Saturday, 30 August 2008

The Bridge at Kimmelsbrücke.

Babbington's Legion marches across the bridge, en-route to their new employment.

An aerial view.

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This blog received it's 5,000th visitor yesterday, and to celebrate here are some pictures of the finished bridge!
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Known as the Three Kings Bridge, this crossing of the River Eisenwasser at Kimmelsbrücke was built in the late 15th century using the Gothic style of architecture. It took nearly ten turbulent years to construct, during which the then-Kingdom of Dunkeldorf saw three monarchs come and go. To commemorate these kings three busts were placed over the bridge spans. The bridge was fortified at the time of construction: the two towers were taller and broader and included gates and a portcullis to prevent hostile forces from crossing the river.
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In subsequent decades the expansion of the Empire saw the need for a defended bridge decline and the gates became a marked inconvenience. In 1695 the towers were rebuilt in their present style. They currently include offices for customs & excise officials charged with collecting taxes and tariffs from those using the bridge and from river traffic passing beneath. Local legend has it that if any boatman should dare try to pass without paying his fee, the masks of the kings will belch forth flame and incinerate him - a legend stoked most assiduously by the customs officers...
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The bridge and the town of Kimmelsbrücke lie within the Grand Duchy of Hetzenberg, on the west bank of the Eisenwasser. Only five miles to the east lies the uneasy border with the Margravate of Dunkeldorf-Pfühl.
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Some dimensions: Overall length = 24 inches. Height of towers = 9 1/2 inches. Height of central arch = 2 1/4 inches. Constructed from Hirst Arts molds using Herculite 2 industrial-grade plaster, with some foamcore and card components. Paintwork in acrylics, with Klear varnish treatment. I'm open to commissions - if anyone wants a similar bridge, contact me at:- kirbycane822 @ hotmail.com (close the gaps - email harvester programs prowl these sites) and we can talk terms.

6 comments:

Martin said...

Hey A.J.,

That is quite the imposing span! You can almost hear the "cha-ching" of coinage changing hands. No doubt the bridgekeepers favorite song is from "Caboret" - "Money makes the world go around. The world go around, the world go around...."

Yours,

Martin

Fitz-Badger said...

A most impressive feat of engineering!

tradgardmastare said...

Loved the bridge and conversions - keep up the great work.
Alan
p.s I look forward to the figures being painted...

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hello A.J.

Your bridge is fantastic. Very nice work assembling and painting it. I'm envious. ;-)

Best Regards,

Stokes

A J Matthews said...

Thank you, gentlemen! =) And thank you, Stokes, for your bridge design which inspired mine.

tidders said...

Absolutely fab; gorgeous bridge. Well worth the time you spent casting all those separate pieces and assembling them.

-- Allan