Thursday, July 9, 2015

Vroom! Vroom! - Vehicle Conversion Parts are now available!!!

Shortly after we started messing around with Car Wars (and I went off on my Fury Road tangent), I was contacted by Lon Weiss from Brigade Games. He asked me to sculpt up a bunch of weapon and armor options for folks to add to their Hot Wheels/Matchbox cars. I was quite excited about it all, as you can imagine : )


Well, the first shots of the sprue arrived on my doorstep the other day. I was quite excited to get them out and onto the workbench. Above you can see the weapons (and weapons-related) sprues. I tried to go for a nice mix of weapons based on both the Car Wars options and a few that would allow/encourage an homage to the Mad Max films. I didn't want to go exclusively "Mad Max" in the look of the weapons, but wanted a heavy "Deathrace" vibe too.

From left to right, top to bottom, we have:

• 3 mini-gun style weapons with drum magazines.
• 3 .50 cal style machine guns with belt-feed ammo boxes.
• 4 rockets and 1 paint/oil sprayer.
• 2 flamethrowers and 1 arrow-launcher (based on Mad Max 2/Road Warrior).
• 7 yokes - these can be attached to any part of a car/truck and accept any of the weapons.
• 1 harpoon launcher, 1 laser gun, 1 sonic gun, and 1 mine dropper.
• 1 two-weapon turret and 2 one-weapon turrets - these accept any of the weapons.


And here are the armor and accessory sprues. Again, there's not a complete "Mad Max" feel, but a blend with "Deathrace" and other movies of the genre.

From left to right, top to bottom, we have:

• 4 wheel armor plates and 1 hood/roof plate.
• 6 armor plates plates - 4 designed for the sides and side windows, 2 designed for the windscreen.
• 4 larger armor plates - for where ever you'd like.
• 2 pairs of exhausts and 1 supercharger.
• 2 heavy ramplates.
• 2 light ramplates and 2 pieces of heavy rear armor plating.
• The Interceptor kit: stowage, exhausts, nose cone, supercharger - these can be used to make your very own "last of the V8 Interceptors" (as seen at the start of MM:FR).

You can pick and choose the sprues you want direct from the Brigade Games webstore.

Here are a couple of pursuit cars I made up yesterday from the parts. The first is my conversion of the PT Cruiser sent to me by my friend Nathan. Yes, it used to look just like my real-life car.


Parts used: flamethrower, twin-pipe exhausts, side armor plates, light ramplate, and stowage.





The second car I HAD to make was the re-fitted version of Max's Interceptor ridden by War Boys from MM:FR.


I used the parts from the Interceptor kit (except the stowage), added a second supercharger on top of the first, glued the mine dropper under the rear and puttied it in as a fuel tank, and then added the arrow launcher to the rear. The launcher doesn't look exactly like the one used in Fury Road, but I like the look and the nostalgic connection to MM2. I added a strip of plasticard to the underside of the nose cone, and sculpted a tiny skull atop the superchargers : )





And finally a look back at the MM:FR Interceptor you can make from the Brigade Games kit (plus a Ford XB Falcon from Hot Wheels).

Cheers
Dave

25 comments:

  1. So cool, Dave! Thanks for doing these. Now I'm going to have to convert my Honda Element.

    WITNESS ME!

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    1. WITNESS!

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    1. Thanks mate. There's nothing like the joy of hacking apart a toy car that cost a few bucks ; )

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  3. Want! oh wait...hot wheels. I actually WANT in 28mm scale!

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    1. There are already quite a few 28mm versions of a number of these weapons, but was there something in particular you were after, Tim? : )

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    2. Yeah, engines, air blowers, exhaust pipes and so on. That's what I need.

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    3. Are you working on 1/56th or 1/48th scale cars? There are some things that are easier to fudge (like superchargers or engines) on the 1/64th scale.

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    4. I'm working with 1/43rd scale actually. Its really good for 40k scale minis. I've been combing ebay for ork engines but they're expensive and few.

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  4. Amazing stuff!
    might have to pick up a pack or two of these as a change from converting overpriced 1:43 cars!

    Loving the Razor cola (war boys interceptor) can't wait to see it painted up!
    Making me want to attempt a 28mm version so bad!

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    1. For a dollar or three per car, you can fall down the rabbit-hole pretty quickly. And thanks for the reminder on the name for the "silver interceptor". I'll try to get her done soon.

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  5. Must resist, must resist, must resist...

    Great work Dave :)

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    1. No need to resist. I hear it's quite futile ; )

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  6. Freaking brilliant.

    Where were these ten years ago?!?!?!

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    1. Thanks Mik! Not sure where they were.

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  7. Just ordered a bunch and I can't wait to get them into my teeny tiny machine shop!

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    1. Thanks : ) Teeny, tiny machine shops are the best!

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  8. Awesome sauce, Dave! Thanks for making an Interceptor kit also... been racking my brain as to how to do that front/nose bit. Already placed my order. :)

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    1. Thanks for that! The nose cone works as is for MM2 and the start of FR. With a little work it's an excellent basis for the interceptor nose cone for MM1 and later in FR.

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  9. Brilliant! What an absolutely smashing idea that is!

    Now...I wonder how one would go about pimping a 2014 White Fiat Panda?

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    1. Not sure on that one, but it'd have to include very large wheels ; )

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  10. Too bad the PT Cruiser is FWD...

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    1. Perhaps it's just the body dropped on a different chassis. The mechanics in Fury Road were pretty keen on that sort of thing ; )

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