Scenery: Barbed Wire

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Many battles take place in or around fortified positions. A major part of a fortified location is obstacles to slow down enemy troops or armour. Of these barbed wire is probably the quickest and easiest to deploy.
Like all things there are 3 ways you can go about acquiring barbed wire for your gaming table: the cheap and easy way, the expensive and easy way, or in this case the cheap and hard way. This tutorial aims to show you how to create barbed wire that's cheap, and looks a dam side better then the store bought equivalent. Be warned: this is a difficult and time consuming project.
[gal_img]1131[/gal_img]Warning:Don't be fooled by the scale. This is real barbed wire, and can cause real injuries. Take care constructing and handling the barbed wire.

Things you'll need:

  • 0.5mm diameter wire *
  • 2 pairs of pliers
  • 1 bench vice
  • 1 pair of wire clippers
  • 1 metal rod, or large nail
  • 1 pair of needle nosed pliers (optional)
  • 1 pair of garden gloves (advised, but optional)
* I used 0.7mm wire as it was the thinnest I could get. The end result was slightly out of proportion as a result. If you can find 0.5mm wire, you should get a better end result.

Creating the wire

This is the easy part. Cut a length of wire slightly longer then twice the length you want your final product to be. In my case this was approximately 2'.
 If the wire has any kinks in it you will need to straighten it out first. I found the most effective way of removing kinks is to secure one end in the vice, then use the pliers to rapidly and forcefully pull it tight.
Bend the wire in half, and secure the two ends in the bench vice. You should now have a big wire loop sticking out of the vice.
Put the metal rod through the top of the loop. Pulling upwards (to make sure you keep the rod at the top) twist the wire. When you are happy with the result, add a few more twists, so it will keep its shape when you let go.

Creating the barbs

This bit sound easy enough, however it is time consuming, and difficult.
Cut lengths of wire approximately 3cm long. The number of lengths you will need is dependent on how long you barbed wire is going to be, and the spacing of the barbs.
Start at either end of the wire. Wrap a length of wire once around the wire you twisted earlier. Put on the gloves and use the pliers to pull both ends of the tight around the twisted wire.
Next wrap it around again. Use the gloves and pliers to pull it tight again. You now have your first barb.
 If the coil of the barb has gaps in it use the needle nosed pliers to squash the coils together. Also you may find the barb is inclined to fall down the twisted wire. If this is the case, use the pliers to squash the barb. This should prevent it from doing so, however if this fails, use superglue when the barbed wire is complete.
Repeat the above proses to create barbs along the length of your twisted wire. I found that a spacing of 1cm looked good, but you can do more or less according to your taste/patience.
Once you have created all your barbs you'll have to cut the spiky bits down to size. I found that a 2-3mm spike looked best, although this is entirely up to you. It is a good idea to cut the longer to start. That way if you don't like the look then you can cut a bit more off later, however if you cut it too short then your screwed.
 Free your creation from the vice, and cut the loop off the top. Now you have a complete length of barbed wire that doesn't look half bad. Paint it and shape it how ever you please.
Enjoy.
Warning:Don't be fooled by the scale. This is real barbed wire, and can cause real injuries. Take care constructing and handling the barbed wire.
 




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