It took a while, but I’ve finished all the battens on my model of Leedham’s Mill:
Since this is a foreground model, I applied individual 1″x2″ strips over the 1″x8″ boards. I stained the boards before adding the battens, but left the battens unpainted. Then, when I brush painted the structure (using “Pure Red” from Army Painter – a wargaming brand), the battens came out brighter. This helps emphasize the relief on the structure. I like the look.
Meantime, I’ve also clad the office extension.
I was unhappy with commercial cinder block sheets – I found the mortar lines to be too large – so I made my own from styrene sheet. (My comment on commercial sheets is a personal opinion: if you have something that works for you, then more power to you!) The wall turned out a little rougher than I’d like it – so I may revisit this. I will paint and weather the blocks, and test the model on the layout, before I make a final decision.
I know that Monster Model Works offers some laser cut concrete block in S scale that might work. It would require rebuilding the office entirely, however, as the product is laser cut on 1/8″ thick sheet. It’s also something that I’d probably like to see in person before buying and paying shipping on it – so it’ll likely have to wait until I get to a show where Monster Model Works is exhibiting.
In the meantime, I can continue to work on this structure. I have doors, windows, platforms and other details to build. And there are other buildings to tackle in the Leedham complex.