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    Does anyone have a good formula for coloring the ballast between the rails to make it look more realistic?

    I've tried a variety of Indian Ink and Alcohol formula's but can't seem to get it to look right, it always turns out too dark OR too light. I would like to get that "dusty, dirty, grimy" look. Perhaps a weathering powder instead of a liquid mix?
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    Good ol' Polly Scale Earth and/or Grimy Black acrylic (or the Vallejo or Testors equivalent) thinned with water should do the trick, Tony.

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    @Paul Schmidt

    Thanks mate, appreciate it
    Cheers Tony

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    Hi Wombat457,

    I've used powdered chalks and Pan Pastels between the rails.

    Use a soft brush and gradually build up layers of dirt/grime/rust.
    Happy Modeling

    Bruce

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    @BruceNscale

    Thanks Bruce, I was considering weathering powders as well. At least with them if (or when) I stuff it up I can wash it all off and start over
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceNscale View Post
    Hi Wombat457,

    I've used powdered chalks and Pan Pastels between the rails.

    Use a soft brush and gradually build up layers of dirt/grime/rust.
    Good technique I've used as well. I like to load up one of my chalk applicator brushes with the color I want, then lightly tap the brush handle as I hold it just over the track or other area, distributing a relatively even dusting. Then I come back with the brush and work in the color, keeping my strokes parallel to the rail.

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    Tony I've posted this particular video several times.
    I've given this method a try and it works like a charm.

    Follow the link and jump 3:35


    https://vimeo.com/15983976
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    Tony I've posted this particular video several times.
    I've given this method a try and it works like a charm.

    Follow the link and jump 3:35


    https://vimeo.com/15983976
    That looks to me to be the best method I've seen yet, Allen! Paint pigments and a bit of plaster -- shades of zip texturing. ...

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    @Allen.H

    Thanks for the link Allen and think I will give that a try. I have a heap of Bragdons Grimy Black Powder so maybe later on this evening, once I have completed the ballasting, I'll give a section a go and see how "I" do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    That looks to me to be the best method I've seen yet, Allen!
    Agreed - simple, clean and you don't need to be a rocket scientist
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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    @Allen.H

    Thanks for the link Allen and think I will give that a try. I have a heap of Bragdons Grimy Black Powder so maybe later on this evening, once I have completed the ballasting, I'll give a section a go and see how "I" do.
    Tony this is basically what I used, might have been a different brand, but it was like $3 a bottle, enough to last a lifetime and then some.
    https://www.artquid.com/art-material...paint-m56.html

    I think I picked up at Michaels or Hobby Lobby?
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    How does this look and please be honest?

    Cheers Tony

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    I would like it a little lighter with a dark streak in the center of the ballast. [Oil slick]
    Should have a bit more on the out side of the rails.
    But that is just me.
    Yes I talk to myself, I sometime need expert advise.

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    @big bill

    Thanks for your honest opinion and I do agree with you - it could be a little lighter at the edges with the dark strip down the middle. Will have to work out how to do that without piling powders ontop of each other and loosing the ballast texture. Fortunately, this is just a small test piece of track so the actual layout track hasn't been touched as yet.

    As for the outsides of the rails, I didn't do them at all but yep, needs to have something there as well.
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    I agree it's a bit too much. Ideally you would want some variation between the two rails. Darker in the middle and fades lighter as you go towards the rails. Right now, from the picture, I only see one solid color with no fading. I know there's not a whole lot of distance between the rails so it'll be tricky.

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    Try to keep the dark coloring toward the middle, Tony. But everyone else has already pointed that out

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    @kingmeow @Paul Schmidt

    Thanks gents and yeah, I agree and King, it IS going to be tricky me thinks, almost makes me wonder if it's worth the effort

    As this is only a small piece of track, and being the wombat I am, I'll persevere for a little and see what happens.
    Cheers Tony

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