Monday, 18 December 2017

Gaslands(1) - The First Vehicles

I recently picked up Gaslands the new Post Apocalyptic style Car racing/combat game from Osprey. Funnily enough my friend and I had started planning a similar themed game using X-Wing style movement templates some time ago, but never got beyond the planning stage. So it was a pleasant surprise to see someone else had been working on the same principles.

Having now played a few test games and a couple of games at the club, I have got to say that I am loving Gaslands, fast play, reasonably simple, easily modded and most importantly great fun. It is scaled for Matchbox/Hot Wheels type vehicles but can be scaled up or down to suit your miniatures.

Fortunately I still had a big box of Matchbox cars from my youth which had been passed around the family and now back with my son - who has little to no interest in them, so I have re-claimed them.

I have seen a lot of tutorials recently with regards to converting your vehicle to make it more suitably Post Apocalyptic, many of which involve drilling out the rivets, stripping the original paint work etc. This seemed far to involved for me, so I came up with my own simple method.

1. Stick suitable bits from your spares all over vehicle

2. Spray Black

3. Dry brush - gun metal

4. Paint base colour
5. Dry brush - rust
6. Dry brush - dirt
7. Wash
8. Weather it some more

So onto the cars I have done so far, for parts I have used literally anything I deemed suitable, the Nitro booster on this one for EG is a glue bottle applicator:

That was my first test run, so I quickly moved on to this one:

which was soon joined by this Red one:

Giving me three so far:

I needed a more classic "Road Warrior" style car so I built this one up(the gun is a drive shaft from a WW2 truck)

At this point the crew pack I ordered from Ramshackle(more in the next post) had arrived so I tested one out in this one:

I am finding modding the cars and painting them up very satisfying, and have a good few in the works, more on which next time.

Monday, 11 December 2017

15mm Fantasy(III) - Here be Dragons (and some scenery)

I'm taking a small break from my Dragon Rampant warbands to make a start on some fantasy specific scenery and as the laser-cut MDF revolution hasn't gotten round to 15mm Fantasy scenery as yet, its mainly costly resin that I have been acquiring.

But before I get to the smattering of scenery I have done so far, this seems a good a post as any to show a couple of dragons I recently finished, one will be for my undead Warband (I'll let you guess which one) and the other was done with no particular warband in mind - I just wanted to paint up a traditional dragon:

And the other one:

Both Dragon miniatures are from Reaper and marketed as 28mm.

Next, the few pieces of resin scenery I have done so far:

which is an Orc/Goblin shrine from Alternative Armies.

The smallest hovel in Alternative Armies fantasy buildings range(I have most of the others and I must say they are fantastic buildings)

A re-purposed GW Warmaster(10mm) bridge.

A Fenris Miniatures (28mm) standing stone left over from a different project.

The next couple of pieces are both from the aquarium section of the local Pet shop (and cost a fraction of price of actual wargaming stuff):

a few small scenic pieces(from Alternative Armies), the pile of treasure will be used as a counter in one of the Dragon Rampant scenarios and the skulls will make the Aquarium temple a bit more undeady!

This next piece is my first ever purchase of 3D printed scenery - The Winterdale War Tower, I am really happy with it, its a great size and didn't cost the earth, my only minor quibble is the visible striations but on this particular piece with it being predominately stonework its not a deal breaker:

Finally a couple of pics of some of the stuff together to give an idea of relative size:

Still no progress on my Blood bowl Halfling team, but the lead pile has still gone down so that's one thing at least.