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Samurai Bridges available NOW!!

2019-02-15 by David

We've been counting down the new bridges set on our Facebook page, with a sneak peek every day! Here at last are all the painted photos of the bridges from the 5-bridge set.... the feudal Japanese era Samurai Bridges Set is now available for download!


  Samurai Bridges Set  



▲ Here's the whole set for a size comparison, with all five bridges. From the left, we have:


  • Basic wooden bridge
  • Big wooden bridge
  • Stone bridge
  • Wooden bridge
  • Peasant's plank bridge


▲ The biggest bridge is this massive wooden bridge. At 24cm long, it prints in 3 main pieces, and then has finial knobs and supports to glue on.


I had some fun posing this photo, using blocks from the Castle Walls Set, the gateway from the Wooden Walls Set, Lanterns and Stone Walls Set. The water, I have to admit, is not a real piece of terrain. It's a realistic photo of water, cut to fit and slid into place. Sorry!


At some time in the future, there'll probably be a canal set which can be used to show of this grand bridge!


▲ A higher-angle photograph to show off the width of the bridge. It's 10cm wide, with an internal width of just over 8cm - big enough for solid blocks of troops.


This bridge was printed at 0.2mm layers, which is perfect for producing the woodgrain patterns on the planks, and then carefully drybrushed and aged with brown and green washes.



▲ This is the smaller wooden bridge from the set. This was printed at 0.1mm layers, and again comes with optional bridge supports. I simply cut this support to fit my river terrain. The orangey-red colour is the 'official' colour for bridges leading to shrines, but could also be used for ornamental gardens.


I chose to paint the finial knobs as iron rather than aged copper, as I was too scared to mess up my bridge with light green copper tarnish! Maybe next time....



▲ Slightly longer than the 13cm wooden bridge, this 16cm stone bridge suits gardens, castles or towns, and adds some instant "age" to your table! I recommend putting some gentle green and brown washes into the crevices after a light grey drybrush, to simulate moss and general dirt and discolouration of the stone slabs.

▲ This little wooden bridge is actually the same bridge as the red shrine bridge above, but without the handrails. It's a very quick 2-part print.


If you want to accentuate the age of your wooden bridge to make it look like rougher/older wood planks, then try printing at 0.2mm layers (like this one) instead of 0.1mm (the red one above). Either will look fantastic!


▲ This is the final bridge from the set - a rough plank bridge quickly thrown together to let farmers and peasants cross streams. This one was printed in four 8cm sections at 0.2mm layers, and even includes realistic bending on the planks. You can extend the bridge to whatever length you need, and simply cut the support legs to the right height.


In our first game using the bridges last week, my ashigaru spearmen managed to get themselves shot while running across this bridge, and it seemed only fair to test to see if they fell off ..... which of course they did! Very funny!! Laughing



▲ This town must have too much tax money to spend - 5 bridges in this small space! I couldn't help posing this photo with some samurai warriors and my favourites... NINJA!!!


▲ A quick size comparison of the set contents, although you can of course resize them on your printer to fit your terrain. Optional supports are also included for each bridge.


The Samurai Bridges Set is available for download from today!


  Samurai Bridges Set  


Samurai Bridges printed

2019-02-06 by David

All 5 of the new Samurai Bridges Set have now been printed out, and they are looking gooooood!

▲ Here's the whole set for a size comparison, with all five bridges. From the left, we have:


  • Stone bridge
  • Wooden bridge
  • Big wooden bridge (for castles etc)
  • Peasant's plank bridge
  • Wooden bridge without side rails

▲ Close-up on the smaller-sized wooden bridge. Supports are included in the set, but are optional. Check out that woodgrain! This was printed at 0.1mm layers, but it's a fairly quick print.

▲ The big daddy of the set - the big wooden bridge. As on the smaller wooden bridge, the woodgrain patterns have been sculpted deeper towards the edges on each side, because the wood in the middle would be more smoothed down by feet.

▲ Stone bridge, printed in two halves at 0.1mm layers. This is going to look great painted up and weathered as old, mossy stone!

▲ This is the same wooden bridge version as before, but without any of the side railings. You might it in towns or countryside. This was printed at 0.2mm layers, with no real difference in quality, because the woodgrain pattern is aligned with the printer lines (if you have them).


The basic wooden bridge will be available on Thingiverse shortly!


▲ This plank bridge might look a little odd now, but once the leg supports have been cut to the correct height for our river terrain, it'll look great!



These 5 bridges will be hitting the paint desk this week, and will be released around Valentine's Day!


Designing the bridges - part 2

2019-02-03 by David

It's been raining all weekend here, so I spent the time finishing up the bridges for the new Samurai Bridges set. The last blog article showed off the CG renders of the peasant's plank bridge and stone bridge, and today you can take a look at the remaining two bridges.


No, I tell a lie.... it's actually 3! I decided to include a version of the smaller wooden bridge without the handrails, just in case anybody wants that. I'll post that one up to Thingiverse shortly too!

▲ So here's the whole set, with all five bridges. From the left, we have:


  • Big wooden bridge (for castles)
  • Peasant's plank bridge
  • Stone bridge
  • Wooden bridge
  • Wooden bridge without side rails

▲ Here's a close up of the wooden bridge. It prints in two main parts and then you simply glue the finial knobs on top. Easy!

▲ Some support braces are also included in the set for each bridge, in case you want to add them for extra style or to bridge deeper chasms.


▲ This is that same wooden bridge as above, but without the side rails. Just a little extra one in the set, in case anybody wants it.


The woodgrain pattern on all the wooden bridges has been accentuated towards the ends of each plank, but smoothed slightly in the middle where the passage of many feet would wear it down over time.





▲ The fifth and final bridge is this rather enormous wooden construction. It is 240mm long if you print at 100% scale, and prints in three main sections. At 100mm wide, it is twice as wide as the other bridges, and would typically be found near castles or main roads.


In the CG render above, I added a couple of corner sections from the Castle Walls Set just to show you what this would look like. You could easily set the wall sections at a minus number on the Z axis of your printer (as in the pic above), to 'sink' them through the floor and reduce the height for a castle moat.


You can also choose to add the optional supports underneath if you want.

▲ See? Pretty wide at 100mm, yes?


It also fits neatly onto a 120mm section from the castle walls set.


▲ The big bridge is modelled after Osaka Castle bridge, but the atmospheric photo above is actually Wakayama Castle - similar, but more picturesque! Lovely, isn't it?



So there you have it - five super-detailed bridges from feudal Japan, for your home printing needs. None of the should require printing supports, by the way. These will be test printing in the next few days, so watch this space....


Designing the bridges - part 1

2019-02-01 by David

A set of bridges for our Samurai range is underway at the moment, and will contain 4 different bridge types for any type of feudal-era Japanese setting... and in fact they would also work up to present day settings, as you still see these bridges today in Japan!



▲ The first bridge type is a plank bridge for peasants, inspired by this wonderful old photo! Roughly cut planks are just laid across log supports, and these bridges are typically found in rural settings, around farming settlements and streams.


▲ This is the finished model I came up with. The supports are printed upside down as textured logs, and the planks are slotted in to place until you have your desired length of bridge.


Each textured plank section is 80mm long and features two rough-cut planks laid side-by-side (to help balance 25mm-based models). The planks even have a slight bend to them too!


▲ The second bridge version is this medium-sized stone bridge, typically found in towns, castles, shrines and gardens.



▲ .... and here's the version I modelled! It has a total length of 160mm, and is printed in two main parts. The finial knobs are printed separately and glued on top. -which means that the main bridge parts can be printed without supports.


This bridge features detailed stone textures, which should work great with a simple black/brown wash and then a drybrush. It also includes an optional bridge support, which can be used to help support the weight of the bridge if you wish. You simply cut the leg length to fit the depth of your river or canal.



Two more bridges are also coming soon.... a small ornamental wooden bridge and a much larger wooden bridge for roads. Stay tuned for more!


Introducing OTP Terrain, our new Australia print partner...

2019-01-27 by David

OTP Terrain is an Australian-based 3D printing store, and they are now selling print versions of our Necrontyr terrain on their online store!

The full range (and maybe even the upcoming new ranges?) will hopefully be appearing on their store in the near future. So for those of you who don't have access to a 3D printer, but still want a full tabletop of our Necron-themed terrain, jump on over and see what they've got for you!



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