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Video: The Night Train


careldewinter writes:

This is the 5th video in my series in which I am promoting the selection of music for use in role-playing video games. These pieces I am hoping eventually to put up on the Unity Asset Store and possibly the unreal Engine marketplace. It is also a way of keeping myself occupied while in lockdown, so the animations tend to be a little more elaborate than they need to be. This one is called “The Night Train.”

You may have heard the Swiss railways are actually rather good. This also proves to be the case in this alternate reality,

This is a world which diverged from ours when Napoleon won at the battle of Waterloo. Baron Von Richthofen came to Switzerland as a refugee child after the French annexation of East Prussia (In our world this is now a part of Poland, except for the Prussian capital Konigsberg, which under the name of Kaliningrad is now a part of Russia). In the world this train inhabits, the Swiss have become a major power, coexisting uneasily with the French, and Sherlock Holmes is a spy, working for her majesty’s government in exile, which is based in Ottowa, Canada.

This video is rendered using blender 2.82 and the Eevee render engine, Created during Lockdown, in 10 days, (Though some of the models were taken from previous projects).

The music was recorded using Garritan personal Orchestra and Cakewalk.

About Author

Colin Masson

Born late 1958 of Anglo german parents, I spent my early years in a small town north of Hamburg, then in various army camps before moving to Great Britain in 1968. My first sign of an interest in music was at the age of 3, showing enthusiasm (and dancing along to) Telstar by Joe Meek. I admit to no memory of this, rather my mother told me about it. My parents were avid jazz fans, and at the age of 11 I was presented with a trombone, which almost put me off music completely. My enthusiasm was rekindled when a kindly neighbour gave me an old acoustic guitar. By then in my mid teens, I bought a second hand record player from a friend. The first record I bought was “Collected Organ Works Volume 1 by J.S. Bach, shortly followed by Midnight Mushrooms by Gryphon, and Hergest Ridge by Mike Oldfield. Then, when I started at winchester school of art, I spent my travel grant on my first electric guitar, and then hitchhiked to college for the rest of the year. Whilst at art school I played in a punk band called the BA (The original guitarist had to drop out because he shredded his fingers in his enthusiasm), however I was thrown out because I knew too many chords, and wore a woolly hat. Subsequent bands had names such as Scavenger, the Gestalt, Big Amongst Sheep, and Elidor. They all had one thing in common, they rehearsed a lot and never played any gigs. None lasted for more than a few months. The next band, The Morrigan was a different kettle of fish however. In its 25 year history it played a lot of gigs, including 2 stints at Glastonbury in the 90’s, and released five well received albums. In the end the band did not break up, rather it retired, and might yet crawl out of the woodwork. I released my first solo album in 2001, ” Isle of Eight,” followed by “The Mad Monk and the Mountain,” “The Southern Cross,” and now “The Anvil of the North.” When not musicing I can be seen pushing a lawn mower up and down at a local school. In the last 10 years I have become interested in computer animation and games, including games music, and have been using what I have learned, to make my own music videos


  1. I found that all marvellous. Really congratulations !
    Just two details disturbed me : The train (and the "rails") are always vertical, even in the curves....
    And the second : Walking people seem to slide. The walk cycle dosent bring their heads up and down.
    The both make me feel unreal.
    But then again, super atmosphere !!! Cudos !

  2. Truth to tell I never thought of the train leaning into the curve, that would have looked great, and would have been easy to do, the track was parented to a path curve and and of course you can adjust the tilt in edit mode. I will put that one down to experience. As far as the gliding people are concerned. My wife pointed that out to me when I showed it to her. But I think it was 3 in the morning and I was tired and grumpy. I should have paid attention to that. (in fact if you look carefully you will see as the train leaves the station, there are a bunch of people at the opposite end who are walking on air. I only noticed them after I'd uploaded the video).

  3. Many thanks for the comments. I have done a fair bit since and I'll give you some links below. Sorry if you've seen them already, but just in case you haven't.
    Concerning my birthplace. It was in a small town called Wilster, in Kreis Steinburg. the nearest town of any size is Itzehoe, which is the town stated on my birth certificate. My father who was in the British army was posted to Malaya, and as this was a war zone at the time. my german mother remained in Germany, living with her parents. I did not meet my father until I was five years old, until that point I had been brought up as a german child and spoke no English. When we moved to Britain in 1968, everything changed. And I suppose that children adapt, by the time I was 15, I had lost everything but the most rudimentary grasp of German, and I spoke English with no trace of an accent. It was not something I thought about, after all both countries were part of the EU. Brexit however forced me to take stock. I applied for german citizenship, and my application was accepted last year. I have also taken a crash course in German. I think the world has become a strange place.
    Anyway, here are the links I mentioned, these are ones that I haven't put up on Blendernation, although perhaps the one entitled "Three Horsemen from Segarra" should be, as it is all blender, as is Heart Of The Machine

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