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Yngtitan Supporting Member of TMP writes:

Ive seen the piece before but never bought it…….you did a very nice job on it!

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

In the town where I live, we have an annual town-wide garage sale – the idea is that everyone in town should have a garage sale on the same day, and lots of buyers will be attracted on that specific day. It's very popular, and the neighboring town now joins in, too.

Garage sales aren't my thing (unless there are DVDs or games available), but I accompany my wife as she shops. I tend to make a quick check of each garage sale, then wait in the car while my wife takes her time and enjoys herself.

So, on one occasion, she comes back to the car and tells me she's bought something for my wargaming table! It's one of those resin bridges that they put in aquariums, with holes in it for the fish to swim through. And I thought: Well, it's the right size for 25/28mm…

It needed a lot of prep, though. First, it had been used, so it needed to be washed. Next, the standards for aquariums are apparently pretty low, as it had a lot of casting imperfections that needed to be carved off or filled in. At last, I sprayed it with several coats of flat black primer.

Primed bridge

My painting plan was pretty basic: drybrush, drybrush, drybrush! First, with dark brown:

Bridge drybrushed dark brown

Then with medium brown:

Bridge drybrushed with mediun brown

And finally, a light drybrushing with light brown.

Bridge with third drybrushing

For the 'holes' and the bottom of the bridge, I just went with a single drybrushing with light brown.

And then it got a sealer coat of matte (a heavy coat, since it will have figures on it someday). The sealer coat also had the effect of darkening the shadows, meaning that I didn't need to use any washes on this project.

And that's it! Here's the finished bridge with some 25/28mm figures:


A female vampire blocks the way!


Can our hero archer cross the bridge?


Beware the gaping holes! How sturdy is this bridge?


A very simple project, but it works. Kudos to my wife. grin