Friday, August 9, 2013

Trolly and bridge weathering

The Akihiro Morohoshi inspired weathering of my trolly and bridge for the shelf scene is coming along nicely! I'm pretty happy with it.

The bridge was rather straight forward. It was a bright, plastic, candy looking red and I wanted to take it WAY down. This is the first pass and I plan to hit it again after getting a few more elements into the scene and setting it in place.

I really like the look of the trolly in general. The style is rather classic. However, it was also very flat and plastic in nature and it wasn't working with the overall vision for the scene. So, I have to weather it up a bit for starters. I wanted it to look worn and used, but not post-apocalyptic. :)  Just some wear and tear on the body.

I went in with Mr. Morohoshi's style in mind and went to it, hitting the body with a few passes of a red and brown acrylic wash. I had to make sure I was hitting everything equally so it all looked like it was part of the same weathering process.

The last pass gave me the look I was going for - worn and older. It should play well once the lighting and weathering of the buildings and other elements are dropped into the scene. But, looking at it still gave me a feeling that there was something missing. Then it hit me - PEOPLE! D'uh! :)

I popped the body off and took a look around for my people. They were still packed away from the move. I found my "B Team" figures I reserve for the insides of buildings and the like and picked out some trolly riders. 

I misjudged the overall height of the trolley wall originally (...and, I was being a bit lazy and rushing things, I think...) and I thought that placing the figures standing isntead of my original plan to cut them down would actually work after looking at it. However, when I tossed the body on to check, I was completely mistaken, of course.

Post shopping, they were a far better fit. :) I didn't bother adding much more detail to the inside of the trolly based on what was actually going to be seen in the scene. I've learned from my detailing of building the insides of buildings that a lot of time can be spent adding detail that is just never seen, so I've been trying to plan ahead on that front.

Ah! MUCH better! :)

I can't wait to get the other scene elements looking like this! It's going to be a nice addition to the house. My sister-in-law wants me to work on one for her house next. Of course, I'll have to purchase a whole new set of buildings, a trolly and the like for her shelf. :::grin:::  

I'm really using this shelf as a testbed for the full layout. I plan to get into the little details and weathering - even down to the building tiles being varied a bit like the real tiles are. It's a small thing, but it adds A LOT to the scene. Again, Akihiro Morohoshi inspired. 

You can see the random orange tiles on this roof

 As always, comments are welcome.



  1. The people look excellent! You hit it right on the head with what was missing - especially the driver.

    1. Thank you!
      Yeah, it really added to the whole of it. I'm happy with the way it turned out.