Fortify your defense line with this new bunker

By Polar_Bear
In Historical
Apr 8th, 2014

Urban Construct has released their new Type R677 bunker terrain piece over in their webshop.


From the release:

Urban Construct announce their new D-Day range of antitank bunkers. The 28mm resin models cover a series of bunkers that formed part of the Atlantic Wall.

Shown here, type R677 was located in many positions along the coast including at Omaha Beach where it was used to house the fearsome 88mm PAK43/41 towed anti tank gun. The first of this type was completed in March 1943 and was designed for enfilade fire with a 2metre thick wall protecting its embrasure from the sea. It was in fact nearly impossible to penetrate the concrete as it offered protection from naval guns up to 200mm. However, some destroyers sailed as close as 800m to the shore to get a direct shot through the embrasure, which is also how some were eventually knocked out by tanks. This type of bunker can also be used to represent actions at the Merville Battery, Pointe du Hoc and St. Marcouf Battery (Utah).

This series of bunkers will be on display and available at Salute 2014. We will be at stand TF03 and we would be pleased to see you there. Pre-order the bunkers or tobruks to avoid disappointment at the show.
See more details and photos on our website.

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  • Soulfinger

    Oh dear. Maybe it’s just the paint job, but this looks like the sort of blue board terrain that kids sell on eBay.

  • its portraying rough concrete. Perhaps if you would come over to our stall at Salute you could see it in real life. I’m still obviously learning about painting and photographing.
    Dave at Urban Construct

    • Soulfinger

      The photography is just fine, and going by some of your other offerings, I expect the model is too. Plenty of great stuff on your site. I get what you were going for with it being rough concrete, but it looks like it was dry brushed one shade of gray over a darker one, a perfectly acceptable tabletop standard, but a technique used by gamers for everything from the sides of hills to building walls and not one that conveys the texture of rough concrete so much as a smoother, poured surface. There aren’t the gradients that would make this an eye-catching display piece. When I am wowed by a paint job then I want to emulate it in my own crude way. Were there pictures available of the bare resin product then I expect that I could be more impressed by the product. As it stands though, the photos evoke in me the thought that I could build the same thing out of blue board. The paint conceals the superior medium you’ve used. As much as I’d like to see it in person, I doubt I can afford the plane ticket. Best wishes for a good con though!

  • thanks for your reply Soulfinger. you’re right about the paint job. I painted this and two other bunkers at the same time and it must be said, in a hurry!

    Whilst it picked out the rough texture that comes from the joints in the shuttering, it didn’t pick out the woodgrain. Another ink wash perhaps and then a final dry brush.

    An interesting point about the raw material also…
    thanks again,

  • 4tonmantis

    Eh.. it might just be me but I almost think I can see the layers of foamcore that were cut to make this. This type of bunker is something I remember seeing way back when I first got into tabletop gaming (as an adult). The thought then was something like $40 for that!?!?! No way.. then I went home and made one from floral foam or cardboard or whatever..

    I’m not saying this looks bad, but it looks like a piece of homemade terrain rather than a model of a bunker. As Soulfinger indicated.. you really want to try to capture the essence of this type of piece. There is no shortage of these sorts of things on Ebay and if a terrain piece makes me think I could make it at home, then 9 times out of 10, that’s what I’ll do.
    Do a google image search of WWII Normandy Bunker . Look at some of the higher resolution images that come up. There is a lot there and, while I know it’s not necessarily the same style bunker, it can give you some serious hints about things you might do differently.