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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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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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It’s been a few weeks since I posted anything on my Pegasus Bridge project. It’s been slow, but steady progress – there are so many components to this table, there’s always something else to work on while you’re waiting for other things to dry, so forgive the photo subjects bouncing around a bit. Here’s the play-by-play.

With the bridge, bunker and cafe built, I set about laying things out on the table to get a sense of where everything would fit.

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While waiting for the insulation sheets to dry, I started painting the buildings.

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I wanted to raise the roads a little, to differentiate them from the regular ground, so I used a few sheets of foamboard, with masking tape on the edges to give a slight grade.

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I found this super light filler putty, which I added over the masking tape. It strengthened the tape covering, and adds some texture.

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My first mistake of the project. I got carried away with the putty filler, and added it to the top of the foamboard roads. It looked great at first, but next morning had completely warped the roads. I had to tear it up, and start over again.

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I sprayed the bridge black, and have begun to paint it. This is going to take a while!

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Here you can see where I’ve started cutting out the trenchworks.

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Using a Commando to measure the height of the trenches. I had originally intended just cutting half-way down into the foam, but it wasn’t enough. This way, the models heads will be just about visible to incoming fire.

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I wanted to add a river bank to the waters edge, so carved down on each side and added masking to give a gradual effect. The width of the cut is just enough to fit an infantry base.

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Time to add some texture! I covered half the board with wallpaper paste, then sprinkled sand over it. I then knocked the board a bit to shake the excess off, and did the other side in the same way.

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And now I’m just waiting for it all to dry! I’ll share another update soon. Next steps will be to spray paint the boards, and then start adding color and flocking…

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I’ve started building a new terrain board based on the Warlord Games Pegasus Bridge battle set.

Its a little early to start sharing pics of my progress, but needless to say, I’ve build the bridge, the cafe and the bunker, and am now trying to figure out how to get the pungent smell of laser cut wood off my finger tips.

In between numerous periods of waiting for glue to dry, I’ve been plotting the basic framework of how I’ll build the boards. I’ll be using the Warlord Games website tutorial as my guide, and will highlight where I choose to do my own thing.

Firstly, I’m not going to build one big board, it will be my usual, sectional framework, this time, three 2×4 panels, making a 6×4 overall table size. I’m also going to build the river section in the center of the board, not slightly offset like the Warlord version. This will give me the opportunity to put some more buildings behind the cafe side.

I currently have some liquid nails glue drying on square foam insulation boards attached to 5mm wood panels. Once those are dry, I will start to mark out where everything will sit – buildings, roads, trees, etc.

One conundrum I can’t figure out. I’d really like to fill the river with liquid water effects, but how do I retain the edges so it goes up to the edges, but doesn’t leak out before it dries?

More to follow soon!

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