Saturday, 1 August 2015

Battle of Stamford bridge 1066

Was there a Bridge and if there was one, was it a nice Stone one as in some depictions or a well constructed wooden one as in others?
If there was one it was probably a bit "rough and ready" that´s what I´ve made.
The first brave (overconfident) brit  advances to his doom 
"Sneaky Pete" prepares his attack.
In some Versions he uses a bath tub, in some  half a Barrel. Seeing as I couldn´t find a suitable bath tub and making one proved impossible, the Barrel (Renedra) was used.
The "Away Team"
The "Home Team"
From above. All the bods are either Zvezda or Emhar with a lot of conversion apart from the "jeering" woman  (british side) whose from Valdemar
Here´s the Viking hero working his way through anyone who attempts to force him off the Bridge, Clip from 1066 - The Battle of Middle Earth..."stop pushing at the back!!!"
The creative process.....(more or less)

Insulating foam cut to shape. Glued with PVA and toothpicks used like nails to secure each layer firmly.
Modelling clay (normal sort of clay that can be bought from an arts and craft shop) added to form the river bed and fill any gaps.
Rough base painting with cheap acrylic wall paints.
Test shot to see if the river colour fits to the Chosen Background. It does near enough ..and anyway,the Bridge will help cover the cross over point.
A bit of scenery added and the bod and his Barrel placed to test eye lines. The bod is a converted Emhar   Saxon Warrior.
Bridge construction - Coffee stirrers cut to shape (which was easy as a rough look is wanted)
Bridge finished..another test shot..yep, the Bridge does cover the gap between the painted riverbed and the pic.
Getting there. Barrel still Needs painting and a bit of tidying up here and there,  but!!!!!!.... order to add all the bods some "wings" needed adding, and the backdrop needed widening. This was easy..all I did was mirror Image the original pic and use the outer thirds and add them to the original. (the river is visible to the far left and right on the backdrop)
Anyway..that´s basically it. The Barrel Boy needed painting, as did the Barrel, the viking hero and an Opponent needed de-basing so they could stand on the Bridge.. representatives for the armies added..then the pics.


  1. That's a truly scenic piece Paul. Top work!

  2. Excellent work Paul :)

    The chances are that the bridge was wooden, given that the Saxons and Danes weren't known for their masonry skills.

  3. That is a great idea, love the sneaky guy getting in the barrel ready for the fatal spear thrust!

  4. The bathtub probably was a half barrel.
    Nice work!

  5. Great work.
    The scene on the bridge is good, and sneaky too...
    The river looks very like the real thing, almost a "living" water.

    1. Thanks :-D The river/water effect. I looked at paintings of water and they don´t use gloss effects, they just paint it as it is..adding darker bits for depth and then go lighter up to the White to Show movement. I´ve glossed the water surface since and it Looks...not at all real..

  6. Hi Paul! Excellent scene of a famour battle. It is very interesting how you built the bridge and the ground.

  7. Great work Paul, that's exactly how I'd imagined the bridge at Stamford to be.

  8. Nice Diorama Paul ,and a nice slice of history concerning the real bridge.Also great photo shots of work ongoing as you did the work. BB