While glancing at old wargamer glossies, I came across a photo of game with real twig 'wicker' fences and, well, lightbulb!
So the next day, when doing some 'gluing' of cavalry onto horses using green stuff which is nicely sticky when new and fills in gaps in the seat. However as usual I overestimated the amount needed. Rather than to waste, I thought to use some to attach and support stakes on a stick. After I cut off the lance tips of the newly purposeful malleable metal rods so they can be thread through.
|old metal lances and spears with the tips cut off. a rather quick and haphazard try but the idea could work....|