Thursday, 21 February 2013

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Bishops Bridge


Next up are the 3 over bridges that cross near Byers Green (‘Byers’means‘ancient woods')

Bishop Lightfoot hated the railway and would only give his consent for the use of his land if a
special ‘double’bridge was built over the railway for his personal use.The bridge is twice the normal
width and had trees planted along each side to screen the Bishop from the detested railway. It is now
known as the Bishops Bridge and is unique in County Durham.

The bridges slope from right to left but not mine... :) While I could do it I see no point, it would only restrict where I could use the bridges. Often I square corners to suit my needs, after all I am the sky fairy of this world.
I will make sure the stone matches the under bridge so that the textures can be mixed and matched.
Modular is always wise.

On a different and tragic note, I will be taking a few days out, due to the untimely death of my dad.
I am heading back north to be with family and friends during this sad time.

derek

Bridge wip

Here is the bridge finished for the line to Spennymoor.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Die Hard Vendetta

10 years ago I was lead artist (PS2 producer) on Diehard Vendetta.

I thought I would share some of art from it, all looks pretty dated compared to the wonderful games available today, but it still has some great moments in it.






Movie02
Movie03

Bridge to far

Just something I knocked up to keep my mind off other things.
This under bridge will be used on the Bishop to Spennymoor section. there are a number of these that are under the track up above the park/golf course.
Need to add the embankment and retaining walls.


I will also look to make the over bridges on this section next.

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Monday, 11 February 2013

My strange hobby

On cloudy days I can be seen walking around taking  photos of walls, below is a section of the kind of things I collect.
When you are looking to build an area you want to get the correct feel even if you don't have a real chance of putting in all the detail you want.
Getting the materials right is a big thing for me, of course there are many great texture websites out there and I use a few of them myself, however nothing beats taking your own images.
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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Eden Theater

This building has long since gone and only a handful of black and white photos remain. There are no plans as far as I know (not that I am that bothered) so I made a best guess from what I had and come up with this shape. The length is about 48M(ish)  going by the 1945 google earth footprint, I also made a few guesses on height of levels based on the size of the people.


Details and textures to come! :)

I made the call a few years ago not to worry to much about exact/spotter/rivet counting details on many of the buildings that have gone. (or are still there!) To cover a hundred miles of track compromises have to be made. I know that is a concept a few in the simulator world struggle with but there you go.. :)

As my mam would have said if she was alive ' A man on a galloping horse would not notice!'

bless her.

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Weekend in Bishop

A week ago I spent 4 days in Bishop, this is probably the longest I have been there in many years.
I went up without family to visit my dad who is not so well.
While up I walked around the town (again) taking photos of walls, buildings and places. I only got stopped twice this time by people asking 'whayadeeintakingfotosofmyhoose?'

I just explained I was documenting the town to show how it had changed over the years, easier than telling the truth about textures.

Anyway, one of my next buildings to tackle is the Eden theater which was right next to the tracks at the bottom of Princess street.

I went in and chatted to Eric Thompson who's wonderful paintings and prints are displayed in the gallery in Bongate. He kindly passed on one of his prints for me to study and with a number of old black and white photos I will try and see if I can make something close to how it looked.

Progress to follow soon.