The base plate for the vignette (plywood)
I tried the mix of ballotini and highly diluted PVA glue for adding the texture to the stones and concrete parapet. The results are very good. Don´t buy the overpriced products from Andrea etc... You can buy 0,5 kg microballs (ballotini) for 1/10 of the price of the Andrea´s product.
The mix of ballotini and diluted PVA was applied on the retaining wall. The tubes are from cotton applicators.
Mr. Surfacer was prayed over the whole surface
The basic painting
After acrylic wash and highlighting with oils
The mortar is a mix of pigments (AK042 and MIG P054). It was fixed with pigment fixer. As you can see, the nice colour variations of the stones dissappered. I overdid the washes and pigments. But the result is still very nice and I won´t paint the wall again. I will be cleverer in the future.
The second highlighting with oils.
The retaining wall and drain are now fixed to the base plate.
The tarpaulin is simulated with paper tissue soaked with diluted PVA.
Basic painting of tarpaulin. It needs some highlighting and weathering. The patches of newer tarpaulin are sealed with tar on their perimeter. I simulated tar with mix of dense PVA and Tamiya´s X1 black. It has snot - like consistency, which is perfect for this purpose. I applied it with a toothpick.