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Dervel Fezian21 Oct 2013 12:17 p.m. PST

Re-posting the whole saga of the War Wagon here. Did these for an upcoming game of DBM. Nothing like the impending game to inspire a little creativity… :)

So seems like I need War Wagons…… and fast! So I am working on this modular design which lets me swap out 20mm bases.. at least until I get some additional figures to put into them. I actually used one of my 20X40mm Litko bases as the bottom of the wagon.

This way since it allows me to change the troop type in the wagon?

Some of Paul Potter's Crossbowmen taking cover in the Wagon:

Some more Slavic bowman:

Was debating on the basing as well…. thinking I want double base for DBM 40X80 with a horse limber… but maybe splitting it into two 40X40 bases on a movement stand (better for DBA 2.2+)… So I went with the 40X40 modular concept.

so here they are with some paint, still doing a few finishing touches….

And with some creative placement they form up:

Creating separate bases with some horse teams and other scenery to dress them up a little..

And some tackle from Wood and String:

Creative use of sheet metal trimming:

Harnessed team on movement base:

Wagons Hoooo…..

All in all I am happy with the result. Originally did them as modular because I did not have the proper figs to mount in the wagons (using some French Crossbows and peasants here).
But I think they worked out ok…

cpt shandy21 Oct 2013 1:23 p.m. PST

That looks fabulous! Great work! I've been thinking of getting some wagons myself, and I really like the idea of scratch building.

platypus01au21 Oct 2013 1:39 p.m. PST

Great work!


Russell9540321 Oct 2013 2:08 p.m. PST

I've made war wagons a number of times, both 28mm and 15mm scale. It's always the wheels that give the most trouble. As in where to get some low priced wagon spoked wheels. Used 1" wood disks afew times for the 28mm size. Would have rather had 3/4" or so. Drilling out a hole for the axel, dead center on a wood disk is a pain.

Tom Reed21 Oct 2013 2:14 p.m. PST

hey! Where's the gatling gun?

Dervel Fezian21 Oct 2013 2:18 p.m. PST

You are correct. I have a Persian Tower with wooden dowel cut wheels, which seemed to be more correct for the tower… and it is a pain in the butt…

I scavenged some old Mini Figs Napoleonic limbers for these wheels and horses.

My suggestion, flea market artillery pieces.

green beanie21 Oct 2013 2:34 p.m. PST

Those look great. Will you do armored versions of the wagons?

kodiakblair21 Oct 2013 4:49 p.m. PST

Looks good.

BTW IrRegular do a pack of 20 spoked wheels.
code 25/59 @ £3.00 GBP. Also they do various horse and trappings

Yesthatphil21 Oct 2013 7:56 p.m. PST

A tricky job made to look easy … and results that are pleasing on the eye.

Fitting War Wagons into basing systems often requires ingenuity thumbs up! – thanks for posting …


Dervel Fezian22 Oct 2013 5:27 a.m. PST

Thanks again guys…

Green Beanie, I have a design for some side panels that would hang on these wagons and also protect the horse teams (in my head).

something like this:


When I have some proper figures I may make an upgrade.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2013 5:31 a.m. PST

Impressive, thanks!

Old Slow Trot22 Oct 2013 6:51 a.m. PST

Got me thinking of the John Wayne/Kirk Douglas movie.

Swampster24 Oct 2013 1:47 p.m. PST

Langley link have a nice selection of wheels though sadly no solid wooden ones.
Admittedly, Irregular are cheaper.

Pauls Bods25 Oct 2013 8:31 a.m. PST

Simple but highly effective!

TwinCities Gamer26 Oct 2013 4:59 p.m. PST

Brilliant and beautiful! You made it look easy.

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