Scale creep in plastic 1/72

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Fenton
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Post by Fenton » Sun Mar 09, 2008 11:13 pm

Oh I knew there was something I was going to ask....What are people using for Pikes with the Macedonians etc?...I was thinking of this brass wire unless someone else some magical idea?

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Post by thabear » Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:55 am

Hi Quintus

i'd be more than a little interested in what you come up with for your armies re which figures you're using , especially the Phyrric . I use the "DBA Fanaticus" site as a gudeline for what figures should look like and who can represent troop types .
I'm also a fan of the Carthaginians in 1/72 but i bought so many Romans already , i have to use them up first .

Hi Steve ,

i'm using some cheap florist wire for pikes and i will probably make them a little shorter for convenience , i havent made any yet , but i cant see the supplied plastic pikes lasting long on the table .

i got some cheap wire from an arts supply store but i think it is too thick , I'm not sure which thickness i should be using ?

cheers tom

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Post by Fenton » Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:11 am

I did buy some thin wire but it was far too thick for the Hat Macedonian, anything thinner and I am worried it will sag, and look silly, I am going to have a long think about this one, as for Carthaginians any army with Elephants as my vote, they just look so pretty!

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Post by tony0306 » Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:01 am

I bought a broom head from asda. It has plastic bristles and was some kind of double use brush with half of it red thicker bristles and the other half slightly thiner yellow ones. At first i was going to use the red ones but the yellow bristles are turning out to be perfect.

Regards Tony.

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Post by thabear » Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:13 am

Hi Tony

The broom bristles are plastic are they not ? therefore they would be the same as the plastic pikes supplied in the Zvezda phalanx figures .

i think the idea is to avoid using plastic for the pikes , unless the broom bristles you have found are a little stiffer ? , if so this might be a great solution . Ive heard of it used before but never had to consider it until now .

tom

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Post by Phaze_of_the_Moon » Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:32 am

Broom bristles are not plastic they're nylon (or something like that). They're great for pikes because they bend easily but snap back into place, plastics bend slowly and stay bent. Only problem with broom bristles is paint flaking off.

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Post by thabear » Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:39 am

thanks "phase " , answered my question , i'll try wire pikes first

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Post by Fenton » Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:03 am

Well I finally got thte rules and supplements today, sadly none of the model shops had any Carthaginian stuff at all, so a bit stuck now, well I shall read the rules and look for figures later

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Post by moj » Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:12 am

Back in my WRG days I used wire. Came in a coil but was absolutely straight when cut in 2-3" lengths, and bending it out of shape was hard work. Used to flatten the business end to create the spear point. Sadly I have absolutely no idea what the wire was intended for, but I'm pretty sure it came from a DIY shop rather than a modelling source. I'd guess it was around 0.5mm in diameter.

This doesn't really help, eh?

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