Rivers are very common obstacles on the battlefields of Mittel Europa, as they offer a way to partition the battlefield, restrict enemy movements, and provide a solid anchor for one's flanks.
It is also very common to find bridges and fords that offer a means of crossing these rivers.
Whilst there are a number of commercially available bridges on the market in different fashions and prices, they often run towards the expensive side ... and the style of the bridges available may or may not be in keeping with the style of your own battlefields.
So today, I am going to talk about knocking together a simple but robust and effective bridge for crossing the rivers on my own fields.
Like all of my other terrain pieces, I have a perverse requirement of doing it all using the DIY approach, and limiting the budget to under $2.
Materials used :
- Canvas board, 5" x 7"
- Cheap air dried clay
- Cheap craft paint
- Modge Podge gloss coat for water effects.
- A pinch of sand, rocks and flocking material.
|Spread on some green hues now - note that the cheap paint is applied very thick here, to provide some automatic texture to the grassy areas around the base of the bridge.
|River colours go on next, a lighter blue with a slight green tinge added to the paint. Note also how the river banks tend to graduate from darker earth brown colours towards lighter yellow colours as they approach the water.
|Just up-river from the main bridge, I have another crossing - this is a small 3" x 4" flat MDF coaster, painted to represent a section of the river that is fordable.
In game terms, any unit can spend a move either entering the crossing (1 or more battalions of a regiment/brigade placed on the coaster), or spend a move exiting the crossing.
For more cheap and easy scenery, check out my other $2 DIY scenery tips for more ideas ...