Sunday, 23 June 2013

WW2 GIRDER BRIDGE & NORMANDY BUILDINGS


I have now completed the scratch built WW2 Girder Bridge and the HACME Normandy buildings I just need to add posters and signs once I have purchased colour ink for my printer.

Here you can see the sandbags have now been built up to the required height. In future I will probably use commercial sandbags where I can get away with it and just add home made sandbags to tie the piece into the terrain as I used three packs of Miliput and many hours to make this little lot.




  
The buildings are from HACME at www.rapierminiatures.co.uk
I saw these on 'Lard Island News'. http://toofatlardies.co.uk/blog/?p=1437  Richard Clarke did an excellent article on how he prepared and painted the buildings and inspired me to buy some for myself. As Richard advises and something which I did was add an overall wash of PVA glue, Polyfiller and water mix to the building to give the walls some texture and also has the benefit of strengthening it, having said that, the buildings are quite sturdy and very well made. 

 
I then start priming everything white apart from the centre span of the bridge.


Then comes the brown paint. SANDTEX Masonry paint. This comes in a big tin and I use a big household brush to cover everything. 


Then a dark grey on the roofs, iron work of the bridge and road surface. 


This is my original girder bridge that I had Andy from 'Last Valley' make for me many years ago. The river bank and bridge have been repainted and I have fitted new ramps to tie in with my roads.  
 


 Old bridge above and new bridge below.


As you can see, the corrugated iron and sandbag roofs lift off. 


Sand spilling out from damaged sandbag.

Looking length ways along both bridges. 



 

Here we have the buildings with the doors and shutters now painted, just waiting for the posters and signs to be printed and attached.



 
 This is the little WC that came with the three buildings. Always handy for us older gentlemen having one of these in the area.







My next post should have pictures of my Empress Miniatures British Dragoon Guards painted which I will add to my Zulu War collection that is for sale, at no additional charge.
Cheers,
Pat. 

30 comments:

  1. Really impressive! I'm green with envy looking at your beautiful terrain.

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  2. Stunning work, thank you for sharing

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  3. Really impressive terrain and buildings. You've given me some ideas...!

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  4. Looking through the photos it seems as if everything gets done by Magic...from bare upainted Terrain and figs at the top of the post to the impressive result at the bottom.

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    1. And of course...sandtex for basing...bloody good idea!

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  5. Heineken don't do wargaming, but if they did . . .

    Really nice stuff!

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  6. Great stuff as always Pat. Your tables always look so evocative.

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  7. The terrain and the painting is ACE!!! :)

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  8. Absolutely wonderful Pat, just a treat to see the progression of yet another tremendous piece of terrain.

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  9. Stunning build Pat!

    Very inspirational! I actually have even looked up My old 28mm ww2 minis, just have to add some new terrain inspired by your build.

    Best regards Michael

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  10. Some great pics here! Sandbags, the bridge, all the terrain is very nice...a wonderful atmosphere!

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  11. Lovely work Pat. 3 packs of Milliput, oh my...

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  12. Looking good Pat, which rules do you plan on using?
    Cheers
    Stu

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    1. Thanks very much Chaps.
      Stu, I plan on using Chain of Command rules when they come out.
      Cheers,
      Pat.

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  13. Very nice, especially the buildings

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  14. Brilliant terrain and photos Pat!

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  15. Outstanding Pat. That bridge, and the terrain items going alongside it, is exceptional. Really fantastic work.

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  16. Everything looks great! You do a fantastic job with the little details and it really makes it special.

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  17. Man, Pat... the loose sand pouring out of the bullet-riddled sandbag is one of the best table-top terrain details I've ever seen. Simple idea, but as AHunt said above, so evocative. I haven't played WWII since I was a teenager, but I'd be very happy to play on that table of yours. Thank you for posting the pics so we can all enjoy your great work!

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  18. Pat,

    Not had a chance to stop by but now I have wow! what a great looking set up!

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  19. Finally got my head up from painting ACW troops.
    Superb work sir.

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  20. Hi Pat, i've just noticed this posting with interest. splendid work as always...I have a few sandbag barricade designs of my own, which i cast in resin as sets. and at present i am having more moulds done for some of my newer designs. If you need any sandbags in the future, please feel free to get in touch, i'm happy to make, mould and cast, new pieces depending on the project. Chris, Lucky Punk

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    1. Hi Chris,
      Thanks very much for your offer, your sandbags and blog looks great. I will get in touch next time I need to use sandbags as yours look superb.
      Cheers,
      Pat.

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  21. Thanks for your kind words Chaps, much appreciated.
    Pat.

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