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During a recent walk through the toy aisle I noticed something bizarre.  Hotwheels new 2012 models include a car that has been hollowed out and had the cockpit and engine replaced by a crazy looking motorcycle.  It was a completely unrealistic toy that used two different scales on the same model.   Something in the back of my head made me look closer.  Unlike most Hotwheels cars, this one was modeled with a driver.  It occurred to me that maybe I could turn the middle part into a bike for Warlands.  I was strapped for time, so I tossed two into my buggy and went on about my business.

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I’ve been working on other things for a while, but as indicated by the name of this blog, my real love in gaming is spaceships.  It is unfortunately a niche and hard to get players for, but aside from my unnatural lust for things that go whoosh in a vacuum, space combat has a lot going for it.  One of the biggest things is that it is cheap to get into.  It’s easy to take an interesting shape, glue greebles all over it and call it a done.  They paint up very well using easy dry-brush techniques.  The majority of space combat games have a construction system which allows you to field your creations legitimately.  A good example of this is a recent purchase, Firestorm Armada.  It looks to be a solid system, it is well supported and the miniatures are brilliant.  I’ll be talking more about it later.

The reason I brought all this up is to introduce today’s gaming finds.  The first is a pool toy that was on clearance at a local Big Lots store.  Each package contains 4 heavy cruiser sized squid torpedoes.  For $1.25 a package, it’s a cheap start to a fleet.  There are downsides, however.  the plastic they are made of is soft and rubbery.  I have had problems in the past with similar plastic not reacting well to spray primer causing it to be permanently sticky, even after being left to dry for a month and subsequently covered in acrylic.  What I do with them will depend largely on how easy they are to work with.

My first thought was to add a number of small drop shaped details all over the hull in the same manner as Mon Calamari ships from Star Wars, or Aquans from Firestorm Armada.  The other option, which I may take if the plastic is hard to work with is to do all the details in paint.  I’ll keep you posted, but it might take a bit.  Have to work through my project queue a bit.  I have a gimungus Dindrenzi fleet that I need to work through and a bit of a backlog of pictures of other projects to get posted.

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