Monday, August 17, 2015

New* Wrecked Post-Apocalypse Cars painted up

I dragged out an old Marx Cars of the Future from a few years back and made a mold this weekend. It got a new windshield sculpted on beforehand. As soon as it came out of the mold, my son grabbed it and started zooming around the house with it. Luckily I had some resin on hand and cast a few more up so dad can play with toys too!

For folks who weren't lucky enough to pick these up when they were on ebay at $10 for four cars, I'm sorry. They are a cool addition to any post apoc table. I wanted more though, and don't want to pay the $50 price tag they go for these days (if you can find them!). So I found the terrain at the club that sheltered this beauty and ripped it right off the base. 

That is okay though! The old one was painted up really fast for a tournament we host, and it looked like crap. Now it will be replaced by some nicely painted wrecks like this one.

I painted up the base color first, then the windows and seats, then the bumpers and tail lights. Then the rust got splorched on with a piece of sponge. First Rhinox Hide ( a really dark brown), and then some Trollslayer Orange got mixed into the palette. A combo of those colors was used to line and add rust drips. Then the brighest orange was applied splotchily in places.

After all that was dry, a bit of black lining where necessary and a light wash of Agrarardexeasx Earthshade in the crevices and for another layer of weathering.

The Iron Snakes know that the best place to look for radioactive gum and gas masks is in the glove box of old convertibles!

Now I gotta go find the rest of those cars and make another mold or two. I want a proper parking lot, damn it!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Iron Snakes Tribals, all painted up!

I had a chance to play two games of This is Not a Test last Saturday at our club BBQ and games day. I was feeling pretty good going in, but if I only could have known the tragedy set to befall my tiny plastic men.

After the two games, my warband was sorely depleted. Despite their grin and win attitude and successfully driving of the Dead Judge's men, whose vendetta isn't truly understood by the Iron Snakes (I think it has something to do with eating his hand? It was a long time ago), a number of prominent members of the band were left lying in the dirt.

The tribal champion, Strife, redeemed his lost honor by striking down an enemy heavy with his two-handed axe, but died tragically in a hail of rifle fire. 

Boner and Lizmajic, brave warriors both, were blasted by a plasma caster. Boner was liquefied, and soon thereafter Lizmajic suffered a great deal of damage and has a long recovery ahead of him. The longest there can be: 3 games. 

Milk, a tribal with a rifle who had distinguished himself in battle many times despite his weak stature and terrible marksmanship, died in an ambush by outlaw Preservers. 

And that isn't even taking into account the previous death toll: Hulk the Berserker, and J Man the Scout. The Iron Snakes lead the pack in warband deaths by a considerable margin. I'd really rather not be winning in that metric!

But hey, at least I got some power armor, right? Now I can use that fig. Never mind that most of the rest of the figures shown are dead. :-)

Monday, August 3, 2015

Iron Snakes Tribal War Band for This is Not a Test, wip

I've had a few evenings here and there to make some more progress on the band. First up is a family portrait of everyone in the war band after the second game. 

From left to right, Lizmagick, Zephyr, Haus, Milk, *mumbleforgot*, Boner, Strife, Gozer, and 5Pointz.

This is my recently deceased Berserker, and a fig I worked up just in case I got extremely lucky and picked up some power armor. 

The far right fig was my colors test, and ended up more gray than I'd prefer. I went with a lighter slightly more "alive" skin tone for the rest of the models. I haven't gone back and added color to him. Maybe he ate some bad shellfish before the battle?

I'm having a lot of fun painting these up and playing them so far!