One of the things I struggled with was the wire itself. It took a lot of time to string it up and it was way too shiny for my taste. I was inspired when I saw this effort on The Miniatures Page. Real simple and nice and rusty. I also remembered Mike Haught's "Pimp your Bunker" web article on the Battlefront website and thought I could put the two together and make a second go at it.
I knew I didn't want to paint the wire again like I did the first time so I had to figure out how to get some rust on the wire. I knew there were ways to put a patina on metal so a quick web searched turned up a formula to rust metal.
I mixed 4 parts white vinegar, 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide, and 1/2 part salt into a large jar and dropped in an entire roll of the Gale Force Nine wire removed from its container. I left that in the solution for about a day then rinsed it off and let it dry. It worked! All the shine was gone and even some parts of it were rusty. It looked more like galvanized steel but the effect suited me just fine. I now plan to do this for the Battlefront barb wire sections I own as well.
Having solved that problem I was on to the bases for my second attempt. I began with prepared 2"x8" panelboard with sanded over edges and primed. I have a bunch of these leftover from my first attempt.
Prepare your stakes. Using hobby wood from Michael's carefully and painstakingly drill a series of holes in them using your pin vise drill.
Next up will be some more texture.
Sprinkle on some ballast leaving many empty areas.
And there is my prototype for the second attempt. I was so pleased I made the other 5 needed for the pioneer supply trucks I planned on using at GenghisCon. Now onto the featured pictures!
|"Can you say POW camp?"|
|"Quick men let's get this wire up, Fausty's coming!"|
I also finished up a second supply truck (right) to go with my first. I was also able to correct the low rider characteristic of the first one. I took a hobby saw and cut the front wheels off at the axle, drilled, pinned, and glued back into place all without damaging anything or messing up the paint. I guess I glued them on upside down.
|"I hope I don't have to fire this thing."|
|"High Ho, High Ho, it's off to work we go..."|
|Did I say painstakingly?|
There they are. I am happy with them. They look to me more like positions that would be prepared well in advance of any action such as Normandy or the defensive lines in Italy as opposed to being rolled out the back of the supply truck. I'm going to use them as such anyway. Sorry about the pictures this time - the lighting and photo processing is off a bit.