Sunday, 13 November 2016

Drop Cloth

Some weeks ago I bought myself a large piece of Camel coloured Polar Fleece. I was quite happy with the colour in the shop, but when I got it home and looked at it on my paint desk in bright sunlight it looked too garish to me. I next took it out to the games room which is darker and thought that it looked ok. So what would happen when I took it to a convention? was my next concern.

The next sunny weekend I was able to find time to try and dye the cloth to make it a Darker brown. Luckily I had a packet of Dye in my supplies so thought this was going to be easy.

Looks a bit garish

Looks better in Games room

Looking good

Normally this container holds my Pirate ships

It took overnight to dry out properly but when I compared the cloth to an off cut it looked no different to my eye.

So next step was to go and find some paint cans of the right colours.

Waiting a couple of weekends for some dry weather I then I hung the cloth onto the washing line and gave a light spray. (I wonder what the neighbours thought of me doing this and the smell?)

Looks ok to me, but when I reread Ian Knights accounts of the Battle of Isandlawana and Rorkes Drift he mentions that the Movie was filmed in the winter because the weather was more settled, but the battles actually happened when the spring growth of new grass should be quite evident. I think that when we have another dry weekend I will lay the cloth down on the back lawn and spray some Green paint horizontally and let the spray drift down to lightly coat the surface.

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