Friday, 25 December 2015

How to: Characters - Part 01

This is a subject I have promised to talk about for a very long time.
Sorry for those of you that have been waiting, and by now most of you that wanted to know already figured it out.

However before I get into the skinning and rigging details...
Does anyone want to know how we go about modelling/texturing a basic character?
By modern standards the characters in TS are very basic but that is ok as they are not the stars of the show.

You can however get some fantastic results but you really need to put the time into it, modelling a great character can take as long as modelling a very detailed engine and cab.

While I can model characters, I am very much a generalist artist and not an expert in character modelling or animation. There are many tutorials on how you can create wonderful characters/faces and clothing, but as time is not something I have much of I will only really touch on the basics.

There are two types of blue prints that can be used for animated characters.

  • - Anim scenery blue print
Anim scenery blue print can be used for simple looped animations. These objects appear in the browser list and can be placed as normal animated scenery objects.

  • - Anim procedural scenery blue print

Anim procedural scenery blue print is somewhat more complicated, they are used for Platform passengers and these characters do not appear in the browser list.

Anim procedural scenery blue prints get referenced by a Platform characters blueprint (This specifies population and character types)

Platform characters blueprint is then referenced by Platform section blueprint.

Platform section blue print is the loft shape that gets laid in game.

But before we get into all of that we need to set up our basic folder structure.

Within your Source folder structure Provider/Product/Scenery folder create a new folder called 'Characters' and within that folder create another folder called 'Textures'

Now we are ready to begin!


  1. Looking forward to this series. My animated character left a lot to be desired

  2. Great, Derek. I'm looking forward to enhance my TS-World. I can't see the four Kuju-Zombies anymore :-D I need some fresh people ... (BTW: Happy new year!)

  3. Good to see your pages back on line Derek. Any passed on knowledge is always very welcome.

  4. Good to see your pages back on line Derek. Any passed on knowledge is always very welcome.

  5. Hi guys no problem. My daughter was ill over Christmas so I took some time out, she is on the mend now so I can resume.

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  7. Yes, please.Love your tutorials, they have helped me a lot in getting and understanding many things about RW.

  8. Nice start for a very important tutorial. Did you know how long we have to wait for the second part? I look forward to it.

    Sorry for my bad english ;-)

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  10. Could you please do a tutorial on palleted textures?

  11. Derek,

    In your Emissive Glow Tutorial (which is brilliant by the way) I have found that there is a few differences which is creating problems for me. In Blueprint editor (is this the asset editor?) I tried following your instructions to the letter but I think TS2017 has changed. I am using Blender but its ok I can work out that 3ds max is similar I am learning a lot, I just need to know about 'light blueprints', specifically the point light and spot light blueprints. How do I create one? I went to create the point_light.igs blueprint file but all I can do is make a Blueprint for the point_light.igs file and I don't know where to put the component distance (Step 2) and colour (cannot find it). I think this is because things have changed since then. Hope you can help.


    Daniel, Australia

  12. Derek,

    I found part of the answer at least 6:39 here
    I have to right click the folder 'lights'. I'm still learning....

  13. Can you make a tutorial on how to get a loco into railworks please?