Friday, May 29, 2015
And here's the next in my series of Mad Max:Fury Road vehicles for our Car Wars gaming. This one is the classic V8 Interceptor, beaten to hell, that sees less than three minutes of screen time in the film.
If you want to have a good read about the history of the Interceptor, from the first film through to the latest, I recommend you check this Mad Max Wiki out.
Fortunately. Hot Wheels released a 1973 Ford XB Falcon as recently as 2012. They currently go for $3-5 singly on eBay, or can be found in batches of six from $10-20. I picked up a pack of six in this lovely orange. Over the coming months I'll convert a variety of versions of this most classic of cars : )
Anyway, I tried to hit the key elements used to change the stock XB into the Interceptor for the start of Fury Road.
The stowage is pretty specific, one of the two tanks from the start of Mad Max 2 is still present, the rest of the space filled with four different kinds of fuel-carrying receptacles nestled in a dirty tarp.
The front end was originally a nose cone addition that could be bought for the princely sum of $216 (back in 1979). By the time it makes it to Fury Road, it only has the top half.
I made a pair of slightly exaggerated exhausts, and a super-charger with air scoop for the hood. Yes, this one sits a lot higher than it does on the actual car, but it felt good when I was making it.
And here's the first part of the paintjob, I just have to track down my box of weathering powders to hit it (and the Stingray) with some wasteland dust.
I hope you like it : )
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Last week I received a surprise package from Blight Wheel Miniatures (a cool European outfit that I've mentioned a few times before). Laurent had sent me a copy of his brand new (currently-titled) Military Truck - a six-wheeled flatbed transporter that is based very much on the conversion I did many years ago. It was also sculpted by another friend of mine, which is very cool. I haven't had a chance to put it together (the painted version above is from the Blight Wheel blog post, here).
Laurent also sent me a couple of surprise pieces (seen below). Two sprues with torsos - all ten torsos in rough and ready armor plates with various icons of allegiance attached.
And a sprue of five heads on various helmets and mempo masks, with optional horns.
I couldn't resit putting at least one guy together, combining a head and torso from the batch with a set of arms and legs from Victoria Miniatures. Without the arms (above) to see the breastplate.
And with the arms to see it all ready to go.
He's finished off with a backpack and rebreather hose from Dragon Forge Design - I sculpted those backpacks!
I hope you like the potential of these kits - get out there and support your favorite manufacturers of cool stuff : )
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
Well, there has been a bit of a frenzy locally (and on my little corner of the Interwebz) over the awesomeness that was Mad Max: Fury Road! Although everything in it was great, the general hobby focus has been on converting more cars for games of Car Wars (or Dark Future, or Devils Run, etc etc). I have now spent roughly $80 in 20+ cars, some to become donor cars, others to be the heart of a conversion inspired by the excellent vehicles in the movie.
After my last conversion (seen here), I wanted something a little simpler, so I went for the Chevy Corvette Stingray here. I tracked it down on a cool site called LooseCars.com. I also picked up a few other pieces I needed there and there'll be more conversions to come. Although it appeared that there had been an issue with my order, everything was sorted out incredibly swiftly, and my cars arrived very rapidly.
I don't have any WIP shots of this one, as it all happened in one night of frenzied cutting, gluing, and puttying. The changes made to this one are:
• strip cut from the hood of the car and the side fenders (it was too tough to try and cut it out and leave the fenders intact, easier to cut all the way through)
• rear wheels replaced from donor car
• rear body lifted up to accommodate the wheels
• engine cut from donor car and jammed into open engine compartment
• exhausts cut from plastic rod, bet to shape, and glued in place
• small pieces of plasticard cut to fill the gap at the fenders
• brownstuff used to putty in the body shape and fill the newly angled gap at the rear of the side panel
• plasticard and brownstuff used to create seat bolted to trunk
• plasticard and plastic rod used to created drum-fed .50 cal machine gun
When it came time to paint the car, I was all ready to paint it in the polished steel look seen on so many of the MM:FR cars (including the photo at the top of this post that inspired the build) but when I took a look at a video about a lot of the cars, there were a few shots of this car in a "black primer over red" paint job, so I went with that instead.
And here is is next to my original car : )
I'm still uncertain about the paint scheme, so sound off in the comments section and let me know what you think! Which would you prefer to see - as is, or polished steel?
Thursday, May 14, 2015
I finished these guys off over the weekend, but have only just been able to squeeze them under the lights. I'm pretty happy with them. Nothing too special, apart from the glossy faceplates, and the princeps has a grey cloak to match the clothing of my older minis. With all his red armor, I really wanted to avoid an overload of red.
In other news, my order from LooseCars.com arrived today in great shape. These cars will make their way into my Mad Max: Fury Road conversion collection, but more on that later.