This was how the "northend" looked before scenicing. I had quickly added scenery and ceiling tile rocks. I am modeling central California.
This is the finished look.
First I masked the finished parts of the layout.
Then the area was terraformed using the archaic plaster and cardboard strips method.
The original ceiling tile rocks were modified or replaced with new rock formations.
I built bridges to camouflage the holes it the backdrop. These were built to O scale.
I built a small pond as a mud hole. This worked in O scale because of the small size.
I continued the road to add variety.
I use faux fur to represent the golden grass of California.
I made this erosion field. I wanted it to look like nature was reclaiming the land back.
I stipple a mixture of sand and latex paint onto the plaster to give the appearance of loose dirt.
I reworked the backdrop to make the ridges more logical.