Well, boys and girls, I've been getting up early every morning to try and get a half hour a day in on the layout to try and finish it for the deadline. Lots of little bits added, many of which don't really even show, but all of the critical elements are finished! So the layout is essentially done, just not officially
done. I still have some figures to finish and the water needs more acylic on it.
Here's a paper crocodile model I downloaded and printed at about 25%. I added glue scales and repainted it...
I really like the way it came out. Unfortunately, the only space for it on the layout is way in back, almost out of sight completely!
For the upper track, I did a simple steam car to ferry the aeronaut around his craft.
I wound up adding lots of card details that I immediately hid!.
It's not particularly piratey or steampunkish, but I wanted it to be the classy transport for the highly regarded aeronaut.
The driver for the steamcar is the fellow in the blue shirt, and in full flight regalia, the aeronaut to the right. There are a few more pirates under construction as well.
Now for the main motive power, I wanted something more steampunk, so without any concept in my head at all, I started building.
So, lots of bits later, it wound up like this. But I'm getting a little tired of the laborious effort it takes to do mache' men, so I thought this loco need a steam robot to drive;
In the meantime, I added a defensive platform and mounted a powerful gun in case of attack. Can't wait to see what happens the first time they fire the gun.
Some paint on the loco.
And on the driver;
Put them both together;
Here it is doing its job;
There are a number of added paper fish, small details, etc., but I haven't even begun to think about lighting the layout. It wasn't part of my original "vision"!