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TOPIC: BASE CREATION- creating an Old concrete look (usually for flooring in factories etc)

BASE CREATION- creating an Old concrete look (usually for flooring in factories etc) 08 Oct 2009 02:19 #1

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BASE CREATION- creating an Old concrete look (usually for flooring in factories etc) 15 Oct 2010 20:51 #2

After I created th base for my 17cm, I thought it might be a useful step by step for anybody looking for a technique on creating a factory floor or old building floor. I applied it too my proto workshop floor for the Grille, emphasising the used and old look, as the experimental area I was depicting looked as though it was that typical WW2 era, grey brown and dusty indoor concrete. So I set about simulating that in the following way.........

Step 1-Surface creation
I was looking for an effect that wasn't too ordered and portrayed a visual look that suggested the area of interest was not confined to the squarish wooden base but more than that , you just couldn't see it from where you were looking. Having a square edge to the concrete would give the floor more attention and presence than I wanted to have, so I went for a uneven edge, where the finer details [of the scene] would spill on to the wood, as though they are at the edge of the scenes own reality. Sorry if this sounds deep and a bit stupid but I don't know any other wasy to describe what I wanted to create. Embarassed
I started by applying a relatively thin coat of multi-purpose filler (water based) and mixed it to a 'porridge like' consistency.
I spread this out flat in even strips with a wide flat putty applicator that you can get at any hardware. Once the area was covered evenly I applied more to certain ares and smoothed it off in different directions until I was happy with a pattern that suggeted squarish patterns like hand laid concrete. When its done manually, long poles (like brooms) are used with flat wide wooden ends to smooth out the bumps, and these leave tracks.
I also encouraged certain areas to have spots 'pull away' from the surface and this was accentuated when nearly dry with sand paper (explained further on). Please see detail thumbs for a closer look. Wink
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