Saturday, 25 April 2015

Station Action

With a little help from my friends we have looked to model a further 10 stations.
I now need to get them in game. Spent the day fixing Bishop Auckland Station. The platform was to low and by raising it meant I had to do some major reconstruction on a few walls which will mean a rebake of the light map.

1 more month till I look to submit it to QA!

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Monday, 20 April 2015

But back to the Bridges!

Tees Viaduct

Stations I hear you cry...Durham - WIP

Coming along nicely, the Captain has hit the back of the net with this one.
Needs the details and surrounding scenery placed back but I think it looks a tad better than the old Kuju Durham station...





Sunday, 19 April 2015

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Large assets

I've been reading a few comments about why stations are placed as huge assets instead of lots of small elements brought together in the world editor.
As if we do it to stop freeware creators from using the assets... it is nonsense of course, there is no motive around it other than it is much easier for the artist to bring the assets together and shadow bake them so they feel solid and then for the route builder to lay the asset once.

It is also a pain trying to select and move small assets in and around larger ones. Over the years we have streamlined the process so we are like world building ninjas... (not me, I'm like a Trex bumbling around with small arms and fat legs shouting a lot)

I have tried where I can to create assets from elements of larger assets, but of course one has to be aware of the asset folder size too.

I really want people to use my assets for their own routes if that is what they want to do but my first concern is what is right for the route.

Take the East Thickely bridge I have just made, It would be a pain to build that bridge from elements from a world building pov and I as an artist would have to make 5 or 6 different assets instead of just 1.

However, that said I can understand the frustration that some route builders have when you don't have the right asset for a location.

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East Thickley Footbridge Shildon


I will get round to the stations....

Monday, 13 April 2015

Bridges everywhere!

Honestly I have not made a route with so many bridges!
Anyway, here is Skerne Bridge, a fairly famous one as bridges go...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockton_and_Darlington_Railway

I have added the extension on the far side too as in my time period there is 5 tracks heading towards North Road.


I rather Bish Bash Boshed this out tonight while sipping a fine wine. However I would like to point out that drinking and poly modelling is not normally advised! :)

Tees Viaduct next?

But what about the Stations I hear you cry!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Eldon footbridge - Shildon Tunnel



Here is a few from my childhood. I use to play around this area, it was great for BMX riding.
This footbridge is still there.
The bridge in reality has the support slightly off centre, but I made mine symmetrical for 2 reasons; 1 to fit the track layout and 2 so that it can be used more generically. There are hundreds of bespoke assets but some just have to be multitasking.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Newton cap viaduct - WIP


Made Skirlaw bridge and now it looks a little but more recognisable!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Interpretation - A stylistic representation of a creative work

So this is a subject I want to cover... And I am keen for a few to understand.

Over the many years I have been working on this project I have gathered a huge amount of resource.
It has been fascinating to see and understand how the network grew, worked and then slowly closed down.
Seeing once wonderful stations and buildings go to ruin is sad, I also struggle to understand why a number of key buildings were not kept, the powers that be seemed very short sighted.

Anyway, I picked my time period, 1950 till the closure of most the lines in 68.
My network is all open and all stations open for travel even if they would have been closed in that time period.
When anomalies get pointed out to me, I more often than not know if the choices I made were artistic or not. Our subject matter is all about detail and for the most part I love it, but for something to move on artistic compromises are made, but it's ok I am at peace with that. :)

To sum it up a little better, This is more of a painting than a photograph. If I thought something spoiled the view, i'd delete it, Bosh!

I know this may be heresy to a small number but I did not make it for those small few. I made this for myself mostly.

What started out as me wanting to make my home town train station 9 years ago ended up in a very complicated and detailed network that is great fun to drive.

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Heighington WIP


Still WIP and missing the main building at the crossing, but give you an idea of the area.
The signals and gantries have not been updated yet but once they are done the whole route will look much more finished.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Middleton-in-Teesdale


Middleton In Teesdale WIP. Looking forward to this area, it is such a lovely place with water towers and turntables.