Since that game, now more than a decade in the past, I have wanted to re-create that situation. While there are many ways to construct a stone arch-bridge (just as there are many painting mediums to choose from, i.e., acrylic, watercolor, oil, etc.), I chose this method, detailed below.
|Top View 1: Simple, effective, and very inexpensive terrain making, at its best. Nothing purpose bought, all were garbage/throw-away bits, re-purposed, for miniature gaming. This takes the bit-bucket to a new level...|
|Front View 1: Here is an idea of how this terrain piece will be used within a miniatures game. The figures are Mage Knight Krugg, re-purposed as Ogres, for AD&D/BattleSystem games.|
In short, I used cardboard tubes as an armature, which I Hot Glued to a vinyl floor tile base. Then I coated them with Hot Glue, for texturing. I discovered that I needed a flat surface to place my miniatures across the top, to avoid having my painted mini's fall to their chipping! I first tried a piece of card stock, but it was too flimsy, and it did not remain flat; then I cut a wooden paint stirring stick, to length, and I Hot Glued that to the top. Voila!
|Front View 4: Note the card stock piece, just beneath the wooden paint stir stick -- it did not remain flat, and level enough, to serve as a proper mounting surface for the eight miniatures I plan to place across it, in a line.|
|Side View 1: The Hot Glue is allowed to run down, as this gives the appearance of it being a more naturally formed, stalagmite, as opposed to being carved into this shape.|
Next I painted the surface with White Glue (PVA), and I drizzled sand over the wet glue, to add fine texture. The results can be seen in the photo's, below.
Update, 29 September 2013:
Here, as promised, are the photo's of the finished Bridge. I have also included some action shots, demonstrating how it will look in a game situation. The Giants, are of the Frost family, which I had at hand. They also inspired me to make a second Bridge (not yet started, but soon...), however this new bridge will be made of Ice, not Stone, for my upcoming BattleSystem Skirmish game playing out the Giant Series, by E. Gary Gygax, from the late 1970's convention game modules. Cheers!
|One side of the finished, Stone Bridge, painted, and sealed/shaded,|
using Minwax Polyshades Royal Walnut (aka, The Dip).
|The other side. Notice the different textures achieved with the Hot Glue application -- it is never the same... And that is a very good thing.|
Here is the same technique used to construct an Ice Bridge. I plan on gaming G2: Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl, using BattleSystem Skirmish rules, so this Ice Bridge will come in very handy. The bridge has been painted Cool White (craft paint name), and then it received a Magic Wash of Pledge Floor Polish + Blue craft paint, to 'shade' it in a blue color, to give the impression of it being made of ice. Simple construction, simple design, and very simple painting, produce a model I can happily game with.
|Adventurers added to demonstrate the size. They are 25-28mm figures, some metal, some D&D pre-paints. The Frost Giants are 60mm tall Viking figures, painted as AD&D Giants.|
|Here you can see a ground view, from behind the Giants, looking forward at the Ice Bridge, and the Giants' enemies.|
|A side view. The Bridge has been based on two squares of vinyl floor tiles, glued together using their factory adhesive, the Bridge being Hot Glue'ed to the tiles, and everything being painted Cool White, with a Magic Wash of Blue.|