Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pegasus Bridge Project Update

Hello all,

I've been making good progress on my Pegasus Bridge project that I'm working on for CelestiCon (this labour day weekend).  If you are in the SF Bay Area (or driving distance) - I hope to see you at CelesiCon - come play in my Pegasus Bridge game ...

My British Airborne army is painted --- and just in need of basing.  I'll be doing that late next week if all goes to plan.  The British Airborne forces I'll be using for the scenario is as follows (all classed as Veteran):

  • 1 x Airborne Officer
  • 1 x Airborne FOO (Air)
  • 1 x Airborne Medic
  • 1 x Airborne Sniper Team
  • 2 x Airborne PIAT Teams
  • 1 x Airborne Light Mortar Team
  • 1 x Airborne Medium Mortar Team
  • 2 x Airborne MMG Teams
  • 3 x Airborne Infantry Section (3 x SMG, 1 x LMG, 6 x Riflemen)

I'll post pictures of them once I finish the basing.  I'll also post up the full scenario breakdown (forces, reinforcements, objectives, turns, etc.) once I hash it all out.

I've built the Cafe and Bridge at this point ... so now it is on to the table details.  I'll be using individual trees (have them all - they need to be based), trenches from Ironclad Miniatures, a 1/72 Horsa Glider (1/2 assembled at the moment), the barracks and 50mm AT gun position from the Warlord Pegasus Bridge set, and a custom MDF board set for the river and base for the bridge.  You can see the table layout below ...

This is the scenario map I've put together.

I finished cutting and gluing together the three layers for the river/bridge MDF board.  I'll be filling the gaps between the layers with putty or concrete mix and sanding the banks down so they are smooth to the table edge.  The three layers will give the interior river bank some depth and I'll be using the Woodland Scenics water effects to finish off the river.

I've cut the 3 layers for the river and bridge sections
and they are glue together - once dry I'll
been sanding down the edges.

I'm using three separate sections for the river to make sure I can store it easier - but most of all so I don't get any serious warping in the MDF.  I always paint the bottom of the MDF before gluing it or finishing the top --- this is very effective at eliminating the warping that is common when the top get finished.  The other key thing to do is make sure you use heavy objects to hold down the edges while the top is drying (not the middle though - in fact, I generally put some leftover MDF in the middle of larger boards to make the warp, if any, naturally down towards the table - this means the weight of the model will generally counter any minor warping).

A closer look at the 3 layers - again, I'll be sanding them
down - but also adding filler to make sure it is a
smooth transition to the table surface.

That's it for now ... lots more to come soon as I'm in full assault on this project.

10 comments:

  1. Wow! Brilliant Jay! So what is the overall dimensions of the board?

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    1. Thanks! The table will be 4' wide by 8' long ... with the impassible river across the middle it makes using a wider table a bit of a moot point IMO.

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  2. Great work, keep it up! If it's of any help, we just finished our 1/100th Pegasus Bridge table - happy to help if I can!

    http://www.modeldads.co.uk/Life-at-the-Front/wordpress/ham-jam-at-wartime-wallop/

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    1. Thanks! Outstanding setup you have there ... I hope mine looks 1/2 as good :-)

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