|A close-up of my scratch-built, Snake Rail Fencing used in one of my French & Indian War games|
|The "real deal" -- snake rail fencing in colonial America|
My first question was fence sections vs. based and flocked fields surrounded by fences? Considering how my 28mm terrain boxes are bursting out of my closet already, I chose sections as they'll have a smaller storage footprint. The next main question was what to do about the ends of each section? I'd seen commercially produced ones that have the three rails "hanging in air" at the end and did not like how that looked. I thought about "X-shaped" support braces at each end, which I'd seen in pictures. I ended up deciding to go with simply having the three rails sloping down to where they lay atop each other on the ground. I'd also seen this in photos, and it seemed the easiest and least eye jarring way to go.
|In the center of the photo, towards the bottom, you can see two "ends" of my snake rail fence sections|
|The bass wood rods that I purchased at the hobby store to create my snake rail sections|
However, the next step goes much faster than I would have thought. I took a sharp hobby knife and trimmed each end down to a blunt point. I considered trimming the entire length of each of the four edges, but decided not to do so. I know it would make them look more irregular, but the point of these is to give the effect of snake rail fencing -- not necessarily scale them down exactly.
|You will need LOTS of these little 3-inch sections...12 per fence section, if you do it as I did!|
|Trimming down the ends to points was not as time-consuming as I thought it would be...|
|The insulation foam rack I created to help me in my pre-painting of the fence sections|
|The wooden stars I used as bases for the fence sections|
|Base coat was a dark brown (I used a craft paint Dark Umbar)|
|Next comes the Camo Brown dry brush|
|Fence sections glue together atop the wooden stars as bases|
|And here is a section, dry brushed Khaki, Gray, and with the bases flocked. Note how the rails simply lay atop each other, interlocking in the middle spots.|