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Hal Thinglum Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2020 1:28 p.m. PST

I am looking for someone who makes 25mm lead spears. I have a Wargames Foundry 20-figure unit of Sikh War Irregular spearmen I am using for the Indian Mutiny as part of a Prince's force. In years past, I would use pieces of wire cut up, however, I want a spear point. What I don't want is spear points which are risky to pick up. Can anyone help me? Thanks – Hal

Wargamer Blue06 Jan 2020 2:24 p.m. PST

Gripping Beast

JimDuncanUK06 Jan 2020 2:24 p.m. PST

I use baling wire or even copper electrical wire.

You can get it in a variety of thicknesses, it is soft and easy to cut.

You can crush the end flat in a pair of pliers and then file a spear point. It will not be very sharp.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2020 2:35 p.m. PST

I must agree with "Wargamer Blue" the Gripping Beast Spears are excellent. link

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2020 3:39 p.m. PST

You could also try the Perrys.

epturner Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2020 6:05 p.m. PST

Dear Hal;
I am unable to find any wire that either doesn't: a. bend when I touch it or b. cause me a flesh wound.

I recommend going to the Home Despot and getting one of those stiff bristle brushes and using one of the bristles.

I seem to be having some rather good success with my ECW pikeys that way.

Eric

Lucius06 Jan 2020 6:36 p.m. PST

I take the beautiful but razor sharp North Star spears, and simply touch the point to a Dremel sanding wheel. It takes literally 2 seconds to de-fang them.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2020 6:39 p.m. PST

Hal,

Old Glory has pre-cut spears and javelins in various lengths with cast tips. I've used the longest ones for Renaissance pikemen and they work very well – wont't bend and won't pierce flesh.

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Jim

Pan Marek07 Jan 2020 2:29 p.m. PST

If you can find it- piano wire. It comes in different thicknesses and is "springy". It does not bend, but snaps back into shape.

Hal Thinglum Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2020 3:15 p.m. PST

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Good ideas, all. I went through my 20mm ECW metals and found pikes which I cut to a more appropriate size and they worked out quite well. Thanks again, Hal

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2020 5:38 p.m. PST

Broom bristle convert here too! I can never go back.

Here's the video that changed me:

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SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2020 8:43 p.m. PST

+1 to Col Campbell

I use the old glory javelin and spear packs. It's a steel shaft with lead spear point glued on. Just cut to size, file off if needed, super glue spear point on, then paint. They look awesome and are very strong. I use the same points for some flag pole tops.

Cheers

Steamingdave211 Jan 2020 5:18 a.m. PST

Lead spears are just too bendy and thickness is out of scale. I use the stiff wire ones from North Star. Keeping the points sharp does mean other people handle your figures with a bit more care, but if you are worried the dremel trick sounds a good one.

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