How to Model Concrete Pavements (Sidewalks)

How to Model Concrete Pavements

Continuing the series on how to model a tarmac road, we’re adding the pavements or sidewalks.  One side is slabbed and the other poured concrete.  In the UK, poured concrete pavements or sidewalks are relatively rare but they are much more common in other countries.  Thankfully, poured concrete sidewalks are much easier than slabs.

The key ingredient is a thin layer of plaster over foam.  This allows you to easily crack the concrete in a really prototypical manner.  I tend to stain rather than thickly paint the plaster.

The Real World

View from the High Line
View from the New York High Line
View from the High Line
View from the New York High Line
View from the High Line
View from the New York High Line
View from the High Line
View from the New York High Line
Pavement outside Diner
Pavement outside Diner
Concrete Pavement
Concrete Pavement

Materials

  • Craft Foam – 2mm from Hobbycraft or a similar shop – in the kids’ section
  • Plaster – I used Woodland Scenics Shaper Sheet Plaster as I had it lying around but any plaster of paris will do
  • Paint – I used Woodland Scenics Concrete because I had it but Natural artists’ acrylic is a close match
  • Scribing tool – I used a dental pick but the back of an X-acto knife can work
  • Matt varnish – I used a mix of an acrylic floor polish and Tamiya Flat Base to ensure it was matt
  • Pigments and other weathering powders.

Index

00:09 The Real World
00:34 Method
10:29 Final Result
11:59 Mini Kathys
14:13 Close

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