Lyon Valley Northern

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Saturday, May 25, 2013


This 5 part series is a play by play description of how to paint backdrops.  I was over at Tommy Hood's HO scale Canadian Northern and painted 25 feet in less than three hours.  Anyone can do this and it does a lot to increase the scenery depth in your layout. 


Anonymous Chris R. said...

Hi Chris,

I really enjoyed this series, thank you and your 'crew' for taking the time to step through the process. I model in n-scale. Would you advise any changes in techniques for adaptation to n-scale? For example, should the brush sizes used for the blobs and the fan brushes used for the conifers be about 1/2 the size used for HO backdrops?

6:25 PM  
Blogger Chris Lyon said...

Hi Chris. I believe these techniques could be done in any scale. I would just downsize the brushes to half what I used for HO and you should be all right. I would not change very much other than that. The scale of the mountains and height of the scenery would change as well as you would be higher above the modelled portion of the layout in scale feet than in HO. Horizon line would be lower. Hills would be smaller. trees etc... Practice on a 2x4 ft bit of masonite.

12:13 PM  

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