Barbed WireBarbed wire can be a useful addition to many terrain pieces and in this article we look at a variety of ways to model it.
The first, and possibly the most realistic, shows a piece by Neal Crankshaw:
- Take a length of multi-strand electrical cable.
- After stripping off the insulation, take three of the copper strands and twist them loosely together.
- Tie knots at regular intervals.
- Now, use a craft knife, to cut one of the strands close to the knots. Hey Presto! Barbed wire.
Ariss also suggests the application of a couple of dabs of superglue to keep everything in place prior to painting.
The photo below shows a variation that 'Bushdoctor' calls the 'double twist method'. Instead of wrapping the thin wire at equal intervals as shown above, Bushdoctor makes two wraps very close to each other and then leaves a gap before making another two tight wraps:
Dragonflies7033 combines this with the previous method and twisted the strands of mesh around another wire to achieve the effects in the image below. To the left of the image he has used it as straight lengths whereas to the right he has created coils as illustrated above by Ariss' images.
Andrew Nelson and dragonflies7033 have both used their barbed wire in conjunction with Czech hedgehogs.