Tools and Materials
Plastic canvas ('granny grating')
Thin plasticard (0.5mm thick)
Take a piece of granny grating and - using the holes as a guideline - draw the shape of the plate on it with a marker pen. If you want to have less rivets on your metal plate (for example: just four per plate, one in each corner), you may want to mark only some of the holes.
Place the marked piece of granny grating over a sheet of plasticard and go through each of the holes with a needle - don't push too hard, you don't want to make a hole. It may take a few attempts to figure out how to do it.
|I use an unraveling tool with a handle as it is more comfortable - but the same results can be achieved with a sewing needle.|
|These were painted using brown undercoat and then drybrushed with Mithril Silver. Devlan Mud wash was then applied to further bring out the rivets.|
|Riveted plates made with a slightly thicker, blunt needle (the model is an Space Ork spider mecha I'm working on)|
|Riveted plate on a wall of a shanty town shack|