Welcome to "Adventures in Lead", a blog dedicated to the hobby of miniature wargaming. The figures and terrain on this site are mainly for a campaign set in exotic "Indostan", a distant land bearing remarkable similarities to 18th century India during the Seven Years War. Bits and pieces from other projects may pop up here as well from time to time, including colonials, gladiators, pirates, dinosaur-hunting and even some RPG'ing.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Making Lance Pennants

After deciding to give my noble Indostani cavalry some lance pennants I starting looking for easy and inexpensive way to create them. The general consensus is to use the foil from a flattened out toothpaste or food product tube. I've had a hell of a time sourcing any of this type of stuff, but I have found an alternative source of strong malleable foil that is found under the lids of malt type energy drinks (like Milo in Australia) and baby formulas. These foil seals can be removed, flattened out and easily cut to an appropriate shape. Attach with super glue and bend to shape with a thin tube. (Click the images to enlarge)

The foil pennant in action.
The foil in its "natural form".


  1. Good one. I do something similar..but used printed paper flags etc (I´m lazy and it saves me painting them :-D) and add a thin layer of silver foil between the paper..like a sandwhich.

  2. Ingenius! A great tip, I shall certainly be on the lookout for some of those.

  3. Good idea!!!! Never thought of using that before!

  4. Try tomato paste tubes as an alternative to the foil. It's the same as the old toothpaste tubes and easily available.


  5. I use the same method as Paul. Another source for thick foil is the seal in some types of ground coffee.

  6. Thank you, it is a brilliant idea. I have some Perry Crusades miniatures and need to put up some banners and this should fit the bill perfectly!

  7. Frank, sent you an email, but no reply as of yet, so trying to get in touch this way. Need your mailing address so I can send some of those plastic scrub-brush "tufts" from my "Maiwand Day" table off to you. Tracked them down, "plucked" and boxed up about 150 of them. The box sits atop my desk beside my computer as I type this