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Fancy Bridges for Sartosa Board

Monday, January 18th, 2010

So, not to be outdone by our Simple Bridges, Paul decided to one up me by making fancy bridges to go along with our Sartosa terrain.  One of the reasons he wanted to do this was because he likes sculpting in pink foam and likes the challenge of creating curves, something that I try to avoid because of it’s difficulty.  We figured it would  add a bit of a different look and function to our Sartosa terrain, in that it would provide a means for cover and also not be a simple wooden bridge.  This whole project was made with pink polystyrene, toothpicks and liquid nails.

Profile of the Bridge

Bridge Platform

All 3 parts of the bridge together with stones being drawn on them

Assembly was straight forward using toothpicks in the sides to hold the platform level while the liquid nails were used for the adhesion.  The tricky parts are after there.  It started with the drawing process with a ball-point pen to sketch in some masonry lines.  This can be seen in the pictures above and below.  There was no rhyme or reason to it, he just sketched them on there, you can be creative in this area, you could make it look like small bricks or larger field stone type like ours or whatever works for you.

Base coat + drybrushing completed

Detail painting complete

Painting was pretty simple, we started with a black base coat, a dark grey dry brush, a lighter grey dry brush and then the fun part.  As you can see in the last photo some of the stones are colored to represent wear and tear and some of the different stones that might have been used and I think moss/mold/etc.  Either way, the effect he got turned out pretty neat and really….we don’t have color in most of the terrain we make, just look back at a few articles and you’ll see lots of brown and grey….and sometimes green.

Simple Bridges for Sartosa

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

So, for our Sartosa Campaign, that’s still moving along, months later, we needed to have some ready made bridges to go along with our stone platforms.  These are super simple to make and they took longer to paint than anything else.

Popsicle sticks or craft sticks, they all work!

Each bridge ranges from 4 inches to 8 inches long, they all vary in length.  There are two runners on either side that are made up of 1/4″ basswood dowels (square dowels).  They were all put together using wood glue and they seem to be holding together just fine after many uses.  I’m hoping these will last, but in reality, they are easy to make, so I could always make more.

One assembled and ready for paint

Painted beastial brown and then washed with a black wash

Here's an example of our Sartosa Terrain in a basic layout

Close up

These bridges will also have other uses, gang planks between our ships as well as ramps from our modular dock that was created.  More posts on these are in the queue and you’ll see more as we go along.  I’d also like to mention that I’m planning to start  posting more about the hobby in general here, as well as about terrain.  These posts will not go away, but they will be scattered in between other hobby related items, for instance, I started playing Warhammer 40k, and I’ll be posting the hobby side of things here for my shiny new Imperial Guard army.

Rivers: Part 3 (aka don’t make these same Mistakes!)

Monday, September 14th, 2009

So our rivers are complete and here’s some of the last steps that we took to get ourselves a pretty great set modular river pieces.


Now with static grass

One of the last steps we took before pouring the water effect into place was put a light layer of static grass over the greenish areas of the rivers.  This was achieved by watering down the glue first and lightly brushing it over the now dry green/brown combo flock underneath.

Painted stones

Painted stones

We then went and painted the three sections of rivers that had stones on them.  We just used two shades of grey, one dark and one light to achieve what you see in the picture above.  Also, to ad a bit more depth of color to the river base we drybrushed a light amount of brown across the bottom of each piece on top of the black flock mix.  Now for the “Fun” part….

Pouring Envirotex

Pouring Envirotex

So this, for us, was the first large scale envirotex usage for water effect to date.  Envirotex is mixed 50/50 in a cup and in our case we decided to tint it a light shade of blue.  This shade of blue did not show up at all really on camera, but in person, it does show.  We elected to hot glue a popsicle stick to each end of each piece, this was Mistake #1.  In theory, this worked, in reality, it added about 3 hours of work to the overall process.  You see, the problem with this was that envirotex is thin enough at first to leak, and it did, firmly affixing each piece onto the board we set them on to dry.

Unfortunately, my wife had the camera on the day we poured these so I was only able to get one ‘good’ photo on the day we poured the rivers.  After 24 hours of drying we went to remove them and the following was the result and part of Mistake #2.


The wood was solid black under neath here, that should give you some idea of how much wood was pulled off and stuck to each river piece

This was one of the better ones....

This was one of the better ones....


In theory the hot glue would have allowed for easy removal of the popsicle sticks...this couldn't be further from the truth

In each instance I had to use a knife and dremel tool to both cut each stick off and even up the bottoms of each piece…this is a time consuming process and I can’t recommend against doing it because it can end up badly.  In terms of risking wrecking the good parts of the terrain, this is a high risk.  If you intend to try this yourself, invest the money into wax paper and hot glue that to the edges instead, and while doing so, use it to create a large enough piece to go under each section of the river as to not let it stick to the board.  I cannot stress that part enough, it was a borderline crappy situation where we considered scrapping the whole project.

End results

End results

The above picture was roughly what each piece looked like after I finished clearing the popsicle stick, glue, and envirotex runoff.  After this was done I went and took out the brown paint and touched up the edges of each piece and we now have a complete river!

A small section of completed river.

A small section of completed river

Rivers: Part 2

Rivers: Part 1