I was never fond of the boring old black side rails in the creature pinball and I was never a fan of the orange, purple, and black swamp rails that are out there - they really never fit the theme for me. So I gots to thinking.
I had this idea for quite sometime when a few years ago I was at the sci-fi dine-in theater restaurant in Disney Studios. All around the restaurant is a fence with science fiction movie posters. Ding Ding Ding - a lightbuld moment. Looking closely at the backboard there is a gray fence around the drive-in on the creech pin; I continued with this theme.
So a little paint (gray acrylic), some black permanent markers (one thin, the other medium), a few sheets of Water Proof Vinyl Laser Printer Labels, a color laser printer, MS Publisher, a small plastic ruler, scissors, and a few internet images and presto....
I started by applying the grey paint to the side rails and formed peaks in the process. Then using the medium marker and a ruler I drew lines to form the fence boards. Then with the thin marker, drew knots and groves. Next up I searched around for science fiction posters, copied and pasted them into Publisher and sized them differently. I took 1/2 sheets, inserts, full sheets, and some 3 sheets sizes of posters and fitted about 9 on each sheet of vinyl paper. Printed them, then snipped them out with a pair of scissors. I arranged the posters on the fences with some painters tape before I permanently mounted them. Once I was satisfied, I removed the backing of each poster label and affixed to the sides.