I’ve been working on getting my locomotive models into broader settings. In this work in progress, I’ve started with raw LiDAR data provided by the UK government. This provides a very accurate base model which I then populated with various tree, grass and crop assets - some purchased, and some scratch built. The overall goal of this project is to be able to place any LNER A1/A3 locomotive in any setting in the UK. This is my first attempt to bring all of this together.
This image also shows some experiments with steam, clouds and procedural ballast. The steam is build using a hand-crafted envelope with several layers of displacement. The clouds are rendered using simple volumetrics at full scale and the ballast is fully procedural.
There are plenty of things that I need to fix in the image, but I’d love to hear any feedback.
Here is a clay render of the model.
Finally, an updated thumbnail.