Here are a few words about the design and construction of five unique bridges for 25mm (1/64th) scale miniature gaming using plaster blocks cast from one Hirst Arts silicone mold (#74), the Fieldstone Bridge Mold. The photo at right shows all five bridges. Two bridge pathways are about 5 feet (1.5m) wide, two are about 10 feet (3m) wide, and the largest is about 15 feet (4.5m) wide. Of course these are scale widths, in reality the paths are 1 to 3 inches (25mm to 75mm) wide.
The bridges are made from dental plaster blocks cast in
The mold provides various shapes and the modeller casts as
many sets of bricks as are necessary to make a model,
kind of like a do-it-yourself Lego™ block set.
The bridges are painted with latex paints and sealed with
a durable matte acrylic finish.
I used the standard paint scheme given on the Hirst Arts site,
a dark brown undercoat, a medium red brown middle coat, and
a pale yellow highlight coat, which appears nearly white here due
to the yellowish incandescent lighting.
The donkey's bridge is also a single-wide path made with three arch stones,
but with some fancy walls on the sides.
I don't like the fantasy looks of some of the Hirst blocks, so
I kept the decoration to a minimum.
This bridge would be at home in any Dark Age to Renaissance setting.
The ramps at each end of the path are made by sanding a thin block at
an angle. Carts, humans, and donkeys welcome.
The farther bridge with the four calves consists of the same arch span. This one has a slightly different side wall. Here I used the fancy pillar cap on the ends to give it a bit of decoration.
The Celtic Warriors in this photo shoot are 25mm "Gauls in Tunics"
from Gripping Beast.
They are nicely proportioned and a lot less cartoony than
Foundry or Old Glory figures.
The animals are simple plastic barn animals that you find at
better toy stores.
They are larger scale than the humans, but in a miniatures
game like "Pig Warriors" you've got to have prize barnyard
critters for the spoils.
Despite my earlier rant, here I use the fantasy style screaming
head totems on each of the four corners of the bridge.
The screaming face is straight from the mold, but I used modelling
putty on the back of the head to make it appear more skull like.
For those peasants who cannot read, this frightening head
screams "danger". Or perhaps it screams "evil spirits keep away."
Whatever they scream, it does not
prevent these two Celts from driving their pigs to market.
Here we see the juicy porkers nearly back home. In "Pig Warriors", these dudes have scored an impressive 80 porcine points. If they slaughter a few Vikings and Saxons along the way, that's all the better.
Thanks for reading this far. If you like this modelling project,
you may also enjoy the gaming towers I have constructed and discussed
in other articles:
Celtic Round Tower,
Round medieval dice tower,
Campanile dice tower,
Basswood dice tower, and the
Laser cut dice tower.
Check back to this site for
when I add more scenery and miniatures gaming related material.