I’ve had the doubtful pleasure of spending last couple of evenings on painting railroad tracks. Damn, it was tedious… But at the same time, I’m glad I persisted, because several ACW scenarios I want to play have railroad tracks in the terrain layout and once it’s done, it’s done.
Anyway… 6mm railroad tracks, who produces such odd thing? Well, the name of the company is Leven Miniatures and if you’re into 6mm, then you should definitely take a look at their product line. So far I’ve only ordered the tracks from those guys, so I won’t speculate about their extensive buildings ranges, but the tracks themselves are very nice. Individual sections, made of resin, are 6cm long and require minimal clean-up before they’re ready for painting. There are 10 sections per bag for straights and curves and four pieces for interconnections. Two track endings were thrown into the order by the guys at Leven without me ordering them, with note ‘They may be of use.’ Now that’s customer service I like.
The paint job is pretty basic. First, the tracks were primed. Next I airbrushed them with Humbrol Dark Earth. Heavy drybrush with light beige acrylic paint brought out the sleepers. Next, I painted the rails with GW-s Chainmail Steel, which took foooorever. Finally, I botched the entire job with a spur of the moment decision to add some texture with Vallejo pigments, which turned the tracks into dusty mess.