Tuesday, October 10, 2017

On the workbench - finishing the tower

The last couple of evenings have seen my Napoleonic signal tower completed.  Here are the last few steps.  Firstly I've added coarse sand around the edges of the base and the tower and plastered the tower itself with tile grout (except in the places where the stones are showing through:


Next the bare stone surfaces get painted with textured masonry paint:



When the tile grout was dry I painted it in random splurges of various shades of brown, cream and pink:


The next stage was to apply progressively paler coats of dry brushing over the top and then to paint in the remaining details.  Sorry, no pics of that final intermediate stage; I thought I'd taken some but apparently not.







8 comments:

Ski said...

That's really nice. Great job.

Counterpane said...

Thanks Ski!

Phil said...

Congrats, this tower is definitively superb, great details!

Counterpane said...

Cheers Phil!

Andrew Canham said...

Looks great. Turned out really well.

Cheers, Andy

Counterpane said...

Thanks Andy!

Nicholas Caldwell said...

That's a really neat way of adding some color texture to the building (undercoating with different colors and then dry-brushing over it). I'm going to steal that technique! (Dang, and I just finished some mid-east buildings -- that would have been great to use with them)

Counterpane said...

Thanks Nicholas. I can't claim credit; I stole the idea from Richard Clark. Don't know where he stole it from.

I'm considering going back and redoing an Italian house using this technique.