I always wanted a gravity train for my miniatures, but the MDF versions that I saw were quite expensive. So, I decided to build my own out of foam board. I had thought about making these with either wheels or on a track of sorts to raise them slightly off the ground. I struck this idea down in order to save time. I may add something down the line, but for now I’m okay with the look of the designs. The decision to not add the raising elements did make stacking the finished pieces easier and also opened the door to using the pieces as something other than train cars (bridge sections between buildings, etc.).
The build is really quick and easy, so I’ll show most of this through pictures rather than text.
Foam Board (regular, not Reddi board)
Plastic Grating (can find in any craft section)
Cardboard detail pieces (I bought the board game Down Force and used the remains of the token punch board to cut out the train designs)
BBQ skewers for detail
Cheap Paints (I used Apple Barrel: Orange, Yellow, Red, Copper, Gunmetal, and White for touch ups. I used Black and Neon Green (not Apple Barrel) for computer panels)
Wood Stain for weathering
The ends of the car have one larger opening for moving between cars. I put two entry points on each side to allow for a variety of set ups.
I was going to built a roof for the cabin, but I wanted to save time and I could not think of a good design that would be quick to build.
I glued the grating down and painted it with the Gunmetal and then Copper.
So there you have it. As of today, I am 90% finished with my big terrain build. The next few weeks will most likely show case that. I still have a skiff and a pile of modular ruins to paint up, but everything else is done and ready to start using in game. Turn 12 is split into multiple parts and this train and some of the new terrain elements will begin to showcase in that mission.
I did have to come up with some rules for vehicles and trains to work into the game. So far, they seem to be working out well.