Sunday, November 15, 2015

Tanks in the Wire!

Okay it's not about tanks, but is about wire or the simulation of barbed wire or concertina wire.

So seeing some the the great barbed wire terrain that other have made I thought that I needed some myself for defenses or obstacles.

Here is my attempt to do such a thing.

First I cut a strip of fiberglass screen so that it looks like a strand of wire with barbs on it.

Next I cut a line of brass 28 gauge wire twice the length of the Fiberglass screen.

Now the hard part, fold the brass wire in half at the loop you then place the looped end into the chuck of a drill,

 Now holding one wire and the fiberglass screen strip together with your finger tips, and the second wire you want to keep separate in your other fingers,

Now gently squeeze the trigger on the drill and let the drill do the work of twisting the wires and screen strip all together.

Trim the ends and now you'll have a long strand of barbed wire to do as you wish! Or wrap it around a small rod for making concertina wire. You could string it between wood post as well. Place it on top of chain link fence. Cut in in smaller sections for battlefield debris.

Here I wrap it around a small wood dowel.

Now it's a matter of basing and painting.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Hesco/Gabion Barriers

Seeing Hesco Barriers/Gabions Barriers from other manufactures and the cost to have enough to really do anything with, I figured I can just make them just as well after seeing someone else do it in 28mm range.

Tools and items needed are scissors, hobby knife, glue, 1/2 inch square wood dowel, fiberglass insect screen, hobby miter box and saw

So with a 1/2 inch square wooded dowel costing cutting it in to 1/2 inch cubes which would equal to a 4 foot by 4 foot cube more or less. A 48 inch dowel would make about 96 Barriers! But I know it will be less due to cut lost. It will still make for a lot of barriers.

Then some old fiberglass insect screen cutting it into 1/2 inch strips. I got my from a glass and screening place that does replacement for damaged windows and screens, I got a big piece for FREE!

Now with some wood glue I start gluing the screen strips to the wood cubes wrapping it around all four corners until the screen reaches each other then I just cut it away.

Once the glue has dried around the screen, I spread some glue on what I believe to be the top, I then had some sand to this fresh glue,

Once this is dried, you can mount them to a base to allow you to make a wall fast, You can make corners sections and straight sections, you can skip the sand part and just glue two of them together one on top of the other.

Now this might seem like a lot of work to get to this point but you can save a lot doing so, but you can have a fortified place that will look almost impenetrable.

I only made a couple for now just to see how the would look and to share what I have learned. I think they are going to be great and work really well for my gaming needs!

My plan is to use them in my Zombie games and post apocalyptic games mostly for the military units.

This project cost me less then 4 Dollars! And I'll have more then enough barriers then I can think of.

I hope the will inspire others as the post on The Miniatures Page did me! Now get out here and get your defenses UP and Running!