Wednesday, February 5, 2014

More Cobbles

So not long after writing yesterdays post I came to the conclusion that the cobbles definitely were not right. I'd gone for a very random cobblestone look, but this really doesn't work when the cobbles are all the same size as you can't place them randomly without them either overlapping or with large gaps between them. So I've started experiment number two.

Here you can see the current progress on this second attempt. Essentially I've stuck with the same technique, borrowed from Chris Nevard, but this time I've placed the stones in a regular pattern and I think this looks an awful lot better. One thing I like is that it isn't perfect. I could probably do this with some embossed plastic sheet but I think it would always look too regular. Hopefully this version, once painted, will work and be regular enough to be convincing but not so perfect as to look modelled.


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    1. Thanks Adrian, it's good to know that other people things it looks better and it isn't just me.

  2. Yes, this is a vast improvement. I'm glad you haven't used embossed plastic sheet, because it just looks like what it is...regular and boring. What you are doing is a one-off ...I made a stamper out of styrene, and also uused one or two different redundant computer/mobile phone cable male sockets..what you are doing looks great. I am sure the Nevard method of painting will work really well, too - looking forward to seeing the results!

    1. Yes, the regular repeating pattern of embossed sheeting is what I'm desperate to avoid. I was thinking I could cut the tube into short sections and assemble a tool that would let me emboss multiple stones at once. This would save an awful lot of time, but I'm worried that it would leave too big a gap between the cobbles. I might give it a go it a small test though, as otherwise cobbling a large area is going to take quite a lot of time.

      As for the painting, I'm hopping to write about that later today; I'm not sure I've got it quite right yet, but it looks promising.