As can be seen fro the photographs I did decide to go with colouring-in the inside walls, as if they had been plastered and painted, rather than just leaving them as 'stone'.
I went with with the most prevalent colours that I could find, that are in evidence. Namely a rosy-pastel red, yellow ochre, white and black. I could just as easily have plumped for a pastel blue too as that is in much evidence on buildings too.
|One of the two 'side' plinths|
|Photo showing the beading and baseboard|
I surrounded the foam with some 6mm quarter-round beading to protect it, consequently leaving a 1mm edge showing. To compensate for this I've filled the entire outside area of the arena with cheap Poindlandworld ready-mix filler, (including the areas under the arches, but not the 'animal pens').
The baseboard had been given a quick gloss spray undercoat in the initial stages of this build, but I gave it another much needed coat using Humbrol gloss black enamel to clearly define it. Various brown etc. were used for the outside of the arena as the base colour, but these all need a lighter highlight rather than be left as the muddy morass it appears at the moment. There are also one or two other areas that need touching up paint-wise, but nothing too dramatic; the arena 'as-is' is ready to from my point of view!
|Statue and 'drape'|
The first feature is a statue, which I was always going to include ands what the dais was originally intended for. I picked up a very suitable plastic model from ebay (use the search Safari Rome in Toys and Games to find similar items). I think it looks OK, but for the fact that its coloured! Whilst I believe the Romans (and other civilised peoples at the time) used to colour their statues, we're so used to seeing them as bare stone that I should re-paint it as such; currently I'm undecided.
The second feature which I'm considering adding to the model is the addition of some 'banners' for want of a better word, draped over the balustrade of the podium. This would be a simple addition, using some embroidery ribbon material supplied to the cause by my daughter and cut to length. As the ribbon is gold and purple I thought it very fitting and would add yet another bit of colour to an otherwise fairly drab feature of the model.
As the base-board is so substantial I've also thought of mounting it on its own removable legs, maybe at coffee-table sort of height, but those thoughts are currently merely that - thoughts.
In the meantime I do have some stick-on table protectors to affix to the baseboard.
If you're following this project I do hope finding something of interest from it, but that's all for this week.