Alexander Court wrote:I 'm really confused to the poor reaction of people to the buildings. If you are into steampunk its got to be a good starting point in this hobby, you are given a model lightly garnished with bits as opposed to buying a fully finished 'real life' style building which you might not have felt like modifying. With the new offerings you can buy them and go to town modifying them, adding pipes and other accessories to give them your personal touch and the models a purpose, it wouldn't be much railway modelling or steampunk if you didn't do any modelling/creative stuff no?
What does not work for me is slapping some cogs somewhere innappropiate that do not appear to do anything useful... That is a waste of time. To me it should be practical when it comes to mechanical items.
What I did admire is a combination of practical inventiveness with individual creative fashion mixed in.
The Victorians made their locomotives beautiful when they didn't have to. I have seen steampunk designs carefully implimented in a similar way.
I have seen ladies and gentlemen design costumes and gadgets which are beautiful and have an air of practicality to them to make them believeable.
I have seen others wear a top hat or a hat, strap some goggles to it and try to fit in. A carbon copier!
Now what is steampunk and how far can it be taken. Some I have seen have been taken into a parallel universe altogether and that's ok. As long as it makes sense.
But going back to my brief view of Hornby's creation. Locos do look interesting so I do think they are ok.
The wagons? Other then an individuals design of paintwork, why add the illusion of gadgetry unless it practically does something? And on a humble wagon, unless it has an ornate tipping mechanism why? Specialist wagons...? Fair enough. One can go interesting there.
Buildings. Needs to look made for a specific purpose before one can add specific details. Not easy, so it maybe an idea to have it in a darkened brick and then have parts for the individual to add later?