Progress this week was slower than anticipated. Looking back I can’t really account for why that was. I didn’t lack for enthusiasm but a few bits and pieces domestically and a few model bits arriving in the post provided a degree of distraction. Still, I’m not working to any sort of deadline so I don’t intend to beat myself up about it. Looking back at the previous post my aim for this week was to start on the base section and the base itself. As I managed both I guess my objective for the week was achieved.
The first image shows the base as it was last week with the stone work largely done but with the rocks still to be painted. In the second photo the rocks have been painted, a little weathering has been done on the tower stone work and I have cut some rough pieces of plaster board to elevate the tower further. You can also see the wooden base the tower will be fixed to as well.
I’m still going for an overall dark look but at the same time needed some contrast between the dark grey stone colour of the tower and the rocks so I settled on various shades of brown.
The reason for elevating the tower further is because I want to have it set on a wider rock base with the sea lapping up against the rocks. Well that’s the theory at least although I’m still not entirely sure how I am going to do the sea but I am more than happy with pressing on with the rock outcrop. As usual I looked to the slate and granite chippings I have on my front garden path as the go to material to use. I needed a few and although I can’t explain my selection process I some how instinctively know what shape and texture I’m looking for. Washed and dried I then set bout trying to put them into position whilst ensuring they blend in with the rocks on the model itself. Far easier said than done and far more time consuming than you might think.
The first image below shows another angle of the base sitting on the roughly cut plaster board pieces which have been stuck together and fixed to the main base using PVA. The second and third photos show the plaster board having been carved out and shaped with the granite and slate chippings being positioned and held in place, again using PVA. The last picture was a brief inspection one of how the base of the model and the base being built will line up.
There are more stones and chippings to be added but for now these need to dry otherwise everything will slip and slide all over the place. From a personal point of view I am happy with how this is coming along. To others, a bit like my Fools Gold diorama, this stage looks like a complete mess but trust me it’s going to look OK in the end! 🤞
Where do we go from here?
Finish adding the stones and chippings and then I need to add filler of some sort to the base while I think about how I am going to do the waves. That’s going to need a lot of thought and there will be some drying time needed as well but if I can get my head around the waves I will be pleased. It might also be a good time to make a start on one of the figures too.