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Old 14-04-2018, 04:25 PM   #11
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I understand your problem. I too wasn't happy with my ballast - I used brown mixed with some grey. I looked at it for ages then set about weathering. I ended up 'painting' it using a range of greys and a weak black wash. I might as well have started with grey in the first place. Even now I look at it and think - not sure. I reckon its the hardest thing I've done so far.
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Old 14-04-2018, 04:36 PM   #12
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The colour of ballast varies everywhere. Take a look at Grosmont station, it is just like black plaster, hardly a loose stone to be seen.
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Old 14-04-2018, 05:29 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the ballasting tips guys. Iíve done a bit more since i posted those pictures and it looks a bit better. I am planning to weather it and edge it with static grass and other materials but need to get the ballast down first really. Iím quite pleased with my coal yard it looks good and ive raised it up quite a bit like I think a coal yard would look.

I also picked up a gaugemaster prodigy advance 2 today for the bargain price of £95. Chuffed with that!
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Old 14-04-2018, 09:01 PM   #14
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To my eye, the ballasting and scenery is immaculate. I wish I had such a steady
hand. What comes to my mind is perhaps a dilute wash of black, should it be
desired to tone it.

As to myself, I have been dreading the prospect of laying much needed ballast on
the layout "Bamburgh." Being a lazy sort, I plan to spray Woodland Scenics
foam road bed with textured paint, add a dash of dilute black when dry, for a
little contrast, and be done of it.
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Old 14-04-2018, 09:25 PM   #15
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I'm going to try shed felt for ballast. A tip from Youtube.

Not sure how it will go and getting it level but worth a try.
I needed to patch a small area of my shed and had to buy a huge roll so might as well.
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Iíve always thought my ballast was pretty scruffy but I think it looks OK.
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Old 14-04-2018, 10:23 PM   #17
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I knnow ballasting sounds like it could be a pain but getting it down and gluing it just takes time itís not difficult. The technique I have used is just get a table spoon, drop a little in between the sleepers and then down the sides, then tap the rails with the back of the spoon. All the ballast then neatly falls into place between the sleepers and it looks really tidy. Then just glue it down.
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Old 14-04-2018, 10:27 PM   #18
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Iíve always thought my ballast was pretty scruffy but I think it looks OK.
Looks good to me! I like the scatter materials between the tracks, blends really well. Iím not very good with colour blending.
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Neither am I. Add a bit and if it looks odd add a bit of something different and so on. I know the ballast on the railways pre war was pretty smart when they had gangs of permanent way staff looking after it but generally it was/is pretty scruffy.

The stuff beween the track is mostly sharp sand with a few green bits.
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Old 14-04-2018, 11:27 PM   #20
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Always struggle to understand why so many grumble about ballasting, it's fairly straightforward if you take your time. I find a ballast spreading tool useful for even ballasting and a 1" flat artist's brush is good for brushing it into place and straightening the edges.
Don't rush and don't look for shortcuts is my advice.

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