GTE: My Own Ghost Train
Posted 15 October 2009 - 06:04 AM
Tonight by the full moon, I present to you my latest entry for the Build a Ghost Train Building Challenge, My Own Ghost Train:
Additional images and details coming soon.
Posted 15 October 2009 - 07:42 PM
PS: When is the last train to Gravestone ?
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Posted 15 October 2009 - 08:55 PM
Again a nice combination and photopgraphing/imaging techniques!
I must admit that I never got hands on one of the new ghost shrouds. I only own few of them from older castle sets. This transparent-glowing, however, looks even more mysterious. I should get one of these and some of those new transparent-glowing pieces.
Posted 16 October 2009 - 05:09 AM
A little bit about purple: I had never used the color before in any creation and always wanted to do so. I broke out this set from the garage for just a few pieces to build the Haunted Mansion MOC (pictured in my signature). I think its a very "haunting" color that lends itself well to create spooky MOCs (similar to sand green).
This particular train was meant to be a little more "light-hearted" similar to one of those Halloween Village trains.
This transparent-glowing, however, looks even more mysterious. I should get one of these and some of those new transparent-glowing pieces.
In regard to the photo-editing, I did spend quite a bit of time on this one because I wanted a nice spooky Halloween background. My first background was a haunted house, but it was just too busy. This 2nd, more solid-looking backdrop worked well, and I'm happy with how the steam came out.
What's next, in case any of you are wondering?
This train is not done, as I have a few additional cars to add, and they won't all be passenger cars. I'd like to "spook things up a notch" with some additional accessories (similar to the Grave Stone Ghost Train).
Thanks for the feedback - didn't get too many from the train fans so I'm thinking it must be a bit basic for most of them.
Posted 16 October 2009 - 06:37 PM
I really it!
The locomotive as well as the carriage both look very realistic!
Only three ideas for improvement:
Please remove the yellow hands from the ghost and give him white ones.
I'd use a different style of lettering for the "Ghost Line" writing - perhaps a more ancient style of lettering so it would look more gloomy.
I'd add a door to the locomotive. There is really enough place so it looks a bit empty and strange when there is none. I know that train doors aren't available in purple - but you could try with hinges.
Otherwise it's perfect! The details on the locomotive are stunning and I mainly like the colors - purple and black do work very well for your ghost train!
Very, very well done!
Btw: Since this train could well be used for Western: Will this train appear - with some minifigs and some additional stuff - in your Grave Stone collection, too?
Edited by Klaus-Dieter, 16 October 2009 - 06:38 PM.
Posted 17 October 2009 - 06:46 PM
However, I can't tell you how many times I tried changing the font for the wording, not happy with anything I chose; finally settling for what you see.
I also saw a very interesting inspiration train image that I'd like to try building in LEGO (but I'll need to reconstruct the passenger wagon to do so, if I try it).
In any case, thank you again for the constructive review of this MOC. As a fellow Wild West fan (as well as Classic Town). I enjoy reading your thoughts.
EDIT: KD, I'd love to see you build a train MOC. I know that you own 3225 Classic Train. Perhaps you can use this as a base to spook things up a bit and create a Wild West Ghost Train.
Posted 19 October 2009 - 04:02 PM
A beautiful piece of spooky train creation, filled with lovely purple pieces matched with black roof ceilings certainly emulate some creepy aura upon viewing. Not to mention, that you have done a terrific job on the photo editing to enhance the creepy effects.
It's great to see you acquire so many purple pieces to construct this train and to expand onto your Gravestone theme. It has been awhile since I last saw you do this, but I am glad that you continue on this project.
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Posted 23 October 2009 - 02:24 AM
I realize most of my "spooky creations" are part of the Grave Stone genre, but as I mentioned to Klaus-Dieter, this is outside the realm of Grave Stone and Wild West. It is intended to be more of a Studio Movie Monster train, and my next train car might show off the theme a little better, if I ever get around to attempting to build it.
In any case, thanks for your feedback. I sort of like the thought of a Tran-sylvania Express.
Posted 27 October 2009 - 05:54 PM
I should have snatched that when I had the chance a few years back.
Anyway, THIS is absolutely inspiring! I love the fact that you've gone for the original "no-doors" look for the engine - and the passenger car is also very nice. I was going to say I wonder why there are no passengers, but I just realised how stupid that would sound with the whole Halloween theme going on...
When are you going to upload new pics of the train hauling more spooky cargo? Oh, and by the way... how about adding a 'Ghost Train Shed' to your creations for this month? That would really put the icing on the cake!
Posted 29 October 2009 - 02:11 PM
I have since added a yellow stripe to the engine, passenger car, and small caboose/passenger car (not pictured) as a little extra detailing. I may share a picture of the whole train, if I can get one to come out. Trains are hard to photograph.
Your idea to have a few extra haunts aboard isn't a bad one at all. I always seem to use figs sparingly, not sure why. Love the idea of a haunted shed. Perhaps I may just try one - that would be fun.
Posted 29 October 2009 - 03:16 PM
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