Lyon Valley Northern

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Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Coal mine on the go

Well I am back at it and I decided my first project was to build a coal mine. I used the walthers gravel as the main building for this open pit mine

I went outside and painted it with Cam paints from Canadian Tire. I used dark green and tan.

Here are a few shots I took outside in the natural light. I first painted the building green then I dusted it with tan to age it.

Next step was to cut out the open pit with a jigsaw making a road which curves down into the mine. Then I put in a lower layer of base in and screwed it to the bench work. Then the road to the base.

I then proceeded to paint the backdrop using the all mighty brush with yellow and black high viscosity acrylics in the tube. The black has a blue base so when you mix it with the yellow you get green. Thinning with water makes the colours lighter for distant trees.

After fixing the foam to get an open pit look, I painted it flat black with house paint and then put real dirt on it. I let it fall naturally over the sides. I then took spoon fulls and tossed it at the wet paint on the cliffs to get the earth look.

In my next post there will be dirt on the roads and all the pit will be finished. I will have extended the paint work in behind the mine...have added a variable landform on the top and put in trees and bushes.


Blogger Mike Sherbak said...

All I can say is WOW ! AWESOME JOB Chris
You make it look so EASY !
Incredible work - Thanks so much for sharing
All the best
Mike S in Rincon GA

10:31 PM  

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