Razorwire has been a fixture on the world’s battlefields for well over a century. You can’t have a war without razorwire. Tabletop gamers are clued into this, now it’s time for scale modellers to take notice.
A company called Army Painter offers extremely realistic looking razorwire. Army Painter makes their products with tabletop wargaming (Flames of War, Warhammer 40K, etc.) in mind, but a few of their products can also be useful to modellers. Case in point: Army Painter’s Battlefields Razorwire.
To the naked eye, this stuff looks exactly like a tiny coil of razorwire. I mean it really does look like razorwire, and it even feels like it has sharpened points all along its length. To see how they accomplish this effect, I took a macro photo of their wire to discover how it’s made.
This is a segment of the wire, approximately 12mm in length. You can see how they wind one tiny strand of wire around another. The wound strand even has rough serrations cut into it, which is what, presumably, gives it that sharpened texture. The effect is most convincing!
Up to now, the packages I’ve bought contained 2.5 metres of wire, and sold at my local gaming store for about nine dollars (Canadian). As I understand it, Army Painter has recently changed their packaging, and now give you three metres of wire with no increase in price.
I believe these rolls of razorwire add several extra degrees of realism to any armoured vehicle model. No armoured force would ever venture into combat without bringing along a healthy supply of this wire for securing their defensive positions. Look at photos from any modern conflict, and you’ll see rolls of razorwire lashed to the exteriors of virtually every infantry vehicle.