Dark Ages England, World War II's Eastern Front...and Trollbloods? What do they have in common?...they could all use some wattle fencing! In my effort to create some more "do it yourself" terrain for Saga(Dark Ages Skirmish Game), I have played around with making some crude, wattle fencing scenery pieces for my gaming table. These could be used for just about any era of historical wargaming or fantasy wargaming.
Since my experiment met with (at least what seemed to me to be) success, I thought I'd share a complete terrain tutorial on the method and materials that I used. I actually built the fences using two different materials, so I will share both methods....
Method #1: Wattle Fencing from Twigs...
As I was walkign around in my yard, I noticed a lot of post-Winter debris including twigs of various sizes...these would be the basic material for my wattle fences. If you don't have access to natural material, scroll down to Method #2 below for an alternative.
1)wooden dowels(from a craft store...round tooth picks could suffice)
2)the dowels cut into small pieces
4)cardboard("card" to my European friends)
5)a pin vice(an x-acto knife could be used instead)
6)white glue(a.k.a. PVA glue)
Method #2: Wattle Fencing from Leather Cord...
So let's you say you don't live in a wooded area as I do or have access to twigs...what do you do? Another option is to use leather cording available in craft stores(sometimes even the craft section of discount stores). Let me go over the materials for this alternative approach:
2)leather cording(cut to length)
3)a ready to go base of cardboard & dowels(see above)
This method is a little more labor intensive but still pretty easy. You start by making a base just as with the twig method...
Thanks for viewing and reading....