Whilst hitting my usual ‘figures’ brick wall with my current group build campaign I decided to start a new project to try and regain my mojo, .
Back in late 2020 I started, but did not finish, again due to figure-block, a 1/35th scale diorama called ‘Carrier Crossing’ (see image below).
All my builds, irrespective of scale, are limited to a self-imposed base footprint of A4 (8-1/4"x11-3/4" (210x297mm)) due to display/storage limitations. This limits what I’m able to fit in on a given diorama, especially in the larger scales.
The title ‘Carrier Crossing’ is obvious, but the original idea was for a stone ‘packhorse’ type bridge with an adjacent ford, but was difficult to fit, so in the end a timber footbridge was created.
This time I’ve decided to revisit the idea, but in 1/72nd scale, with stone bridge, ford, etc, but using a number of IBG Universal Carriers…smaller can be bigger, …something I’ve been trying to convince SWMBI (She Who Must Be Ignored) of for over 40yrs, .
So today I cut an A4 size sheet of foamboard and 20mm foam sheet and glued them together.
Below is a rough overlaid sketch, not to scale, of what I’m trying to achieve.
I have also roughly cut out the river banks and added steps to form small waterfalls, the risers to the bridge, the ford and tracks leading down.
The rough carcass of the bridge is constructed from card that will eventually be coated with DAS ready for the stonework to be scribed.
Next I’ve covered the roads leading up to the bridge, and down to the ford with thin card to give a smooth transition on top of which a skin of DAS will be applied.
The metal pins will be removed once the glue has set.