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Swampking23 Mar 2017 7:28 a.m. PST

So, I'm painting up a lot of 15mm chariots and I'm getting close to the final stages. I was curious as to what others do for chariot reins. I've thought about thread or dental floss painted an appropriate color but wanted something that looks a bit more natural.

Any suggestions?

JimDuncanUK23 Mar 2017 8:26 a.m. PST

In 15mm why bother.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut Inactive Member23 Mar 2017 8:30 a.m. PST

I don't bother even 28mm.

Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2017 10:04 a.m. PST

I've used dental _tape_ before – it is flat rather than roundish like floss. I split each section lengthways in two which was easy enough.
I've only done reins like this once link but I've just bought some more for a batch of 4 chariots.

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member23 Mar 2017 10:11 a.m. PST

I don't bother for 25mm. When I did I used fly tying tinsel.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2017 10:55 a.m. PST

I used brown thread in 28mm – bit of a pain in the neck

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

I never bother, but very fine nylon sewing thread would be my choice.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2017 11:32 a.m. PST

I always wanted to make reins, but I can't make them look right, and they end up looking worse than nothing at all. That said, I remain convinced reins could be a lovely embellishment if done right. Good luck.

- Ix

Rick Priestley Inactive Member23 Mar 2017 12:44 p.m. PST

Have used: fuse wire (best), thread (okay), paper cut fine (bit delicate but best for tracers). Have plaited fine fuse wire before now… yes I know… it take all sorts.

mumbasa23 Mar 2017 1:14 p.m. PST

The Geo-Hex creator told me that he took a house paint brush, cut a few bristles, and glued them on his chariots for reins. His looked pretty good!!

Terrement23 Mar 2017 2:45 p.m. PST


evilgong Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2017 3:50 p.m. PST

I use thin copper wire, the stuff that is in electric motors.

Find an old one and you'll have a life-time supply with multiple other uses.

I reckon it adds a lot to your 15mm chariots.

David F Brown

Perris070723 Mar 2017 9:18 p.m. PST

Nice homage Terrement. I am old enough to get that one. Gilda was an amazing talent! I liked Lisa Lubner too.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2017 10:13 p.m. PST

I have drilled out the mouths of chariot horses. You quickly learn to not go all the way through from one side. Come at it from both sides and meet in the middle.
There is a fine wire braided with thread. Beats me where I got it; itcwas back in the previous century. Probably in some Hobby or craft section somewhere.
Anyway, run the wire through and through the hands.

Swampking24 Mar 2017 2:29 a.m. PST

Thanks for the suggestions, one and all some great ideas that I'll have to try.

I was thinking of something more along the lines of this:


Can't seem to post a pic but it's got pics of chariots with reins from the old Gladiator range (now produced by Black Hat Miniatures).

Why bother? That's like asking a man why he married the woman he did or why he likes dark beer or why he likes golonko it's a personal preference.

Terrement ah yes, Gilda Radner, had forgotten about the days when SNL was funny, and not just a propaganda machine for the Democratic Party. Also, it reminds me of a 'Comedy Company' skit from the '80s with Colin Carpenter:

YouTube link

gisbygeo Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2017 7:08 p.m. PST

I second the vote for dental tape.

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