Monday, 4 July 2016

Waiting for the train

I'm still greenstuffing muties. Desperately long and slow process. In the meanwhile, when the greenstuff is curing, I can take some other projects back. One of them is a big box full of MDF kits I got ages ago. MadMechaGuy makes some really sexy scenery (15 and 28 mm) and quite reasonably priced too. I got a number of kits and I hadn't even begun with any of them.

I decided to start with a different, iconic piece. The elevated monorail station. I fell in love with it when I first saw the piece. I thought it would fit in my urban setting.

Ehhm. You may need better pics
Unfortunately I didn't take any WIP pics. That is because of a reason. The kit is sweet, but I'm afraid the assembly process is not the most intuitive one (I'm being polite). The fact is that you don't get any instructions and your only reference are a couple of partial pics on his web. I mean, I'm no new to the MDF kits world, and I've spent some time assembling some pieces of scenery from a number of manufacturers. But man, it took me some time to make this work. So sorry, I didn't take pics as I was just trying to guess what was where.

The painting was ultra easy. Green spray all over, and grey for the floor. That's it. For the weathering I recurred to my old trick. Lacking an airbrush, I used primer spray of different colours. That made it look dirty, as you can see above!

Then it was time to customise it a bit. The kit is a great main body (despite the assembly problems) but it needed my personal touch to make it fit in my ambientation.
 
Station props made of card
I added some rust effects and additional weathering and it begun to look like this:



The station is really big!


The access ramp is too steep, I'm afraid
I added a sign at the entrance with the name of the station, using MDF spare parts.


The ticket validator is an old stormbolter magazine from the Leman Russ kit
The final touch was adding some signs and posters, from the collection I have already used (still uncredited, if you happen to know the source, I'll be glad to edit the post):


Why are we waiting for the train? We don't even have a railway!


There is some space for ads I could use here...
The main kit is complete with these two shelters. The first one is for the ticket vending machines:



One works, the second one has an error blue screen, the third is out of order. Usual stuff


More signs on the rear part
The other one is just a bus stop/plain shelter/whatever. I simply glued some signs front and back. Here you have both of them:



The moment I'm taking the pic I'm realizing...


...I glued all the signs upside down on one of the shelters. F$#@&
So this is the main part of the train project. I still have to put stuff together for the railway and the train itself. You know, I'll be jumping from this to any other of my open projects randomly. I hope it doesn't take too long!

22 comments:

  1. Very nice, I will say it was worth the pain if assembly.

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    1. Thank you! Right, the kit is great looking, no regrets at all :)

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    1. Thanks! It's certainly quite a piece!

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  3. That kind of scenerey reminds me of teh old Syndicate game which was brilliant. Love it.

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    1. Now that you bring the matter up, I must confess I'm heavily influenced by its sequel, Syndicate Wars. That kind of ambientation made its way right through my mind and it's somehow the way I visualize my board!

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  4. Cool freehand on the signage/screens Suber! Really makes a difference.

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    1. Thank you! I believe in the power of details to bring generic stuff to life. They add some kind of depth, no matter if they are well seen or not, but on the whole those tiny things add credibility to the Project, I think.

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  5. At first I thought, Oh cool he pimped his TV stand XD

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    1. Hahahaha! That would have been so epic!!

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  6. wow!
    this is looking really cool!
    Good job!!

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    1. Thank you! Still lot of work ahead!

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  7. I love the 3 ticket machines with only one working.
    Those details really set your work apart.
    Great stuff.

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    1. Thanks! Hehe, the Windows blue screen was a must!

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  8. That is an impressively substantial piece. Love all the little details.

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    1. Thank you, I could have added more, but I think it's enough this way, glad you like it :)

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  9. I absolutely love this piece mate! It looks awesome and kind of reminds me of the 1993 computer game 'Syndicate'

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    1. Right, as I discussed with JB, the whole Syndicate stuff is quite present in my personal imagery. I need more stuff!

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  10. Oh man the details in that terrain. A lot of hard work. But looks so good. :)

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    1. I wanted to include more silly stuff, bins, benches, I don't know, that kind of stuff. But in the end I think less is more, the station works just this way :)

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    1. ¡Muchas gracias! Es una pieza curiosa, da variedad por lo inusual :)

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