As the Testudo 30YW pikemen did not come with pikes, I had to find a supply of weapons for the figures. So, I turned to an old method of mine, by using plastic rod for the pikes.
Way back on this post on my blog, one can see how I used the same technique to make the spears for my Tékumel figures (and some of those pics are better!)
First off, some raw material:
This package dates back to sometime in 1999...
And, some processing:
The rod is cut into 50mm lengths by just rolling the edge of the knife blade on it, then snapping the rod at the cut.
After a few minutes of cutting:
Next, the business end of the pike takes shape. I place one end of the rod into some pliers with a flat tip, and give it a good squeeze, and then trim the flattened part to make a point.
This poor pic shows the three stages:
The point is approximately 2mm in length. Very simple, very easy.
With a bit of super-glue, the troops have a new weapon:
The 1mm diameter rod fits in very well. Now, to prime and paint...