Monday, February 4, 2013

Car Wars Update #3

Enter the Demon!

  The Dodge Demon, that is. My 14-year-old, Dane, owns a '74 Dodge Dart that we are in the process of turning into a cool black street machine. So naturally, he wanted something similar for his Car Wars car. The closest we could easily get was this '71 Dodge Demon. Ultra-simple job, I just painted the turreted Vulcan MG to match the red and white of the car itself. Then instead of a matte finish, I sealed it with gloss, brushed on, let that dry, and glued it to the roof. Done.

Front quarter view.

Profile shot. Sweet, right?

   I have gone a bit daft over this project. Right now, I have the following Hot Wheels cars sitting in their packaging, waiting to be turned into lethal arena duelists or highway warriors:
  • 2001 Saleen S7
  • 1964 Custom Ford Galaxie 500
  • 2011 Ford GT
  • 1968 Chevy Copo Camaro
  • 2012 "Scoopa di Fuego"
  • 1966 Ford 427 Fairlane
  • 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500
  • 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR
  • 1961 Chevy Impala
  • 1968 Chevy El Camino SS (Thinking of putting a cupola in the bed.)
  • 1968 Chevy El Camino "Shark Patrol"
  • 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge
  • 1970 Chevelle SS Wagon (Yes, a station wagon. It is getting a "tailgunner.")
  • 2012 "Fast Gassin" tanker truck.

   I am using the really wonderful Road Warrior accessories from Stan Johansen Miniatures to jazz up the cars, plus some plastic rod. I need to get some more pieces from him, come to think of it - especially rockets. I will probably pick up a biker gang at Historicon, too.

  I also need to get some additional bases from Litko, so I need to order them. These will be 1.5" squares used for mine and spike counters, debris counters, etc. I can use them for the bikes, too. And some 3/4" squares for pedestrians. Who makes good 20mm near future pedestrians? Stan has some armed ones, I may use those.


tikiphantom said...

Stan Johansen are the best. Dark Future has figures but you'll have to look on E-bay for them.

Barrel Jumper said...

Car Wars rocks. How is the car attached to the base? Glue the wheels permanently?

Any tips for a newbie converting his first few HWs this summer?


J Womack, Esq. said...

I glued them permanently to the base.

I used a 3"x 1 1/2" base, 3mm thick, by Litko. Use regular Car Wars rules, but triple all the ranges and scale.