Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Colron replacement

Sean asks: I came across your Blog by pure chance I was looking for information about a replacement product for colron wood dye, for use on plastic stone kits any info would be a great help.

I'm not actually sure what Colron wood dye is supposed to do. It's a name that I know from very old model railway magazines, but I don't own a can myself.

(Incidentally, Colron still make it)

At a guess, the dye is painted onto the stone to add colour, especially in the mortar joints.

If I'm right then there is a readily available product that also does this - Citadel Agrax Earthshade. You can buy it from any Games Workshop.

An acrylic wash, you can paint it on anything that needs brown stuff in the nooks and crannies.

My experiment is on a sheet of Wills stonework. I've painted it with Humbrol 121 and picked out a few stones in variations on this. Once dry, aided by a dust of talcum powder, the Earthshade is washed over everything.

I think the results are a bit brown. Perhaps a few drops of black wash (Nulin Oil) would help. A final dry-brush with 121 would help too.


Huw Griffiths said...

That looks good.

Any plans to put stuff like this - and other effective "bodges" / "quick fixes" together in a BRM article (possibly even pullout cards, a supplement or a bookazine for sale at shows)?

Phil Parker said...

Bodges? You mean carefully worked out and inovative approaches to problems...

Huw Griffiths said...

I know that some people associate the term "bodging" with hastily executed, poor quality (or no quality) "workmanship" - but this isn't the only definition of the word.

You might have come across the Wikipedia page about bodging:


That's right - contrary to popular opinion, real bodgers are genuine craftsmen - old school wood turners, best known for turning wooden chair legs using improvised lathes.

I'd actually been aware of this stuff for decades - I probably came across it when I was in school - but then lots of words (in lots of languages) have multiple definitions.

Anyway, what's wrong with "carefully worked out and innovative approaches to problems"?

cparkstone said...

I think I might have said to you before or perhaps it was on my own blog about "Citadel paints" I think they are brilliant and well worth a try