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Posted 16 October 2013 - 10:38 AM

im trying to start my first garage diorama. i have foam board for the base and the walls. i want to make the floors a weathered concrete but am not sure how to achieve that effect.

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:42 AM

By weathered , there are several ways one can depict older concrete. You can have grease stains , pools of oil , cracks , gravel showing , I dunno Chris , you need to give me an idea as to what effect you're trying to achieve .



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:47 AM

i wanna go for the grease and oil stains and some small cracks. i saw this diorama on line that i liked the floor of some something like that is what im going for.

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 12:16 PM

i wanna go for the grease and oil stains and some small cracks. i saw this diorama on line that i liked the floor of some something like that is what im going for.

That's fairly easy.

 

1. If you want the block look, score the board first to simulate the sections of floor.

 

2. Paint the board with water-based flat gray paint. Oil-based paints may damage the foam-core.

 

3. Using dry-brushing, brush on varying shades of gray, black , brown/rust and other colors. The idea is to slightly discolor the board, not completely coat it.

 

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 12:19 PM

watered down brown/black acrylic paints make good oil stains.....whatch what you use since some stuff will burn foam, try on scrap peices if you aren't sure


Edited by Bigjeff, 16 October 2013 - 12:19 PM.


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 12:54 PM

O K , to do grease stains , generally, I'll use a combination of both a Semi Gloss acrylic Black and Flat black . The best looking color to me that represents concrete is from Michaels art stores . Go to the water based paints and get the El Cheap-o Color Smart brand . They have a color called Suede . You'll have to put a few coats as this paint isn't very opaque . Still, you can achieve some really good results out of this paint . To do some cracks in a piece of Foam core , take a pencil and literally draw jagged lines using a VERY DULL POINT . Then coat the board with the suede paint , swab some Burn't Umber , ( A Dark Brown ) into the cracks and wipe up the excess as fast as ya can .

 

I included some old dioramas I've done over the years all depicting different gas stations . Maybe one of the shots will help explain ............

 

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:50 PM

thanks for all the help guys... here is my first sample its on cardboard and i put some plaster over top the cardboard. then i mixed a tan and a gray acrylic paint and got a good concrete color. i didn't allow the plaster to dry long enough so the lines are a little sloppy but im going to do some more samples to see what i like best. once again thanks for all the advise let me no what you think of the first concrete sample.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 10:42 PM

well you dont need any advice because that floor looks superb !!!!!!!

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 04:13 AM

thanks Richard i think for my first go at it, it turned out not to shabby.

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 04:19 AM

o and Richard your hotrod diorama is what inspired me to do one in the first place you have a good eye for detail very nice work on that one.

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 10:19 PM

thnx :)

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 04:56 PM

little sample of a brick wall im trying out. cutting the groves in the brick is tough its not that clean so im gonna work a little on that before i start the real wall.And was wondering does anyone no an easy way of taking off that paper backing on the foam boards mine keeps on tearing.

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 11:59 AM

Chris , you "Aced the course " . Now go to work .......................



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 06:34 PM

You're off to a good start, Chris. As you continue to work, it'll get easier and the results will improve.

 

We'll still look forward to what you do with this project and support you as much as needed.

 

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 03:38 AM

thanks for the compliments guys much appreciated...

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 05:31 PM

Remember Chris you are are your own worse critic. I personally like the brick it has that nice. Old worn out look. I look forward to this builds progression

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 05:53 PM

thanks Dave and i here ya on being your own worse critic, sometimes i think im a little to harsh lol

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 04:30 AM

trust me the floor looks ace , bricks .. i dont think they look bad , if you want like that old look they dont have to be exactly the same , especially with some washes and stuff on the walls ...
great job

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 06:22 AM

thanks for the advice Richard

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 06:59 PM

ok guys i think i have the walls and the floors the way i want them here
is a little sample of how it looks. now its time to start the full diorama .

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