Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Making Spears/lances

Probably another of those "I already know that" things but maybe..just maybe, it might be helpfull.
I like to make my spears out of metal for two reasons. It takes paint better than broom bristles and if there is no ring hand (or I can´t create one) they can be heated over a candle and "welded" to the bod. It has a disadvantge in that it´s heavy but as my bods all get based, one way or another it doesn´t bother me.

Firstly the tools. From right to left. Pliers, fine metal file, hammer, sidecutter, 0.5mm florist wire, and a hard surface. I´m lucky cos I´ve got this little anvil..(I pinched it from my son...well..he pinched 2 of the robots I got the other day ...so fair´s fair.
Cut of a length of florists wire..a bit longer than the length the spear will end up. Bash the tip flat, ocassionally turning the wire over so that the "spearhead" will end up more or less central to the shaft.
If your sidecutters are fine enough, snip the basic shape of the spearhead. A pair of old scissors will work fine as the should be quite thin after it´s beating.
Grip the spear with the pliers as close to the head as possible. If you just hold it in your hands the shaft tends to get bent. Firstly file both flat sides of the head, then round the corners to the edges. I like to file the back of the spear head (the part next to the shaft) to to give the appearanve of it being in two parts. Cut the spear to the desired length..finished :-D
Example of one of the lances in situ.

Hello to Lu Rodriguez aka anthrpopomancy of Dirt Cheap War-gaming. He´s only just got going with his blog but already shows some great ideas on making and acessing dirtcheap stuff. His Dimestore bod conversion is great.

18 comments:

  1. I always use metal spears but I buy mine from perry miniatures because of anger issues, good tutorial as usual.

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  2. Thta's pretty good, I've never done any work like that in metal.

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  3. Thanks Paul - that's very useful. Now all I need is an anvil...

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  5. Nicely done, thanks for sharing. Very close to what I do when making spears and swords. My blog may need a new how to... Paul you do excellent stuff.

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  6. Nice work - Don't forget hearing protection. I use cheap foam earplugs; however, listening to music via headphones would probably be even better. Regards, Dean

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  7. Great post Paul, very helpful!!

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  8. simple and a good idea! looks good for me

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  9. Really wonderful - this is very helpful. You will be surprised about the extent of what I don't know.

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  10. That's really getting into the spirit of things! Doing it yourself in essentially the same way it would be done in reality might be a way of getting a deeper understanding of the setting.

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  11. nice tutorial, very useful stuff florist wire I always have a small stock of it for all sorts of modelling uses .... Ideal for clearing the tops of blocked Vallajo bottles as well

    Terry

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  12. It comes out looking great and it really works. I was just reading about the whisk broom method the other day.

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  13. Very useful tutorial. Always the small things are the best!

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  14. Nice 1 Paul,
    I use paper clips for 15mm figures but never done it with any bigger figures so the Florist wire tip is very helpful.
    Cheers
    Paul

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  15. Thanks :-D
    I forgot to add that the things are bloody sharp when finished...a bit like the real thing
    Cheers
    paul

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  16. So you're the "blacksmith"? ;-)

    Great tutorial Paul :-D

    PS: I stick on my plastic ones. I've seen your fingers :-)

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