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Modular Fence System

In our recent game (and first ever) of Warfork Fantasy Battles - Warhammer for Adults it became apparent that my supply of linear obstacles is quite limited - the walls you see on the photos in the AAR are all that I have. Among them only three corner pieces and no gates. Also, I do not have any sections to represent destroyed parts - which would have been of use with the cannon rules. Besides, these walls were done around 1998 - a time when my skill was a lot less developed than today.

Lets do some terrain!

What I do not like about many linear obstacles that you find pictures of online or which are even available to buy, is to recognize them as linear wargame modules. To illustrate what I mean lets take a look at the first fences I built for Warhammer 40,000 many many years ago:

The way the fence posts are placed is not as you would find them in reality, the posts would be evenly spaced, not two near each other as where two sections meet in the model fence.

So when designing my new fantasy fences, I thought of how to design them to disguise the obvious joins of the sections. The joins will be visible anyway, as there will be a physical join and I probably will not manage to line them up perfectly - what I am trying to achieve is to not have the joins obvious at first glance.

In the end I settled for the following design (designed in OpenSCAD):

The idea is, that the half posts on both ends join up to form a full post, like in the following two pictures:

The balsa wood for the posts and logs is ordered, the base plates I plan to get from the local DIY store. I will ask for sheets of 5mm MDF in 6" width - this way all the sections will have the same width. The long sides I will then cut by hand to get them in irregular shapes.

Let's see how this will turn out.


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Modular Fence System

I bought the MDF sheets last week, and started Saturday to work on the bases. The ordered balsa wood was on backorder, but should arrive this week as well.

I started to cut the boards using my Proxxon KG50 using the spacer. This makes sure the connecting edges are all the same width.

The rest of the way I cut with a coping saw.

The undersides where then sanded, so they were flat.

Next I drew two lines on the top side, the area between them will remain flat, the area to the outside will be sloped down.

I started the sloping by cutting a ~20° (the diagonal from the lower corner to the line marked on top from the center 10mm strip) angle at each corner, again to make the seam between two segments as even as possible.

The rest was cut freehand and then sanded.

All pieces done so far:


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Modular Fence System

I worked on some more bases today, I have 20 in total ready, now I need to wait for the balsa wood.


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Modular Fence System

I constructed the first sections, two like my initial draft and two the way pendrake recommended over on tmp.

I think I will go with my initial design, as on the one hand I like the join between sections better (it hides the join better in my opinion) and on the other hand I only have the two half-posts at the join fix, the rest of the section I can design however I like to.

Next I will design a little helper tool that will help me to glue the half posts into place more exactly and at an exact 90° angle.


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Modular Fence System

I built two helpers, one to get the horizonzal bars at the same height, and one to align the vertival end posts.

The first eight pieces are done, ready to be painted:


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Modular Fence System

The next six modules are done. These are all damaged to some degree, never thought that I would ever use a heavy hammer in my wargaming projects...

Only six more straight ones to do, those will get some more gates.


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Modular Fence System

I finished the last 6 straight pieces. One has an 8cm wide door (allowing 4 20mm bases abreast to pass), the other two have a 2cm wide door.

Next up are the corner segments.


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Modular Fence System

I prepared all the edge bases, cutting them into shape and bevelling the edges.


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Modular Fence System

The connecting posts and one of the edge posts are glued to all the bases.


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Modular Fence System

The edge sections are done.

The last type of section I wanted to build are end pieces, that only connect on one side to another fence section.

All the sections I wanted to build for now are done, next up is painting them.