It’s been a productive week for the Pegasus Bridge project, and I’m starting to see things come together. Here’s the latest progress:
I had originally intended to add the bases of my trees and telegraph poles to the foam-board base and then add sand texture over them, but I forgot. Rather than sand down the areas I wanted to use, and effectively start over, I drilled holes into the bases and added pins. This way I’d be able to add them seamlessly. and potentially even move them around if I wanted to.
I did the same pinning method with the trees. It took a few hours, but was worth it for the effect.
I tested out how the trees would pin into the foam surface using an area that will be covered up by the cafe building.
With the groundwork now essentially done, it was time to move onto the fun part -adding all the different flocking textures! This is where you start to see results really quickly, as each layer brings another level of realism to the board.
First, I added a light dusting of fine turf to most of the board. I didn’t want it to cover the dirt underneath completely, so I used a paintbrush to dust off the excess after it had dried overnight.
The first board with it’s completed flock coating. This sets the tone for the rest of the scenery.
I let a little bit overlap onto the road.
Here you can see a couple of stages in – I didn’t have time to take photos with every additional texture as I wanted them to blend together while the spray-on glue was still wet. You can see I added a lighter shade of flock to the grass areas, a darker dirt/stone to the edges of the road, and also a very light mixture of various ballast to the road.
All done, just waiting for it to dry. While it’s fun, this is also the most tense part of the project – there’s really no turning back if something doesn’t look right. I did intend adding a third color to the grass areas, but after the first sprinkle I could tell it would be too different a shade of green to look natural so I left it as-is.
Test-fitting the trees. I added a couple of course turf colors underneath of a very dark green to act as underbrush. It should also cover up the pin holes if I move the trees around.
Test-fitting the telegraph poles. I’ll finish building and painting these in another session.
Future spot of the cafe building. I’ll need to go in and tidy up the patio as well.
That’s it for now. I’m still painting the bridge components – I’ve never painted so much grey! Once I get beyond the base color, I’ll post some more interesting pictures of it. Then I have the canal section. I’m debating whether the effect I’m going for works, or if I should start again with something simple. I’ll have an update in the next post!