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.

Warlord Games Stone Bridge

Warlord Games Stone Bridge

Another scenic post today – Warlord Games’ Stone Bridge.

I picked this up quite awhile ago in June 2017 with some other stuff (including some ruined houses, apparently.. I should find those!) – but only got around to assembling it about 2 weeks ago, quickly followed by painting it. It had been cut off the sprues and then put in a plastic tub and forgotten about. How often do you hear that phrase on this blog?

Warlord Games Stone Bridge

I wanted it to look weathered and worn, so after the first spray coats of dark grey followed by a lighter brown-grey, I drybrished with a couple of tones of increasingly light brown-grey, then played around with my custom mix Sepia-Black Vallejo Model Wash, then some washes made from two shades of green for the mossy tones towars the bottom of the arch, some browns and Pledge One Go floor wax and a couple of different weathering powders.

Warlord Games Stone Bridge

I also wanted to emphasise the direction of years of traffic on the bridge, so I used a tissue (hi-tech modelling tools, here!) to “pull” the half-dried grime along the length of the bridge, creating a directionally weathered effect. I don’t have any 28mm WWII guys painted yet, so this pair of Reiksgard will have to do for the “human scale” shot. They do serve to illustrate how well that the piece works with models from a variety of eras and genres outside of the WWII-modern, though.

Warlord Games Stone Bridge

Here’s a scale shot, so you can see roughly how big the thing is. It barely fits a modern Rhino hull – you could probably fit a Predator as well due to the ground clearance that the sponsons have. It’s another nice piece of multi-use scenery. I mean, it’s not exactly approriate for Necromunda, but it suits a wide variety of historical games through modern, post-apoc (not all bridges need to be broken!) and of course 40k. Unless you’re of the new-school of 40k that thinks everything needs to be festooned with skulls. 😀

At some stage (the month’s round-up and my personal round-up for Dave Stone’s Winter of Scenery Challenge as well) we’ll be able to see it from a “front-on” angle. As long as I remember to take a pic like that. It certainly didn’t properly fit in my makeshift lightbox on that orientation!