Was at the craft store browsing about and found an ideal model for Red Weed. This stuff is a yarn that is intended for making dish scrubbers. It has lots of little viney-looking tendrils and can be braided into larger stalks. I suspect that some hairspray can stiffen it up enough for tree-like growths. You can't beat the price @ 92 yards for $3.50
The scan does not do the color justice. (The final posted color is closer to real color.) It is CHERRY RED, not the washed out pinkish hue that scanned. Closer to the color of the label logo.
I realize that Red Weed is not essential to the game, but it will certainly add some "atmosphere" to the playing area scenery. Would be very good for scenery in an area where a human patrol or assault is entering an infestation of Martians...
I'll check next time over there. Given its intended use, they probably have a nasty gray shade, too.
Of course, barbed wire can be extemporized: 1. Get a piece of PLASTIC window screen or aluminum screen 2. Using a straightedge and craft knife, cut between the lines leaving "barbs" on either side. Twist to stagger barbs 3. Glue down to a base 4. Paint silver, rust, brown whichever your heart says.
Yeap, hadn't thought of that one in years. I've literally have thousands of Epic figures and used to play 40k rules in Epic scale, using the 40mm Heroscape interlocking hex tiles for the terrain. Some years ago I found a display 'hex' for a going out of business hobby store. It was about 4' tall and would hold 24 hexes perfectly across for a great battlefield. They were stackable for elevation and even had river and lava tiles - set a 3" to hex scale and you're all set. Two of the square (20x20 mm) infantry based fit a hex, although it was better to keep the two squads in separate adjacent hexes or one vehicle per hex. Good stuff
Re Scrubby colors -- the web says that the Scrubby yarn comes in "Oyster Gray Sparkle." I will have to hit the store to see what Sparkle really means. Regardless, they do indeed make a gray. It may have a metallic strand in it.
Yep-- I never got lucky enough to find that much HeroScape terrain at a good price. I faked it with books, rocks, foam-core, green cloth, and Styrofoam.
Madmorgan: the "Oyster Gray" was way too light for anything like wire. It is also WAY too large and coarse. You are probably better off with the cut screen approach.
However, at this "scale," visually any kind of coiled wire, appropriately painted, can give the visual impression of barbed wire entanglement. Even 1/2 inch long barbs scale to only 1/200 inch long, so a coarse, sparsely spaced dry brushing of white or silver on the brown or rusty base color can suggest light glinting off the points of the barbs. Easy + quick.
I rather think the logic in Scott's book will hold: wire will be easy for the Martians to clear with heat rays. I used to use the window screen technique wrapped and glued around clear drinking straws.