CannonThese superb cannon were created by snitchythedog using wire, beads and wooden dowel. The cutting mat on which they are stand in the picture has one inch grid squares so the cannon are perhaps a little on the large side for 'standard' 28mm wargaming however with the use of smaller diameter wire, beads and dowel...
In the following article, snitchy explains how he made one of the cannon; however the same methods were used to make all three.
- 3/8 inch hardwood dowel
- 1/4 inch hardwood dowel
- Wood coffee stirrers
- Wood popsicle sticks
- Assorted beads
- Poster paper
- 16 gauge wire
- 20 gauge wire
- One straight pin
BarrelI began by cutting the 3/8 dowel to the required length. A hole was drilled in the center of each end and, using the pin, I stacked three beads and glue it onto the end of the dowel.
Wire was wrapped around an extra piece of dowel to make a coil which was then cut into individual rings. These are used to hide the edges of paper and add detail at the front of the barrel. Two different gauges of wire were using as shown and all of the gaps were lined up on what will become the underside of the cannon barrel i.e. where they will be hidden from view.
CaissonI started the caisson with the wheels. I first found a hard round form upon which I could use a clamp. I crimped three coffee stirrers for each wheel and cut these to fit the form. The strips where then glued together, staggering the openings, and clamped into place.
When the strips were dried, I cut and glued a center spoke made out of a match stick. I then cut and added the rest of the spokes after which putty was used to fill gaps prior to sanding all surfaces.
The platform on which the cannon stands is made from matchsticks with an edging made from coffee stirrers.