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Being a modeller for quite a few years now, I decided to explore the endless possibilities that the world (through internet) offers, and come up with a series of ways of building, modelling and painting fast (but not hastily), to create the worlds I was seeing in history books since I was little. . .If you care to join me. . . This is the place to be! And, I promise you to find the way (or ways)!!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

How to: make Barbed Wire stands‏

Hi everyone!

Hope you are all well.
My today's post is about barbed wire stands, and how you can make them. These stands, are meant to be used on every WW2 (and WW1 probably) battlefield. Barbed wire was a common means of defence, and its versatily meant that it couldbe used in all sorts of places. Roads, around fortified positions, around houses etc..

 My goal is to give you an idea of how you can enrich your terrain with some cheap solutions as this one.

Materials needed:
1. A bag of tile spacers (2mm). You can find them in any hardware store. I bought my bag (400 - 500 pcs) for 5 euro.
2. Ear cotton buds (used or unused - that's up to you!)
3. Many (depending on how many pieces you want to make) rectangular pieces of plastic (4.5 x 2). I used vinyl tiles (againg from my local hardware store)
4. Barbed wire. I got mine from www.war-wo​ and Army Painter.
5. Super glue
6. PVA glue and sand (optional: Vallejo White Pumice - my preference for speed results)
7. Static Grass
8. Pieces of foliage cluster (optional)

The method:

1. The materials needed in full display

2. Cut the ends of the cotton buds, and keep only the handles
3. Fill the handles' gaps (the plastic round pieces are hollow within) with some putty

4. Glue the tile spacers (two per base) on the bases. Two legs up, two legs down ( X ) - see photo below.

5. Glue the cotton buds handles on the tile spacers (where the two lines are crossed) - see photo below.

6. Apply Vallejo's White Pumice on the bases

7. Apply Army Painters Leather Brown spray on the stands

8. Paint the stands and the bases with dark Brown emulsion paint

9. Paint the base(s) with earth colours. I used a brown colour and then I drybrushed a light sand colour on them. I have also painted some bases in shades of grey (not 50, and not from the novel), for an urban wargames table (future project).

10. (Heavy) Drybrush the stands with Vallejo's Panzer Aces 310 Old Wood

11. (Light) Drybrush the stands with Vallejo's Model Colour 886 Green Grey

12. Apply some static grass and pieces of foliage cluster on the models. I find it easier to follow this step first, before I place the barbed wire (it can get messy - but you can suit yourselves and do what you think is right)

13. Apply Black Primer on the barbed wire (sparingly - don't cover the whole thing with it)

14. Take a brush and wrap the wire around it. When it comes in full circles cut down as much as you need for each stand

15.  Glue the ''round'' wire from end to end to each base. Pay attention while doing this, you must place some of its sides on the wooden (tile spacers, cotton buds) parts. I tried to make them as dense as possible

16. Finito!

And some ...old photos from back then. :-)

As you saw (those you managed to read the whole post, and didn't get bored in the meantime), it was very easy to make these models. And cheap too. All the pieces, appx 20 cost me around 15-18 euro. Not too bad I think. 

I hope you find this tutorial useful.

Have a great Wednesday night everyone!


  1. Very simple and effective... you're a star Thanos!!

    1. I am just putting the pieces together. :)

  2. Well that is just brilliant; who would have thought tile spacers could prove so versatile?!

    1. When it comes into tight budget.. I can be very innovative! Thank you Michael!

  3. Oh my! My friend, how very clever. I'm definately into doing this! GREAT!!!!

  4. Simpel, cheap and effective... Perfect!

  5. Excellent tutorial once again T.

    I'm wondering, do you always have two full wargame tables set up? Because I see the town one (this one) and the countryside one are totally set up in nearly every post.


    1. Thank you!
      No, I dont even have one table available. I simply lay a small piece of grass matt in place, and after the photoshooting I put them bak in their place.

  6. Great idea mate. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Very nice. Good tip with the spacers.

  8. great stuff, really good. nice to see another great tutorial. I never knew companies sold barbed wire for miniatures, that seems very handy.

  9. Fantastic tip. Like the spacer idea too. Slave to Painting keeps the barbed wire in Aus/NZ. Sure you'd be able to get it Europe and US. Available online. Not sure who the manufacturer is off-hand

  10. Bloody lovely Thanos but that's because you're talented.

    1. I simply put the things together Fran! :) That's my thing

  11. Good idea and a well written tutorial.

    Thanks, Thanos!


  12. Hi T great work once again. Similar to mine but with less work. I used tooth picks and plastic mesh.

    1. I remember yours Greg! It was very very good! :)

  13. That's great Thanos very well done!

  14. That looks very cool T - you are a clever bloke. I have some of that Army Painter barbed wire kicking about and haven't put it to good use yet- your idea provides some encouragement.

    1. I am no clever John, I simply have a tight budget! :)

  15. very nice...thanks, and a great "how-to."

  16. Very very good and smart idea Thanos!

  17. This is a really nice technique! I posted a while back how to make barbed wire obstacles for Flames of War that is significantly less flexible than what you've done here. It's simple, looks great, and those little stands really give you flexibility. Nice job!

    One question though. Are they scaled more for 25/28 mm than 15 mm?

    Nick blogs at Spotting Round.


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