Terrain 3 - orchards, barbed wire

British 6pdr AT gun in an orchard.

British infantry section and a Churchill (all GHQ) advance towards the barbed wire.


I made the orchard bases out of 2 mm thick MDF, 75 mm square. I populated some of these with trees, and left others "bare" so that they could be used for regions of the orchard populated by troops (i.e. still represents orchard). Both types were flocked to give a uniform appearance.

The trees are made from cocktail stick trunks, with foliage made from somewhat course textured Connoisseurs range flexible tree foliage from Javis. (See the Links page for details).

I found a small electric hobby drill invaluable when I made the orchards. I used it to drill holes in the MDF that the tree trunks fit tightly in, and used the circular saw attachment to trim of the protruding trunks off the underside.

Barbed wire

This poses a bit of a problem at 6 mm scale as wire is either too big or too fragile to use. I sat there fretting about how to model the wire entanglements, and then I remembered a passage from my Boy Scout Handbook I first read about 30 years ago. In its description of Baden-Powell at the siege of Mafeking it states:

"By mutual agreement there was no fighting on Sundays. The Boers were seen climbing over the barbed wire round there defences. Mafeking had no barbed wire, but on Sundays B.-P. got his men to mime stepping over wire...Again the Boers were taken in. It was a masterpiece of military deception"

Once again I used 2 mm MDF for the bases, cutting strips 75 mm long and 15 mm deep, drilling holes and inserting 7 mm long plastic rod. A bit of flock powder and you have a barbed wire entanglement (if you use a bit of imagination!)