Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Project Pegasus and adventures in weathering

Well making the most of my day off. Today i set about weathering the bridge and road network.

This throws up some challenges. 1 I don't generally weather anything, 2 i have never even tried pigments and 3 i have never even touched oil paints.

So with those points in mind. I set off on a grand adventure of sorts.

Many hours later the mad scientist exited his lair and thus was revealed his madness...also known as...here's some pics.

Overall i am pretty happy with the effect. Enough so that i don't plan on going back and doing anything more to the bridge (other than painting the road barriers).

Next up, Painting the cafe, bunker, telegraph poles and sandbags.

Monday, 18 August 2014

I had the river..now i need the bridge!

So it's been about a week and a half since my last update.

My holiday over and returning to work has slowed my progress a bit, along with the mayhem of my children still visiting :).

But progress has been made!

I still need to weather the bridge, paint the cafe gondree and bunker and the little odds and ends like sandbags. But just over 3 weeks from embarking on the project to salvage an old board and turn it into a pegasus bridge board, the end is in sight!.

But ofcourse you want pics and who am i to disappoint!

 Now to chase some elusive sleep!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Bolt action and a proud achievment.

Welcome back for the latest update on my 2 week battle to turn a battered old gaming table into something worthwhile.

As you may recall i started out with this.

Well after some swearing, experiments and prayers, the board has taken on a great deal of changes. Long suffering readers will have seen recent pics of the project as it has progressed along.
Well the main board is now finished. I just have to paint the buildings etc to call it done (Just...he says!)
But of course you want some pics to look at right..... well?

Who am i to argue.

Bridge board complete.

Throw on some unpainted scenery annnnnd

Now some folks on various forums have asked for measurements of the bridge etc. So here goes (more self gratifying images to follow after)

Bridge span end to end

River Width

Narrowest point on the river (between the 2 support piers)

Now back to the fun the pics.
Views from the 2 ends of the board, looking across the bridge

 Now you know i had to get some models down on the board...i am a gamer after all.

It all looks so peaceful from the cafe Gondree

But cross the bridge and its Achtun Fallschirmjager!!! As the men of the Ox and Bucks break from the treeline to assault the bridge.

I took some more pics of the troops moving out of the trees. But well this is WW2 and colour photography was well into its infancy, so some photoshop fun and suddenly its June 6th 1944 again!!

Over my years in wargaming i have taken many pics of models and games. But this one pretty much stands as my ALL TIME favourite. I literally get goosebumps looking at it. I hope you enjoy it as much as i do.

Well that's the update for now folks. Might be quiet for a few days. I need to prepare myself for the painting of the bridge, i also need to spend some time with my kids and somewhere between now and late September, i need to paint about 500pts of British airborne for a tournament too.

May your dice never roll a 1.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Project pegasus 1 step forward

So over the last few days i have continured my frantic hacking, cutting and plastering of this poor board.

9 packs of wall filler, some woodchip wallpaper and a metric gallon of pva glue. Plus countless hours, some interesting language and 1 poor plaster coated dog later.

And i am almost ready to throw some paint at the board.

Its been a labour of love and frustration so far.

Some ideas have been tried, discarded and sworn at.
Some have been successfull and some have been utter fails.

But they have bought me to this point.

Just waiting for the road surfaces and river bed to dry before finally hitting the board with paint.

Up the Ox and Bucks.