Last year we decided to play a Market Garden game, so there had to be bridges for it. I made couple of simple wooden bridges out of hobby sticks and matchsticks, but the stonebridge wasn't as straight forward as those "daycare-centre-glue-the-sticks-together" -bridges.
From the start I decided the stonebridge to be modular or in three pieces. That way I could field it in full 40 cm (16'') length or in shorter 20 cm (8'') length, considering the width it is supposed to gap; or I could just use the central piece between terrain features. There remains a possibility to build a piece under it if needed (which I will do, as long as I get around building that hill-top village I have planned).
I started by cutting the pieces out of styrofoam. I measured the width of the bridge to be wide enough for Tigers.
|The centre piece in plain styrofoam.|
Next, I used renovation filler for about a 1 mm (1/25'') layer that I textured with a toothpick. The toothpick needs to be wet or moist so that the filler doesn't clut on up it.
|The texturing in close-up. The stones could have been smaller in size.|
I used normal corrugated cardboard for the sides. I cut them higher than the body of the bridge so that they form railings.
|Jagdtiger for size.|
|All the three pieces.|
I repeated the filler and texturing for the sides.
|The whole bridge textured.|
The pieces did't fit exactly, so there remains little gaps.
When everything had dried, I sprayed the bridge with hardwarestore "Gray" that is sort of dark gray and gives also a great base for German Feldgrau. I dry brushed the bridge with lighter gray.
|The painted bridge.|
In the foreground a matchstick bridge, also painted.
Add some flocking for moss and grass and Gandalf, and I'm done.
|Like honey with the bees the bridges draw the Istari.|
The bridge was used in the Market Game for our Band of Brothers Total War Campaign that will be addressed in a future post.
|"I've had enuff of this, guv'nor!"|