Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven – “Stone Bridge” – Review

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stone Bridge" - Review

Another model from my pledge from the Dungeons and Lasers Woodhaven Kickstarter. This one I painted last Sunday, though the preparation took a bit longer with the mould lines and assembly and texturing and priming and drying time. and all that.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stone Bridge" - Review

The kit is made from two simple sprues, and is designed to integrate in with the Archon modular scenery sets. I didn’t want to spend a billion dollars on their terrain, so I mostly just got accessory-type stuff, like the stairs I’ve been showing recently as well as this bridge. The sets I did pick up from the pledge were ones I felt I could easily turn into wargaming ruins, because trying to make actual buildings with these gets real bloody expensive.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stone Bridge" - Review

You can also see here that the gaps between the flagstones is pretty huge. One of the downsides of using 3D models and 3D modellers for everything. They’d either need grit/texture applied to those gaps or if you’re lazy like me, weathering powders to stop them looking terrible. Due to needing to integrate with their other sets, there’s also gap on each end of the bridge. I could have plugged them, but those aren’t too bad once the model is painted.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stone Bridge" - Review

I also don’t see that as particularly more immersion breaking than a model with brown dirt and foliage walking on the stone bridge – and this way I retain flexibility in case I change my mind in the future or whatever – also time vs effort vs “good enough – get the thing on the table!”

Once assembled, the bridge is fine. The stones are pretty smooth, so if you’re keen to do something about that – as I was, then…

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stone Bridge" - Review

There is indeed a solution.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stone Bridge" - Review

As with all of the other bridges I’ve posted recently, this is another tiny thing that really would only cover a stream or creek.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stone Bridge" - Review

I actually think it’s work better in some ways on a 15mm table than a 25/28/32mm one. Even that “jump” to the edge of the bridge would be negligible if bumped up against one of the Battlefront Roads.

Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven - "Stone Bridge" - Review

Oh, I also painted the underside that will probably never be seen. So I may as well post it up here… Interestingly, the Dirty Down moss turned out much, much darker on this model. Perhaps the varnish hadn’t fully cured? I’m really not sure.

My verdict? It’s actually pretty much the same as the one given for the stairs shown so far. I think the Kickstarter price for this bridge was fair, and also truthfully about as much as I’d be willing to pay for it. It’s pretty small and that limits its effective use and versatility, though it can still have a place on the tabletop in a lot of cases.

12 thoughts on “Archon Studios Dungeons and Lasers: Woodhaven – “Stone Bridge” – Review

  1. Excellent painting on the bridge mate, and the extra work you put in to make it have the right texture, and cover the gaps. The moss looks very effective, and from your pictures it works really well for 15 mm, and fine for 28 mm fantasy as medieval bridges were quite narrow for the most part, just wide enough to take a cart

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    • Thanks Dave – yeah I guess I’m just getting a bit over these small and tiny bridges that aren’t really long enough to cross more than a stream. I understand why – they’ve either been to fit on board game tiles or in this case part of a modular set, but it’s getting a bit tedious to see stuff made to look much larger or more significant in the promo images turning out to be cute little pieces instead.

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  2. Your paint job truly ELEVATED this bridge! Way to BRIDGE those GAPS via the texture! Yep, my job has totally taken away the last bits of my sanity this week. Oh well, maybe one person will laugh!

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  3. This looks like another versatile piece of terrain. Its the type of thing that I could see myself needing one day, particularly if I ever get serious about fantasy wargaming again (which I’d like to when I finish some of my current projects). Great job as always, mate!

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