Tuesday, 25 February 2014


Crummy iPhone photo of the Vespulids I painted recently. Lovely Khurasan minis, actually easier to paint than I anticipated!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Crashed Cruiser

Here is what I did with that spare Tron Grid Limo from the last post.  A crashed police cruiser. Something I imagine would be fairly common in an anarchic cyberpunk city. It sure was in our old RPG sessions of Cyberpunk/Shadowrun, where any use of vehicles quickly turned into a scene from the Blues Brothers.

Once again, pics cribbed from Instagram. I apologize for the lousy image quality. But to paraphrase a great sequel:

Man calls down into pit:
"Boys, I got good news and bad news, what do you want first?"

 "The bad news?"

"There's nothing to post but stuff from the instagram backlog."

           "Uh.. So what's the good news?"


(Shovel-full of instagram photos thrown in face)

Thanks for looking! 
Reap the whirlwind

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Hotwheels Repainted for 15mm Sci Fi

I picked all these up at the supermarket here and there. Hotwheels scale OK with 15mm figures, but are a little on the large side if you stop to think about it. As I'm mainly intending these as city cover terrain it didn't bother me too much. I do intend to order some resin hover cars from Khurasan and 15mm.co.uk when I get back to England later in the year.
All I did with these was glue the axles then undercoat with a large brush and old Citadel Codex Grey. Then it was just painting and highlighting as normal, then using washes painted into the cracks (not over the whole model) to weather.

Racing truck, just repainted

Fire Engine with ladder removed

Racer with stowage glued on

VW Van with surfboards snipped off, replaced with rockets

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

LED lit Police Cruiser

Over the last few months I have been teaching myself how to mod old Gameboys. I am now capable of basic soldering, and have a bunch of LED's, switches and batteries lying around... Hmmm.

Taking a look at my bits box, I retrieved one of two die-cast "Grid Limo" toys from the latest Tron movie. I think I got them in Poundland last year for a pound each.

Luckily, these toys are held together with screws, not rivets. this means they can be taken apart and reassembled easily.

Crude wiring

A little bit of fiddling around and I managed to get an LED poking out of the center of the underside. The switch went in a wheel-hole and the battery in the main body. I used insulating tape to make double sure I didn't get a short from the car body, and screwed it all back together.

All finished!
After all that was finished and the light was working, I painted the outside. Plain black and white looked really boring, so some weathering was done with brown wash painted judiciously on around the seams. This still want enough for my liking, so I tried some sponge-chipping. This is a popular technique where you use a sponge (I used a piece of clump foliage, as I haven't bought a blister pack since 1998) to dab on irregular patterns of paint. Kept it fairly minimal and on the edges of the vehicle where I imagined it might get the most wear. Overdoing it would have ruined the working cop look I was after.

The P7 is freehand. It's not as precise looking a s a decal, but I don't enjoy messing about with decals and the price was right. You also can't run out of freehand if you need to do another one.

Total cost was One Pound for the toy, another 2 pounds for the LED assembly I cannibalized (from Ikea) an hour or so soldering and messing around with the internals, about an hour of painting.

PS-The two police on the roof are of course, 15mm figures from Khurasan.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The Restaurant that just won't quit

Mostly painted up now, I just have the sign to sort out and a new front door (not happy with the one pictured) and she'll be done at last. 

You may have noticed I've hacked the corners off the pavement. This was inspired by Mr. Harold's basing recently and it makes a huge difference in terms of "SF-ness. I spent an afternoon laboriously chopping the corners off my whole city collection, but it was well worth it.

So much work has been done on the city blocks, that I'm looking forward to wrapping it up and getting some figures started.