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Feldwebel





Hamburg, Germany


Hi there,

I just registered last week and posted my Death Korps of Krieg project today:

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I was asked about the barbed wire you can see here:


I don't like the look of GWs barbed wire and even FWs barbed wire didn't do it for me so I made my own*.
Since I was asked this quite often (on a German board, too), I decided to make a little tutorial.
(*: This method isn't new, I didn't invent it. I've seen it on some model-train websites before.


Nurgle's Rope - Tutorial


A little advice before we start!
Be careful!

I made barbed wire with 0,5 mm and it really has the potential to do some damage!! Even with 0,2 mm you should be carefull.
While the wire itself is very thin and breakable, short spikes won't bend and thus can cause some damage!
On the upside, people might avoid to touch your miniatures because of fear of tetanus.

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You will need:

- Fine Wire - I tried 0,5 mm and 0,2 mm. I think the later is better. You can get it from hobby stores. I recently bought ~ 1 km from ebay. You could strip small electric wires or network cables. There's usually some fine twisted wire inside.
- electric screwdriver / small drill
- pliers
- a piece of bigger wire, like a paperclip



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1st step:

- Take a piece of wire (I used a piece of about 30 to 40 cm) and fold it.
- Then take the paperclip or a piece of it and clamp it in the screwdriver / drill.
- thread the wire through the clip



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2nd step:

- hold the other end of the wires and twist them with the electric screwdriver / drill



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3rd step:

- clamp the clip to a vice or something else that will hold it



Here you can see how thin the wire is. It may break if you twist / bend it to much!




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4th step:

- The first spikes are the hardest to do. Normally I'll just twist the 2nd wire around the base wire and glue it in place.
- Take the pliers to hold the wire and twist the 2nd wire (spike-wire) around the 1st wire.
- Try to twist it closely together.
- Do this every few mm or cm, just as you like. If you run out of spike-wire, just add another one.

a)


b)


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5th step:

- When you are finished, you'll have something like this:



- Now, before you do anything: Glue the spikes in place with a small drop of superglue (mine has a little brush so I go over the spikes with it).
Otherwise the spikes might move on the wire!

- After the glue is dry you can clip of the spike wire at any length you want.



I know, there's some excess material. But if you do every spike alone you have excess material too - and you might go insane.



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Enjoy your barbed wire.



A little advice!
Be careful!

I made barbed wire with 0,5 mm and it really has the potential to do some damage!! Even with 0,2 mm you should be carefull.
While the wire itself is very thin and breakable, short spikes won't bend and thus can cause some damage!
On the upside, people might avoid to touch your miniatures because of fear of tetanus.





That's it, hope you like it.

doubleT, at your service.

PS: "Nurgle's Rope" © doubleT
edit: uploaded the pics to Dakka. Sorry, the quality of the pics doesn't reach that of the previous pics, the processing altered the images.

This message was edited 5 times. Last update was at 2010/09/04 19:13:44



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Two Rivers, WI

Very nice tutorial, with some great pics!

   
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Riverside, Cali

Hehehe I used to do that in metal shop in high school and lay it on those plastic chairs in class w/ 1-3 inch peices, the cries of the victims hehehe. I was so mean back then

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awesome job, thanks for the good pics

 
   
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Great tutorial! I'll admit I would've tried to make every set of barbs individually if I tried something similar, but your way would definitely go a long way towards keeping me from losing my mind in the process.



   
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Princedom of Buenos Aires

I'm like hungryp, I used to do each barb individually and that drove (more) mad.

Thanks a lot!

   
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Very good idea! I haven't come across this technique for creating the barbs - it doesn't seem half as fiddly as the result might imply.
   
Made in de
Feldwebel





Hamburg, Germany

Thanks, guys. Got some questions regarding the posts where the barbed wire is attached to.



Here's an update with a tutorial for the posts.



The inspiration:
This scene in "The Pacific", click and click

Relatively easy to do. If you need only a few, just bend a 0,5 mm wire around a piece of 1,00 mm wire.

If you need more, though ...

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What you'll need:

- a vise would be good
- a small piece of wood
- some 1,0 mm wire
- more 0,5 mm wire
- pliers
- maybe a 0,5 mm drill
- pencil

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1st step:

- on a line I made dots with a distance of 5 mm



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2nd step:

- I drilled holes with a 0,5 mm drill. That's not necessary but it'll help because it makes things easier.
- I put short pieces of 1,0 mm wire into these holes.
- Maybe it'd be wise to glue the pieces in place. They could move and come out later.



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3rd step:

- At first I used 1,0 mm wire. It's harder to bend and looks a little big later on. I'd suggest using 0,5 mm wire as I did in the later pics.
- Just bend the wire around the 4 pins. For the 1,0 mm wire you might need pliers; 0,5 mm wire is easier to bend.





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4th step:

The pole now looks like this.



Now, how do we get the barbed wire in there? The openings are a little to small to just fit the spikes through there.

- We open the bends a little with a sharp modelling knife. Open it to the upper side. Be careful with the knife!





The pole is now ready to use on your base. Maybe leave some wire and bend it around to attach it to the base.



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Bonus:

Maybe you are insane like me and you want these poles like you saw them in the pics from the series "The Pacific" that you've seen above. You could build some terrain or some Guardsmen drilling these into the ground ...
Here's how I did the lower ends.

- Clamp the pole and a piece of 1,0 mm wire into the pliers. At first (upper pic) I used the wrong pliers. It's easier to do it with those in the lower pic.
- Just bend the pole around the 1,0 mm wire. You could also use a 2 mm nail or something else. Try what looks best for you.






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Getting the barbed wire into the pole:

Now we have this beautiful pole:



- Put the barbed wire into the little space between the bend.



- Roll the barbed wire around the pole.



It's easier to begin with the lower openings and to work your way to the top.
I usually glue the barbed wire in place.



That's it. Hope you like this one, too.

edit: uploaded the pics to Dakka. Sorry, the quality of the pics doesn't reach that of the previous pics, the processing altered the images.

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chichester

that looks super cool i`l have to give that a try soon thanks dude

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Very nice tutorial and some great ideas. While the idea is not new, as you mentioned, the instructions and pictures are clear and easy to follow.

Great work

   
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Please host the pictures on Dakka.
   
Made in de
Feldwebel





Hamburg, Germany

Sorry, asmith. I don't want all the tutorial pics jamming my galery. I don't think that this is what the galery is for. That's what the thread is for.
At least I don't want to see some random tutorial pics while browsing the galery.

Also, if you have trouble seeing the pics, please say so. I never experienced any troubles with abload.de (had lots of trouble with imageshack, though).

So unless you can give me a sound reason or a mod tells me to host them on dakka, they stay where they are.

Thanks


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Phanobi






Canada,Prince Edward Island

Fantastic! I will certainly be using that on my bases from now on. Great instructions and pictures.

   
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New Zealand

I love your style of bases, please tell how!
   
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doubleT wrote:Sorry, asmith. I don't want all the tutorial pics jamming my galery. I don't think that this is what the galery is for. That's what the thread is for.
At least I don't want to see some random tutorial pics while browsing the galery.

Also, if you have trouble seeing the pics, please say so. I never experienced any troubles with abload.de (had lots of trouble with imageshack, though).

So unless you can give me a sound reason or a mod tells me to host them on dakka, they stay where they are.

Thanks


Actually that is exactly what the gallery is for, the voting style system was tacked on later. The image hosting is meant to prevent exactly what is happening here: a post with pictures not everyone can see or with broken links.
   
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AH!

I've been doing barbed wire that looks the same as yours (using thin gauge steel wire), except I was doing it where I cut little pieces off and wrapped them onto the wire. Using a single wire piece and then cutting off the loops is genius!

I've got to make some more now, knowing that it's going to take me less than like 3 hours a foot.

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i love it!

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Feldwebel





Hamburg, Germany

thx, guys, I'm happy you like it.

asmith wrote:The image hosting is meant to prevent exactly what is happening here: a post with pictures not everyone can see or with broken links.


"what is happening here"? Woah ... easy. Everyone can see every picture and no link is broken! I've used abload.de for years and have 500+ pictures there that are linked to in several German, UK and American boards (cars, photography, ...) without a problem ever since. But I'll make a new sub-galery on Dakka - just and only for you.


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This is an awesome barbed wire! Would you mind if I used this method?

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Berlin Germany

well after all its a tutorial, its meant do give people an idea to work there models. i think it was his intention^^

   
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Thanks TT for your effort. I guess I have to very specifically say, I can not see the pictures, and I am guessing anyone sitting behind web filters at work can not see them either. Suprisingly there are a large number of us who frequent Dakka (some for this reason alone).
   
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Feldwebel





Hamburg, Germany

Uploaded the pics to Dakka. The processing decreased image quality, thus the dull color of the pics. As a photographer, this annoyes me.

To quote you:
The image hosting is meant to prevent exactly what is happening here: a post with pictures in low quality.

Hope you appreciate it, though.

edit:

UltraHawk wrote:This is an awesome barbed wire! Would you mind if I used this method?

As Viktor said, that's what the tutorial is for.

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^^

   
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That's inspired! Thanks for passing on the technique. I have to admit that I too tried to make barbed wire before by bending each individual spike and gave up.
Right need to go get me some wire now!

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Thats the best DIY barbed wire I've seen. good job.



 
   
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This is the most realistic barbed wire I've ever seen. We have a winner, folks!

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love this! i gotta use it with my nurgles

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Feldwebel





Hamburg, Germany

I'd really love to build a complete Nurgle army around the barbed wire theme!

I may try it when the DKoK has seen a little progres.



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Great tut and nice pics. thanks

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I've been using army painters "barbed" wire, and this is going to be much, much better! Should buy some kids off the internet and start your own sweatshop making this stuff! I'd buy it!


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