# Nictrain123's Sprite Shop

#### Nictrain123

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Howdy! Here's where I'll be showing off my sprite projects illustrating side-views of railway locomotives. I usually model either British or American prototypes, or realistic interpretations of the famous engines from the Rev. W. Awdry's famous "Railway Series" books, and the subsequent television series featuring a certain blue tank engine!

My sprites are made to 1.*86 pixel-per-inch scale, which is approximately 10 pixels per foot. The process I use to create the sprites is by taking a side-drawing of an engine I want to model, taking the total dimensions in inches, and multiplying the value by 0.86, then rounding it off to the nearest decimal.

As an example, if I wanted to make a 12' x 12' block in 0.86 scale, 12 x 12 = 144 inches, which multiplied by 0.86 is a value of 123.84. As the number to the right of the decimal is higher than 5, I cut off all numbers east of the decimal and add the value to the last number a 1. That makes 124 pixels, which equates to 12 ft./144 in. in my sprite scale. I take 10 pixels, two sets in blue and red, and make a measuring stick, which I get the total dimensions of the locomotive in pixels, crop the drawing, and scale it down to the size of the dimension square in Photoshop. Once the lineart has been properly scaled, I trace out the drawing and fill in the detail based on the photographs in Microsoft Paint.

As of recent, my latest project is to try and figure out the Peel Godred Branch engines. Awdry wrote in his notes the engines were electric Bo-Bo configuration engines built around 1923. The branch itself was built to light railway specifications, and is very steep. What me and a friend had in mind was that the PGB engines were built by Metropolitan Vickers to similar designs built for the Metropolitan Railway. The plan involves using the frame of the Bo-Bo's, with perhaps the body of a SAR 1E mounted on top.

I'll try and keep this thread updated with progress as it goes along. In the meantime, I'll also show off other recent examples of my sprites for you guys to see!
I'm also open to commissions if someone would like to see me model a certain railway locomotive or piece of rolling stock of their choice! DM me for prices!

LNWR Large Claughton 4-6-0 No. 5915, painted in LMS Period 1 maroon.

LMS Stanier "Black 5" 4-6-0 locomotive in different liveries

USRA Heavy Pacific 4-6-2 Locomotive, as Indian Valley Railroad #714. Commission by a client.

BR Class 08 0-6-0DH locomotive with varying liveries

Holy frak, that is quite some work! Thank you very much for showing!

Nictrain123
Those are GREAT looking renderings! Thank you for sharing them with us!

Nictrain123
Very impressive pieces. Great reference material for anyone modeling a 3D version. Very easy to look at.

Nictrain123
Great work and I love old locomotives.

Nictrain123
Thanks all for the positive input!

I've went and finished two more variants of the Metropolitan Railway "Metro-vick" Bo-Bo electrics! The first two are called "steeple-cab's", which were later replaced by the BTH "breadbox"-type electrics in the 1920's.

And with those, I have finally finished a concept for the Peel Godred Branch electrics by placing overhead pantographs & components from the SAR 1E. I've done several livery variations based on colors seen in the Railway Series, including NWR blue, green, red, coach brown and other railway's liveries the NWR shared the Island with! I'm thinking of sticking with the darker Brunswick green as it was designated as the uniform livery for goods engines on the NWR, but which livery do you guys like more?

These are beautifull

Nictrain123
Love them all.

Thanks all for the positive input!

I've went and finished two more variants of the Metropolitan Railway "Metro-vick" Bo-Bo electrics! The first two are called "steeple-cab's", which were later replaced by the BTH "breadbox"-type electrics in the 1920's.
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And with those, I have finally finished a concept for the Peel Godred Branch electrics by placing overhead pantographs & components from the SAR 1E. I've done several livery variations based on colors seen in the Railway Series, including NWR blue, green, red, coach brown and other railway's liveries the NWR shared the Island with! I'm thinking of sticking with the darker Brunswick green as it was designated as the uniform livery for goods engines on the NWR, but which livery do you guys like more?

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I agree with the darker green.

Nictrain123
After some input from a friend of mine, I went back and completely reworked the electrics. Now they have more modernized Metrovick cab bodies, combined with the BTH bodies, dual air whistle and horns, and both overhead and third-rail compatibility. As it turns out the Peel Godred branch actually had both, presumably for the tunnel as it may have been cut for a loading gauge to work with steam engines, not electrics. The branch was presumably steam-operated for a period of time between 1923 and 1927-28, until the power company and aluminum works could be operational, and the resevoirs could fill up to generate electricity. The first 3 arrived in 1927, and the last 3 arriving in 1928, all named after ancient Sudric kings.

Later on in the 1980's, the Metrovicks were all updated with modern Class 86-style cabs and bodies, and some of their internals upgraded, whilst still working with the original DC system. Snowplows also fitted.

Hope y'all like 'em! Currently looking to do the rest of the fleet: a shunting engine, battery switchers and maybe some secondhand electro-motive power for emergency duties. Looking at the SAR ES as basis if drawings are available, or the Aussie electric.

Wow! These drawings are gorgeous! There is so much detail in it.

Nictrain123