So what kind of board am I thinking about? I was going back and forth between a countryside and a train station. In the end I settled on a train station and its surroundings. More specifically a goods train station.
Using Google I found several images of Victorian train station that would serve as a inspiration. During this research I came across the perfect Empire of the Dead station - The London Necropolis Station. Wow... this was the station out of Waterloo that shipped the dead out of London to Brookwood Cemetary. Unfortunately there are not that many images of the station that was used in 1888 (the second station to serve this purpose). During the Second World War the station was destroyed.
Incredibly I managed to find a station plan of the area, which showed the different buildings and their use. Again this will serve as inspiration rather than a blueprint of the board. The reason for this is that the board would be filled with a lot of terrain on the one side, while the other would be tracks and not much else.
In the last week I have been gathering supplies:
- HO scale railroad tracks, the ones I got are 3 feet long and flexible meaning that I can bend them to fit the layout.
- 0.5 cm foam board for the buildings
- Pink insulation foam - incredibly difficult to obtain in Denmark as it is this hard type is seldom used. I managed to find it at a local builder, who specialises in roofs.
During the weekend I have been making buildings and cutting the insulation foam, which I will use as a base for the platforms.
For my London Docks board I made roofs for all the buildings, but they are never really used. I like the look of them, but they have no use as we take them of so that we can move our minis inside the buildings. So for this project I have decided against making roofs...I hope I won't regret it.
Still a long way to go, but I'm making steady progress.