I stepped away from the tree painting for a bit. I need to figure out where I need to paint them and until I get some scenery added in the area, I don't want to paint them and then cover them up with other aspects.
So I decided to start working on the ballast from Ruston to Winnfield. Last night I started with the points of the turnouts in this area.
I wanted the ICG to have a different color of ballast, so I play around and decided to use just the plain gray, but later I added a bit of Light Gray and a pinch of Black just for a slightly speckled appearance. Just like the color I chose for The Rocks mainline, I do not like ballast that is a solid color, for The Rocks main line I chose to mix WS Light Gray, Gray, Gray Mix and some Buff.
I tried using some Gamblin Raw Umber powder pigment to dress up the tracks a bit and give some age to them. I found this idea after watching some of Boomer's videos:
You sure don't need much or it becomes over powering on lighter ballast. I applied this to each side of just the rails with a small stiff brush, then sprayed it with water to set it in place.