My copy of Volume 3 of the scenery series by Gordon Gravett arrived this week, and it includes a section on modelling roads. As it happens, I had a couple of roads that needed painting, so I read through Gordon’s approach and it inspired me to tackle my own.
I brushed the roads with a medium-dark grey I found at the local art supply store and left it to dry. Today, while heading to the farm where I work my border collie on sheep, I paid close attention to the colour of the roads and took a few reference photos. When I got back from our lesson, I grabbed a brush and my set of weathering powders and went to work.
The roads I saw today were in various states of repair, but unless they were new they were a faded black – lighter than the paint I’d used. Lanes were darker – the result, I’m guessing – of tires shedding a little bit of rubber which then gets ground into the road surface. The centre of the road was paler, and the edges had some brown in them. So that’s how I weathered my roads.
In addition, I added patches of brown where cinder drives and dirt roads meet the main road, to show that some of the dirt has been tracked onto the road by vehicles pulling out.
Also, I laid down a narrow line of dark rust on either side of each rail in my crossing, and then blended that into the roadway. I think this picks up the colours of the roadbed quite effectively and shows where the trains have spread dirt, rust, etc., onto the road surface.
I like the effect I’ve achieved, which is the most important thing…