Before I start, I must acknowledge the two main sources of information I've used to create my route:
The Great Northern Railway in the East Midlands No.4 by Alan Henshaw. http://www.meltonmowbray.steamrailways.com/index.php
I've tried as best as I can to match photos from these sources, and overall I don't think I'm a million miles away in most cases.
Acorncomputer wrote:I am starting this thread so that all Challengers who have taken part in this unusual event can reflect on the week, letting us know about the highs, the lows, the good, the bad and generally how it has gone for them.
I'm absolutely knackered! I've been working on my route until around 00:30 every night this week, and have been really starting to feel it over the last couple of days - the route has become all-consuming. Incredibly, once I'd explained what I was doing, Mrs Bob has let me work on it virtually the whole time I've been home from work. She does keep asking "When will this game will be finished?" however. Hmmmm.
The biggest low for me has been the ongoing issue that no matter what I do I can't get a loading screen or route markers working. I left it far too late to sort out in the first place, and I only realised I had issues last Friday night.
I have also learnt that if you chose to build a route in open countryside then that's what you get... Miles of it!
However, the highs have far outweighed the lows: (not necessarily in order)
- Realising I was actually going to get finished
- My first finished route
- My first working semaphore signals
- My first scenario
- My first working Portals
- I actually rather enjoy driving the route!
I'm surprised that you mention terrain painting as being an issue, as this is one area I find rather enjoyable. I'm not sure if this is obvious or not (please forgive me if I'm teaching Granny to suck eggs) but I've found it's a lot easier to hold the brush still and move the world, instead of moving the brush across the world.
I've also been wondering what brush-sizes people are using.
I've used a 25 brush at 0.45 for trackwork in three passes, inside to out; gravel track bed, gravel trackbed grass, bare grass
For field borders (both inner and outer) I've used a 35 or 45, depending on how I felt at the time
With fields themselves, I've tended to max-out at a 105, although 65-85 has been more common
The biggest brush size I've ever used has been 225...
Overall, I've found the Challenge to be a very rewarding experience, and certainly very challenging!