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I just posted my first wargaming hobby video – a quick tour of my new game room! I recently moved house, and in between work and unpacking endless boxes, I’ve been gradually putting together my own space to game, paint, or just read the latest rulebook!

 

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It’s been a busy few weeks at the painting table, and I’m now proud to unveil my British Paratroopers ready to do battle for Pegasus Bridge. Without further ado…

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British Paras ready to fight!

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The completed British Paratrooper force

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6pdr AT Gun

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Sherman Firefly

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Heavy Machine Gun

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Red Devils Recce Jeeps

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Para Command Team and Major John Howard

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Light Mortar Team

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Para Squad 1

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Para Squad 2

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PIAT Team

But wait there’s more! While I already have a fully-painted German army, I wanted to have some that are based in the same way as the Paras and the Pegasus Bridge board, so I started working on some of those as well. Here’s the first squad:

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Here we go! There’s still quite a few details I want to work on, but I’ve got the basic table set up to a standard I am happy to play on, which is convenient because I haven’t gamed in nearly three months!

I still have a number of models to paint, and also have a horsa glider model to put together, which I anticipate completing in the new year.

 

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Like I said, I’m still going to work on the table and will likely post some battle reports once I get a few games in, but as far as the step by step guide goes, I think I’ve finished.

I really hope this is a useful guide. This was one of the longest, most complex modeling projects I’ve done to date. The bridge alone is daunting! But with patience and planning, it’s been incredibly rewarding.

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Yuletide greetings everyone! Today I’m pleased to finally post some pictures of the actual bridge itself. Before I do, let me just say, this has far and away been the longest time it’s taken me to ever paint a model. The first coat of metal alone took a good three weeks of painting grey every evening! It could have been faster if I’d sprayed it somehow, but I was determined to do it by hand and finally have the finished model.

It’s also worth pointing out, I pretty much followed the Warlord Games painting guide for this part of the project. I’ll mention where I deviated below. On with the pictures!

 

The first base coat of dark grey was added. It took a few layers, and in hindsight, I’d recommend spraying this part. There are so many hard to reach areas that you’ll need to go in with a brush afterwards anyway.

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Next I added two successively lighter shades of grey, making sure to leave the recesses dark.

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The concrete was also painted grey. I’m going to go back and add some weathering and blending to the two end edges, so it matches the ground cover.

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When the metal and concrete were done, I started working on the wooden planking. First, a quick coat of dark brown.

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Something I did differently to Warlord here. I didn’t like how the lines they marked looked so straight, so I cut some irregular patterns out of a coffee stirring stick and used it like a ruler, flipping it and rotating it every few lines to give a less formulaic pattern.

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Here I added the following shade of brown, followed by a light drybrush of a beige color. To finish, I dropped some Agrax Earthshade over the top.

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With the basic colors complete, it was time to add the finishing touches, like weathering. I used a variety of inks, and a sponge to add the various looks described in the Warlord guide.

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I added grease around the pivot point, and chipping on the edges of the steps.

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The final thing to do was paint the… well actually, I don’t know what they’re called! Check point barriers? Anyway, they were painted white, and then blocks of black followed by red were added.

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This completes the bridge for now! I’ve started pulling everything together to see how it looks and will try and get some pictures of the near-complete table over the next couple of days before Christmas!

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This past week I’ve taken a break from the table construction and focused on the models I’d be using as part of the scenario, namely the British Paras. I’ve not taken any photos of them yet, I’ll wait until they’re complete, but I thought I’d share my efforts on the canal water section of the board.

Honestly, it’s the one piece of the project so far that I haven’t been happy with. My plan was to paint a dark marine layer onto a board, and cover it with water effect, but it didn’t give the desired effect. Thankfully, it’s also the part of the table that’s the easiest to make, so I might just start again if the final outcome doesn’t look right.

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It’s been a productive week for the Pegasus Bridge project, and I’m starting to see things come together. Here’s the latest progress:

I had originally intended to add the bases of my trees and telegraph poles to the foam-board base and then add sand texture over them, but I forgot. Rather than sand down the areas I wanted to use, and effectively start over, I drilled holes into the bases and added pins. This way I’d be able to add them seamlessly. and potentially even move them around if I wanted to.

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I did the same pinning method with the trees. It took a few hours, but was worth it for the effect.

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I tested out how the trees would pin into the foam surface using an area that will be covered up by the cafe building.

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With the groundwork now essentially done, it was time to move onto the fun part -adding all the different flocking textures! This is where you start to see results really quickly, as each layer brings another level of realism to the board.

First, I added a light dusting of fine turf to most of the board. I didn’t want it to cover the dirt underneath completely, so I used a paintbrush to dust off the excess after it had dried overnight.

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The first board with it’s completed flock coating. This sets the tone for the rest of the scenery.

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I let a little bit overlap onto the road.

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Here you can see a couple of stages in – I didn’t have time to take photos with every additional texture as I wanted them to blend together while the spray-on glue was still wet. You can see I added a lighter shade of flock to the grass areas, a darker dirt/stone to the edges of the road, and also a very light mixture of various ballast to the road.

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All done, just waiting for it to dry. While it’s fun, this is also the most tense part of the project – there’s really no turning back if something doesn’t look right. I did intend adding a third color to the grass areas, but after the first sprinkle I could tell it would be too different a shade of green to look natural so I left it as-is.

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Test-fitting the trees. I added a couple of course turf colors underneath of a very dark green to act as underbrush. It should also cover up the pin holes if I move the trees around.

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Test-fitting the telegraph poles. I’ll finish building and painting these in another session.

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Future spot of the cafe building. I’ll need to go in and tidy up the patio as well.

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That’s it for now. I’m still painting the bridge components – I’ve never painted so much grey! Once I get beyond the base color, I’ll post some more interesting pictures of it. Then I have the canal section. I’m debating whether the effect I’m going for works, or if I should start again with something simple. I’ll have an update in the next post!

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I’ve been continuing to work on my Pegasus Bridge table over the past few weeks, but it was only yesterday I realized I hadn’t posted any updates! Here’s the latest:

 

After pasting the boards and covering them with sand, I sprayed all of them black. This would act as a base for adding the various terrain effects; the dirt, roadways, grass etc.

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The first coat of brown paint went on. This was the first of three stages of color; a dark brown, medium brown and then a very light dusting of a highlight. It’s the same effect I used on my North Africa boards.

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Let me know if anyone wants to know what specific colors I used. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer, it’s a case of personal preference. I could’ve made my base shade darker.

Also, as much as I wanted to just work on one board at a time, get it painted, highlighted, and then start adding flock and other features, it’s very important to stay disciplined and work on one step at a time across all the boards, otherwise you might miss a step, and the whole table won’t have a unified look.

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Next I added a very dark grey base color the roadways. I was careful to blend it as closely with the dirt in places where it sloped together across the edges, just to make it look more natural.

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Adding the first stage of highlighting.

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Adding the final drybrush of a bleached bone kind of color.

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Here’s a close-up of the texture.

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The finished painted board. I blame the camera lighting – there are some very harsh tones on this picture that aren’t so noticeable on the actual board.

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Next I went in and started adding planking the walls of the trenches. Simply coffee stir sticks cut into a few varying sizes. This took longer than I had expected, but the finished effect looks great.

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I used a couple of models to check the scale of the wood planking. At first I thought they might be too thick. I debated pulling the wood off and splitting them all in half, which would’ve taken even longer, but I think it’s passable as-is.

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Adding the cobblestone patio to the side of the Cafe Gondree. I used a pack of HO scale plastic sheeting for this. I could’ve added it way back when I was adding the sand, but rest of the groundwork has an exaggerated texture, whereas this is more subtle.

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Once the putty is dry, I’ll go in and paint everything.

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