17 May

Diy Dragon Teeth tutorial by Ignacio Herrero

Diy Dragon Teeth tutorial by Ignacio Herrero

Dragon’s teeth (‘Panzersperre Höckerlinie’ in German “Thx Seb for your add”) are square pyramidal fortifications of reinforced concrete first used during the Second World War to impede the movement of tanks and mechanised infantry. The idea was to slow down and channel tanks into killing zones where they could easily be disposed of by anti-tank weapons. They were employed extensively, but in practice, the use of combat engineers and specialist clearance vehicles enabled them to be disposed of relatively quickly, and they proved far less of an obstacle than many had expected.

Dragon’s teeth were extensively used by all sides in the European Theatre. The Germans made extensive use of them in the Siegfried Line and the Atlantic Wall. Typically, each “tooth” was 90 to 120 cm (3 to 4 ft) tall depending on the precise model.

Land mines were often laid between the individual “teeth”, and further obstacles constructed along the lines of “teeth” (such as barbed wire to impede infantry, or diagonally-placed steel beams to further hinder tanks). The French army employed them in the Maginot Line, while many were laid in the United Kingdom in 1940–1941 as part of the effort to strengthen the country’s defenses against a possible German invasion.

Due to the huge numbers laid and their durable construction, many thousands of dragon’s teeth can still be seen today, especially in the remains of the Siegfried and Maginot Lines. Dragon’s teeth can also still be found in the remains of the Zealand part of the Atlantic Wall, like in Groot-Valkenisse.

 

The Anti-Tank obstacles in wargames

Sherman M4A2 at  Siegfried Line

Anti-tank obstacles can be a variety of things. They can be as simple as a large ditch designed to trap a tank, or they can be a complex series of concrete or steel spikes firmly planted in the ground. Basically an anti-tank obstacle is anything that can stop a tank. Such obstacles were used to block access to certain routes off the beach and to force tanks into a minefield or deadly crossfire with anti-tank bunkers. Anti-tank Obstacles can either be wide ditches, solid barriers, or concrete obstacles like ‘dragons teeth’.

In concrete those units are too expensive each dragon teeth section in Grey Wolf ruleset is  very high points value, in face of other defensive structures less expensive  like barbed wire sections and minefield sections.

The Tutorial

For those tutorial I used a dragon teeth template from Federico Collada web page, FCModeltips.com, great job mate.

Once downloaded those file I reescaled those pdf to fit it similar to Flames of War stuff scale 1/100.

Template available at FCModeltips.

Cut carefully with a X-Acto knife the basic shape of the dragon teeth and on double-sided tape we paste this basic shape and then paste thin strips of cardboard, which simulate the formwork tables, which usually have these components of reinforced concrete.

This work is tedious, but it is the grace of the final result, it could be done the same but without the strips of cardboard.

Each strip is approximately 1 mm, with a cutter and a metal ruler is easily made.

Carefully we stick each cardboard strip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st step of the process done

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closed each side and we have the main piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We fix all sides with masking tape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master with dental gesso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gesso dried and ready to be detatched

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master done!!! see the moulding lines as real ones!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making mould with BlueStuff, also known as Oyumaru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oyumaru´s mould looks fine!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batch of three moulds with epoxidic putty

What easy to have enough copies!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another piece made with green stuff

Three pcs over a pvc foam piece

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whith kitty litter and glue seams to be removed soil

Whith fine sand we cover the rest of the base

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We add some peebles to simulate rocks and broken teeths

We add thin wire to make hooks

Primed with Panzer german grey

Some brownie tones and drybrushed its almost ready to receive flock and tufts

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That´s all folks, thx to your support We´re reached more than 30000 views in one year,…We´ll work to reach 50000 views….SEE YA!!!! Mates

 

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