Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Vroom! Vroom! - A few of the larger beasts.
On the right of this photo you can see a cool, somewhat oddly shaped tow truck kind of thing. I'm guessing it's not a "real" truck, but rather a custom hot rod truck. When I saw it at a store, I just knew I wanted it for my first plough car (the cars that fire harpoons into the War Rig and then drop ploughs/anchors to help slow it down).
I added the harpoon gun I sculpted for Brigade Games (parts found HERE) and scratch built a frame to drop the plough from (similar to one of the cars in the movie). After returning from GenCon/vacation, I decided to up the size of the wheels, and add some crazy exhausts (again, from the Brigade Games parts).
To give it some larger wheels, I had to take it apart and in the end had five separate pieces to keep track of: The base (including axles and wheels), the plastic insert (including the front grille, engine, and back bed), the plastic windows, the body (with harpoon and pipes), and finally the plough/anchor and frame.
It was fun to keep track of it all as I painted each piece up and then assembled them. There's always that battle against the desire to glue the body to the chassis. I had to make sure I put the windows back in the cab before I got too far ahead of myself.
I have plans for two more plough cars : )
Above is the only pre-paint photo I have of Bigfoot - the monster truck belonging to Rictus Erectus. It's a fairly simple build, the toughest part was cutting away the rear section of the 1940 delivery van.
The paint job is quite a simple one, as Bigfoot is really just a polished metal body sitting on a monster truck chassis.
Getting this one done has me thinking more and more about my Gigahorse conversion. The only thing holding me up now is the nightmare of pipes that wind their way around the dual engines. Oh, and I might have found better wheels for it.