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Offline mikedemana

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HUGE bridge for my urban games
« on: February 24, 2024, 11:55:02 PM »


This is probably the largest piece of terrain that I have ever assembled and painted. It is a 3-D printed bridge that I purchased from my friend Rusty Parker of Jarl's Workshop (jarlsworkshop19@gmail.com). I first saw it at Drums at the Rapids convention at Ft. Meigs, Perrysburg, OH, a couple years ago. I was sorely tempted to buy it then, but my cheapskate nature had me hold off. By the time that Advance the Colors rolled around in Springfield, OH, five months later, I told him that I wanted it. I bought it and there it sat in my closet for nearly a year.



Recently, I pulled it out determined to get it completed and use it in my next "Mean Streets" gang warfare game. The first step was to glue its seven pieces together. I used superglue and assembled and was pleased how it kind of "locked together" tightly. You can see some gaps here and there, but for the most part, it fits together very nicely. I did add a couple thin pieces of styrene to cover a couple gaps, but otherwise, there were no modifications to the bridge as purchased from Rusty.



My next decision was to decide on a color scheme. I decided that I wanted to yellowish-golden colored stone. I scoured the aisles of the local Menards home improvement store, and found a nice khaki colored primer. First, I sprayed two coats on it while it was upside down. After drying, I did the same with it standing upright. The next step was to take a more golden toned khaki color craft paint and water it down so that it could be used as a wash. I slathered it on a couple times and was really happy how it settled into the crevices in the stone.



The next step was to take another craft paint, a light tan stone color, and use it as a dry brush to highlight the pieces. I used the largest flat brush I own and would probably say this was the fastest and easiest step to do. Once dry, it was time to work on the sidewalks and road surface atop the bridge. The sidewalks were brick, so I did my usual method. I painted it Iron Wind Metals Red Brown and then dry brushed it Howard Hues Middle East Flesh color. Once that was done, it was time to do the asphalt road surface. I used my second darkest gray color as a base coat. As I was applying it, I noticed that I could see the tiny ridges common in 3-D printed items. I was worried that a dry brush would highlight that and draw attention to it. The road would look unnatural. What to do?



I decided to take a somewhat frayed brush and "stipple" it rather than dry brush. I used a medium gray color and stippled the entire length of the road surface. My original thought was that I would do a medium gray coat and a lighter one. However, I was so happy with how the asphalt looked that I decided to keep it as is. Almost done!



The last step was to give it a brown wash. I have a bottle of seldom-used dark brown "vehicle wash" from Vallejo. I took a plastic container and filled it partly full with water. Then I began squirting in the brown wash until it had a color that I thought would work well. Applying this final brown wash was probably the messiest part of the process. I dripped quite a bit all over my desk and it soaked the paper towels I had laid out to collect the excess that dripped off. After it dried, I examined it and was very happy with how the bridge had turned out. Was I done? Well...no, not really!



The final step was to dirty it up with graffiti. I went back and forth whether to paint graffiti on it. I finally decided that the bridge would be used most in my Mean Streets gang warfare games. Next, it may see use in post-apocalyptic games. In both environments, a clean pristine bridge would look out of place, right? So, I Googled images of "graffiti bridge" and saw ones that had way, way too much on it. I went back and forth on how much to do, but decided I the best way would be to start in on it and stop when I thought I had enough.



I began with large, colored graffiti-style letters for one of my gangs, the Daos. I then did another set of letters for The Kings. I added it a bleeding eye for the fun of it, and then scrawled various phrases like, "Hate Thy Neighbor" and "Not Your Turf." I did a couple hearts with initials -- one "J.T." for Jenny -- and another a shout-out to the movie, "The Warriors. We'll see if anyone who hasn't read this blog post catches the "Swan + Mercy" Easter egg!



Most of the graffiti was based around my painted up street gangs, also including the Mohawks and Santanas. Once most areas of the bridge sides had something on it, I called it quits. In "reality," it would probably have more graffiti -- somewhat like the photos I saw on my image searches. However, I didn't want to cover up the beautiful golden stone color of the bridge completely. I figured in this case that less was more. I did one final matte spray coat and the bridge was finally done. The process had been dragged out much more than it should by my two bout of sickness. I accomplished little during that point. In actual, sheer hours put into it, I would say it took less time than a building of similar surface area.



I think it is an amazing terrain piece. If you like it, contact Rusty of Jarl's Workshop at the above email and pick up one yourself. It is a definite eye candy cornerstone for a tabletop. Those who show up to Cincycon 2024 (Cincinnati, OH) in less than two weeks will get the first look at it in person. I will be using it as part of my Mean Streets game scheduled for Friday evening. If you want a really close look at it, sign up to play in my game!

Thanks in advance for any comments!

Mike Demana

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Re: HUGE bridge for my urban games
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2024, 11:27:47 AM »
Excellent. Lovely work, Mike. The graffiti just adds the finishing touch, for atmosphere.


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Re: HUGE bridge for my urban games
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2024, 11:33:15 AM »
That's a really nice looking bridge.
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Re: HUGE bridge for my urban games
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2024, 12:34:50 PM »

 Looks great.

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Re: HUGE bridge for my urban games
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2024, 01:47:32 PM »
That’s a very nice piece and very well painted. It wouldn’t look out of place in Venice - I can just see it sitting over a canal in a Venetian setting. Love it…!

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Re: HUGE bridge for my urban games
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2024, 03:43:51 PM »
Thanks for the kind words, everyone! And yes, I did kind of go for the Renaissance - 1700s golden stone color. Kind of also like you see in Cotswold cottages and such.

After tonight's game, I will set up the terrain for next weekend's gang warfare game at the convention. Once I am satisfied, I'll post some more pictures...

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Re: HUGE bridge for my urban games
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2024, 03:57:07 PM »
Great piece that will sparkle up the board!

I did kind of go for the Renaissance - 1700s golden stone color. Kind of also like you see in Cotswold cottages and such.

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Re: HUGE bridge for my urban games
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2024, 04:02:11 PM »
Wow, that's quite the centrepiece. It will be interesting how that gets used by the varios gangs. Are you starting a book on how many get thrown off?

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Re: HUGE bridge for my urban games
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2024, 05:41:33 PM »
That is a lovely bridge, Mike.  And I did manage to fit a couple pics of it in the next The Herald...
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Re: HUGE bridge for my urban games
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2024, 02:26:45 AM »
Are you starting a book on how many get thrown off?

Now THAT is a good idea.  ;D And thanks for getting some pics in, Jim!  :D

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Re: HUGE bridge for my urban games
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2024, 02:57:47 AM »
Thanks for the kind words, everyone! And yes, I did kind of go for the Renaissance - 1700s golden stone color. Kind of also like you see in Cotswold cottages and such.

After tonight's game, I will set up the terrain for next weekend's gang warfare game at the convention. Once I am satisfied, I'll post some more pictures...

Mike Demana

Ah the infamous gangs of Bourton-on-the-Water! Sad to confess I was part of that anti-social scene as a small child. I threw my toy tractor off one of those bridges into the Windrush.

Given  the size of that bridge you could probably sneak it into the model village there and see how it long it took for someone to notice. lol

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Re: HUGE bridge for my urban games
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2024, 02:56:01 AM »
Given  the size of that bridge you could probably sneak it into the model village there and see how it long it took for someone to notice. lol

 lol lol lol No judging here on childhood indiscretions...

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Re: HUGE bridge for my urban games
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2024, 05:30:44 AM »
The bridge looks pretty spectacular Mike, I do like the base stone colour you've manage to achieve. Something I'm trying to get at the moment for some flagstones, and failing.   :-[
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Re: HUGE bridge for my urban games
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2024, 08:09:03 AM »
Gorgeous. Huge. Can be used in loads of settings.

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Re: HUGE bridge for my urban games
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2024, 09:25:13 AM »
Great work Mike - the graffiti really makes it pop  :)

 

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