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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tabletop World Stone Bridge Unboxed and Primed

 Getting things started in the new digs with a project from Tabletop World!  The brand new Stone Bridge just arrived this week so here it is.

As you can see the box has been dropped on a corner and looked like it had gotten wet as well.  Needless to say I approached opening this with some trepidation.  I did notice right away that this was a sturdier box than TTW usually uses.  There regular boxes are thin with a lot of give but the packing method compensated for that as you will notice.

As per usual with TTW the box is well stuffed with old newspapers wadded into balls and used as very effective shock absorbers.

You can the bridge emerging from the newsprint wadding.  Completely cocooned and well protected from shock.

 It needed that protection this time and it worked very well.  No damage to the model at all.

One of the big reasons I'm a total TTW fanboy... aside from how cool all there stuff looks... is the amazing care and attention to detail in the model prep and shipping.  Here you see the pieces right out of the box come pre-cleaned and pre-fit.

 I literally just placed these guard shacks into their snug fit slots... no gap, no irregular surfaces to file.... heck... it might even have made a small "click" as it sat into its position.

The lanterns for the bridge lighting fit the same way looks like I'll be able to leave them as separate components for transport purposes.

This is exactly what I want when I buy a premium kit... no tools required, especially no power tools, to beat the kit into shape...... BooM! There it is!

The roofs come taped onto their building structure and it seems to help with the transport survival.   It also makes a great box for the fiddly bits!


 The small parts are bagged and placed inside one of the building sections which is then taped shut with packing tape.

  The smaller parts are expertly cleaned and pre-fit just like the big parts.   This step save you some serious time and moves the risk of breaking a part during cleaning away from the purchaser and onto TTW...just WoW!

So the unboxing went well and its time for the Primer.  Yep... from previous experience I know that these things have already been washed and have practically zero mold release residue... I've occasionally given myself an adhesion problem with a sub par wash job so well just shake up the can and let it rip!

.... aaaaand FAIL! 

Your fabulous host is demonstrating just how rusty you can get when you step away from the bench for a couple of months....  I was certain that I was spraying these black!   Guess again.... its a dark camo brown... AAAiiiieeee!!! I had to spray ALL of it.... seriously!?!...  ack!  

Ok , ok, breathe.... Imma go with:

"I primered the model this brown color instead of black because its a water feature and it would have a different tint to the weathering due to all that muddy water being splashed all over it during every day and night of its working life.... not to mention storms!  Did I mention storm surge and .....browwwwwn?"

Yep THAT is my story and I'm sticking to it!  Yep... I suuuuure am..... really.... it's true, I say,  TRUE!


  1. Haha. Oh man, I've done that before. Man these terrain pieces are just packed with detail. Do you have a giant space to put them all together now?

    1. The space to work in is giant but kind of sparsely equipped at the moment... I'm currently painting on top of the beer fridge... er party fridge... er perishable supply containment device! .... that will change once my furniture actually arrives! At the moment I'm sorting out lighting and ... reviewing my wood process! I'm glad you inspired me to do a step by step of it .... otherwise I'd have certainly ended up with something similar... but not the same... as it is the brown base coat will have an impact.. it just remains to be seen what that is!

      Oh... and I love the details they put in here! Now let me source a couple of water containers...

    2. Blogging is all about just keeping track of your own recipes :). I used a rhinox as a base instead of a mournfang brown once...never again. That stuff is always recorded now! Greggles hates stripping things! I'd rather sell and rebuy!

    3. Hai! I Agree! I hates repainting stuffs... I Hates it! Fortunately the Brown might work out here.... I'm reading my own propaganda but... it reads well! Forging on! Finished up step two of wood process today and realized I need to rebuild painting stamina! Tomorrow I should finish wood and move on to stones... yeeeHAW!