Friday 29 October 2010

Bowstrings in 1/72nd

Thought I might share this one with you all.This is how I put a bowstring on a 1/72nd scale figure...I have tried other ways, thin copperwire (too heavy and it needed painting which made it too thick), human hair..(it drys out and breaks)
and many others.

With this one I use the bristles from a normal 3" house paint brush.
The tools needed;
Second glue, tweezers, paintbrush and fine scissors (here nail scissors)
It´s pretty simple really...cut a fine bristle off the brush . It has to be a bit longer than needed to span the two ends of the bow.
Put a bit of glue on each end of the bowstave and attach the bristle. One end can be attached flush to the bowstave, whilst the other end can be a bit longer. When the glue has dried, simply cut off flush to the bowstave and paint over.

This works fine for archers that are loading or have fired, but for the ones that are drawing thier bowstring, it´s more or less the same method except the bristle needs cutting into two short lengths and attaching from hand to stave.

Next article...How to combine a can of  Beer and a normal drinking straw to get a cheap nights drinking :-)


  1. Nice and very very clever!!
    Thumbs up for Paul! :-)

  2. Very cool, I have used similar methods to make weapon slings

  3. An extraordinary idea ... thanks for sharing :-)


  4. A common issue with bowmen is the difficulty of keeping the bow from bending out shape, or worse, breaking off. I solve this On 15mm (yes, that's right) and 25mm metal figures by using thin brass wire. I find the tensile strength sufficient to maintain the shape of the bow and prevent breakage. I flatten the ends of the bow, cut a slit in the middle of the flattened area, insert and glue the wire in place. This makes the figures much more durable as well as enhancing their appearance. I will even add an arrow to some : )