They're actually rather easy to make, and you only really need a gate, straight, inside turn, and outside turn.
The easiest way is to go buy a few of the wooden dowels from the craft store, cut them to roughly the same length as you wan the palisade height to be, then take a pencil sharpener to one end (clip the actual tip off after sharpening), then take some foam, cut it in lengths you want the wall pieces to be as a wedge. use either cardboard or whatever you want as a base, attach the wedges along one side then the row of wood with hot glue (Adding some washers between the two is something that is helpful in keeping it weighted properly, but not always necessary depending upon the width of the base). You can improve the look by weaving thread through it, a pass one way and then the reverse in a couple rows evenly spaced vertically.
If you want a platform, take wooden coffee stirrers and make a line at the right distance from the top, wide side flat against the row of dowels so that it's slightly more than the right height to have minis looking over it, then use that lip to add one or two rows of popsicle sticks to provide a place for minis to stand on, brace that with toothpicks that link the edge of the platform back to link points between the dowels.
Then, if you want it to look better for use, take some filler and cover the gaps between the foam and the base, and on the other side of the pallisades, nun some across the base roughly and then take a large, hard brush and muck it up to look like trampled muck for the interior or whatever ground you want there.
Then paint it up, flock it, and seal it up.
The gate is a bit harder to assemble, but it's basically the same type of thing.
A made some years ago. It's nothing more than balsa wood scraps and matchsticks glues together and then hot glued to a pieces of cardstock. I clipped the corners of the bases and steep angles so I could butt them up next to each other at any angle, eliminating the need for corner pieces. You just need straight pieces of varying lengths.
If I were to do it again, I would just buy packs of wooden pencils from the dollar store (the kind that come 24 in a pack). Cut them in half (or even thirds depending on the overall height you are looking for. Sharpen one end of each piece. Hot glue them together using a craft sticks or coffee stirrer as the horizontal piece. Glue down to a piece of cardstock and paint.
Actually, the dowels end up cheaper there, meaning the yard long ones or similar because you can get about the same length in total and you don't have the sharp snap issues where they don't splinter apart like pencils tend to...plus they're round rather than hex in shape
Sandpaper and a few coats of Elmer's glue before priming should help with that.
Not as much, the issue comes with palisades being higher and thin, they break quite easily with any of them, but pencils, especially cheap ones, tend to break into jagged edges due to the core for the graphite.
The stratches come from the tip where you need to work it down to something that isn't a hazard for those working near it.
Okay, I think I found the fastest, easiest, best authentic looking, no paint needed, palisades.
I just grabbed some sticks from the yard, cut them to size, use a pencil sharpener on one end, hot glued together on a card stock base, and added some smaller pieces for the horizontal beams.
This was stupid fast to do. It took me longer to take/upload pics and create this post than it took to build the thing.
When using natural wood pieces, you pretty much need to disinfect them before using or they can grow mold and spread other things.
The easy way is to take aluminum foil, lay the pile on it and seal it up. Then put it in the oven set at a 300 degrees F, for about a half hour. Then immediately pull it out and let it cool down before sticking it in the freezer over night. That kills pretty much everything and anything that could be troublesome. And even then seal it with at least glue and/or matte varnish spray
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT