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I started to repaint my big joghn to give it more of a backwoods logging RR look. So far I have painted most of it black. I did the wood platforms with a mix of tan and gray. I still need to do my wash in black to bring out the grains that i sand papered in. The roof im thinking about painting a redish color or just keep black. So far what I have done I think it looks pretty good but it just doesnt have that look im looking for yet (I also have not done any weathering yet.) I really like the look of Brians Dunkirk as well as the Dunkirk from the Dec 2003 GR front cover (the same one in the Gorgeous Garden Railway book on page 107.) Im not sure what I want to do with the sides of the engine. Do I keep it black and give it a light rust to it or do I paint it to look like wood? I have all sorts of colors in the acrylics. I want to stay away from purchasing anything and use the acrylics I have. Here is what I have so far. It still has a long way to go. Also thats my new display track I am working on as well
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Thats a definete improvement. Inkwash the tan woodworks, well the whole thing while your at it.

I have a standard painting practice, Engine Black is the base, after adding decals I then use some Grimy Black over portions of it, then adding accents in Rust and Earth, maybe some other weathering colors, then the Inkwash then a coat of Krylon Matte Meduim.

Adding additional details can be done after or before but I always do it before I weather it. Tool boxes, chains, hoses, stuf like that, the final thing you add should be the figure, an engineer, fireman and if you want real bakwoodsie aappeal a dog sitting somewhere on the lokie.
 

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Jack is the master of painting plastic wood. He had a few tips on this old thread - http://archive.mylargescale.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=37303
I think you have a good base color. I would scruff up the boards by dragging a razor saw across it and digging deeper crevices with an exacto knife.
Give it a black wash to sink into the crevices - diluted black acrylic (1:10 or so in slightly soapy water) allowed to sit for a few seconds and then gently dabbed up with paper towels.
Then I would dry brush a darker brown tone on top. More on drybrushing - http://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/howto/drybrush.htm
You might think about going without those sideboards too.

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I would do the wood on the sides in the boiler color, - - - yours is great.

The wood decking I would do in either a weathered gray or a rather dark brown
 
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