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This one started as a toy from a kids meal.  I added some textured plastic card for armor plate and a couple bits from Stan Johannsen.  It’s a plain car intended to carry around an RPG team and cause some collateral damage by ramming convenient targets.

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I found a couple more cars suitable for post apocalyptic fun.  A new model from Hot Wheels for 2011 called Buszzerk and an Iron Man 2 branded War Machine from Maitso.

The Hot Wheels car was designed as post apocalyptic from the start.  It has a crazy buzzsaw in the middle and it actually has a driver modelled in the back.   The downside is that it has the wheels I hate and an obnoxious orange color.  I’m probably going to drill the rivets and repaint the whole things.  I’m up in the air about how to turn it into game mechanics. I’ll keep you posted.

 

The Maitso car is a roadster with armored windows, a rollcage and twin mini-guns.  It practically makes its own stats.  The “glowing” paint on top is painted over a roof hatch, you can’t see the detail in the picture.  It is assembled with screws so it is easy to disassemble.  I’m going to primer the plastic parts black and drybrush them metal.  Reassemble and weather.  The figure in the picture is Aberrant’s RPG loader.

 

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I scoured the internet and got the same advice that I got here.  There were two options for fixing my cultists.  The first was to coat it with gloss and then put a spray of dullcoat over that.  The second was to slowly strip it off by brushing on mineral spirits.  When this first happened, I sprayed the models again with matte sealer because it fixed things on a previous occation.  It made things worse.  I was concerned that I trapped two layers of discoloration. 

Ultimately, laziness won out and I decided that I would use the glosscoat method and if that did not work, I would melt it all off with thinner and start over.  I sprayed it over with glosscoat and let it dry.  It did not remove all of the discoloration, but it did get most of it.  I decided that they were good enough to play with and sprayed it will Testors dullcoat and called it good. 

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M2 Machines recently released a new series with beat up rusty project cars.  I picked up 4 of these.  I have avoided M4 in the past because they are kind of expensive for toy cars at $5 a piece.   These guys are all beat up and potentially a big time savings when it comes to painting. 

They come screwed onto a display base that needs to be removed.  It has some diamond plate texture, so it will go into the bits box for later conversions.

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What follows is a sad story, but it started so well.  On one of the forums I frequent I ran across a reference to Elheim Figures.  They make 20mm figures in a lot of different genres.  They look great on the website and the prices were not that bad so I went to look. 

While browsing, I ran across some desert cultists in their pulp range, which I immediately wanted for Warlands.  I found an Amercan distributor and immediately ordered a few packs of their “Arab Type Cultists”, a “Cultist Leader” for the gang and a few others for fun. 

When I received them, I was pretty happy overall.  One of the figures had a broken sword, but there was a note enclosed that they had noticed this and threw in a replacement figure.  Pretty good service from the distributor, I must say.  While the newer models were outstanding, the cultists were not so good.  They looked to be cast from old molds and the anatomy was off when you looked at them from any direction other than the ones on the website pictures.  This is not unexpected, but what was worse were the integral bases.   They were all different sizes.  Some of them were a quarter of an inch tall and often the front foot of the figure was hovering over the base, not even touching it.  The figures on the website had to have been sawed off the bases they come with and rebased.  I was not looking forward to that kind of work. 

I was still thinking of using these in a scenario that was aproaching to I persevered.  I carved and sawed and cursed and finally got them all rebased and assembled.   I converted a couple to stand in as RPG teams.  I added an RPG made out of green stuff to the end of the rifle on the first.  The second was the guard with the broken sword.   I bent his arm a bit and filed a place to add a metal tube representing a makeshift bazooka.

I lined them all up and got to painting.  It went well and I used desert earth tones.  I shaded them with a wash, and drybrushed them with a sand color.  Quick and easy, but it looked good.  I was pretty excited about them, but then disaster struck. 

I took them outside and started spraying the clearcoat.  Normally it dries clear leaving a  nice protective finish.  Not this time.  They were all covered in a whitish mess covering the paint and detail.  Even the dark parts were almost white.  It was terrible.  

I present the final mess, with my story and a plea for help if anyone know show to fix this. 

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I was finally able to win an eBay auction of some Dark Future figures to use in my Warlands games.  These are great figures and in many ways are better than anything that has been available since.  They show great detail and character and have the best faces I have seen on any figure in this scale. 

While I bought the auction for the infantry and bikes, there were some cars in it.  I could not help myself. I had to put one together and paint it up the same day.  This one was done as a buggy to go with the Vault Truck.  I tried to get a good picture of the driver.  It looks great, despite my quick and dirty paint job. 

A word of warning about these.  The figures were made over 20 years ago.  The plastic the cars are made of is getting brittle.  One of the roll cage bars snapped while I was assembling it.  It went right back in place with a little glue, but be careful.  These are showing their age in more that just its looks.

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Today I finally found an important addition to the Hot Wheels line. This is a Ford Falcon XB, made famous as the basis for Mad Max’s interceptor. I grabbed a couple to convert for Warlands.

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Apologies in advance.  This is more of a rambling journal entry than content.  Charcon was a big success and I have a lot of excitement and enthusiasm right now.  I need to think through what I want to do now rather then starting a bunch of projects that I will never get finished.  If I put my thoughts here, in a public place it will help keep me focused.  I have discovered that getting things finished and then playing with them is awesome and I want to do it more.

With a load of new stuff for TechCommander from Charcon, I have been thinking on what I want to do with it.  I also have three boxes of Wargames Factory Shock Troops, several boxes of Starship Troopers minis and a number of one off projects that have been sitting around waiting to be worked on.   This does not even remotely cover the two 40k armies that are collecting dust.   I have a lot of fun with Warlands and I have a lot left to paint, but now that my convention responsibilities are over, my enthusiasm is pushing me in a different direction.

I haven’t given up on my Warlands stuff to say the least, but my interest in is moving from building to actually playing the game for a while.  Since the local game shop has a play room for the young kids, I am promising myself to play Warlands once a month.  I still have a pile of cars left over from my “Keep What You Kill” demo, so I think I will run that a few times and plant the seeds of a few armies to play against.

So where is my modeling going?  For the moment, TechCommander.  I need to get together enough models that we could play games at the local store.  My first model, the limited edition AC3 Sparrow is pretty much complete.  It served me well at the con and it more than earned its paint.  I also have an AC4 Gladiator, which I have started cleaning.  It has lots of bubbles and flash and I really like the design so it will take me a while to finish.  The more I like something, the more OCD I get about it.  I got an AC4 Wartoad, and two AC2 Stingray grav tanks. Finally I was given a play-test model of the AC4 beast, in a bit of generosity that blew me away.  Seriously, the SDGS guys are top notch.

This gives me a lot to work with, but I am going to need some infantry and some other models if we are going to be able to have a decent death match.  I think that I can combine projects and meet the goals for each.  Lets start with those Shock Troopers.  I got these specifically to build up some NCR Rangers.   They look very close to the iconic picture from the front of Fallout: New Vegas.  TechCommander’s infantry rules are detailed enough that I could easily work them up and include them.  They would probably rely on tanks for vehicle support mostly.  The toy walker from the movie Avatar that I got on clearance will convert nicely to a large MSV and suit their retro-scifi style.  I also have an Imperial Hurricane walker from Warzone that never got finished that would suit them as well.  This gives me a bunch of infantry, an AC6 MSV and an AC3 MSV to add to the table.  The Starship Troopers models give me more infantry, and depending on the size, a few custom walkers that are probably AC2.  I also have a few 1/50 scale German WW2 tanks that are sitting around that I could stat up and toss in.

This gives me quite a haul.  I doubt I will be able to get all of it done, but killing two proverbial birds with one stone makes it easier to keep motivated.  I also have a sculpting project that I need to figure out, and I need to find time to do actual gaming.  I also intend to write some useful articles for Warlands for their Data Dump magazine and  for this blog as well.  Since I’m in on the ground floor with TechCommander, I would like to put up rules articles and build up the content for it.  Don’t be surprised if you see conversion articles for 40k and Starship Troopers in the near future.  TechCommander infantry work so much like the Mobile Infantry, it is just crying out for it.

OK, rambling accomplished. It’s time to get some actual work done.

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Pictures from the three demonstrations for Warlands that I ran at Charcon 2010.

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Just a couple pics showing my assembled sand surfers.  No paint on them yet, but I wanted to get a comparison shot with the interceptor and show the real size of these things.

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