Thursday, 26 January 2017

"They Got My Blood, Now Its My Car!"

"So I exist in this wasteland... A man, reduced to a single instinct: Survive."
This 1/55th Scale Mgebrov Single-Turret Armoured Car can be bought from "Coppletone Castings" as code K53 and is actually produced by "The Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Company". Designed and sold to compliment the manufacturer's "Back Of Beyond " range of miniatures, I actually purchased the resin model in order to use it as a rusty 'steampunk' version of Mad Max's famous Interceptor for my fledgling "Mad Max: Fury Road" project.

Unsurprisingly the kit, also available from "North Star Military Figures", is supplied unpainted and unassembled, and actually proved somewhat cumbersome to put together as a result if it arriving with no instructions. This omission was eventually overcome largely thanks to a picture of the vehicle on the "Copplestone Castings" website, and a bit of drilling (so as to accommodate the metal wheels).
"That's mine!"
In addition to the model, I also separately prepared a "Games Workshop" 120mm x 92mm oval base for it to sit upon, by marking out the position of its wheels and gritting around them. The base was then primed with "Citadel" Chaos Black, and dry-brushed first with Doombull Brown and then Rakarth Flesh. As a last step I washed the stand with "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and left it to dry...

The 'Interceptor' itself was initially primed with two coats of "Citadel" Chaos Black and subsequently dry-brushed with "Vallejo" Heavy Charcoal. I then 'picked out' it's turret weapon and wheels with Ironbreaker, and heavily washed with the entire vehicle with "Citadel" Nuln Oil.
'The Interceptor' - Accompanied by Mad Max and Imperator Furiosa
With the car's basic layers finished, I then took some "Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash, and having shaken the bottle vigorously, simply administered the particle-charged solution over the majority of the model using a "medium sized round soft paintbrush". Once this had thoroughly dried, and the bottle's contents had been given time to settle to the bottom, I roughly dappled a far more sediment-filled brush over all the seams, rivets and bolts. This technique really seemed to help build up some thick rust in the deeper recesses of the vehicle.

As I wanted the automobile to appear somewhat well-cared for, despite its post-apocalyptic environment, I decided to 'clean' the car up a bit by dry-brushing certain areas with more "Citadel" Abaddon Black. In addition to this, I tidied up the wheels, weapon, and painted the headlight with a combination of "Vallejo" White and "Citadel" Nuln Oil.
"The Horns Of Nimon" WIPs - The intergalactic locusts are slowly being base-coated and tidied up
Having fixed the vehicle to its 'finished' base (as the car's clearance was so low as to make painting its stand impossible otherwise) I shook my bottle of "Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash once again and applied the 'watery' solution over the edges of my recent dry-brushing, so as to tone down its starkness. The 'Interceptor' was then gloss varnished.

Alongside my latest submission to the Seventh Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge I have started work on another batch of “Doctor Who” miniatures by "Black Tree Design”. I've already painted up five Nimon from the December 1979 BBC Television story “The Horns Of Nimon” this month. But having found more of the bull-headed 'intergalactic locusts' buried amidst my ample lead mountain I thought I'd give them some additional reinforcements with which to bring down the gullible Skonnan Empire...

28 comments:

  1. You've got to love that car Simon, it's really good. but why the green grass on the bases?

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    1. Thanks Andy. The green grass is so I can field them with other models; as except for cold models, I base them all the same. That way when I do my BatReps they all appear similar-ish.

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  2. It's a good looking interceptor!

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  3. Really nice job on your interceptor, fits in well with the Max figure. The Nimon are looking good

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    1. Thanks very much indeed, Dave. The Nimon went down very well last time, so it seemed silly not to finish off the remaining models, and then I'll have enough for a good BatRep or two.

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  4. As mentioned before the gloss makes it look wet and I think improves the rust. (yes I know Glos varnish is like Marmite, but when it works it works well!)

    I will end saying an excellent vehicle one I would be more than happy to own myself.

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    1. Cheers Clint. Your comments both here and on the AHPC are much appreciated. Glad you like the gloss :-)

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  5. The car looks ace. It fits in with the two figures really well.

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    1. Thanks Roy. I certainly think so too!!

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  6. The vehicle has turned out well and I'm so glad you included a couple of photos of Max and Furiosa alongside it. Oh, and I totally get why you based it this way. It's to fit in with how you base all of your figures. I'd the same thing myself.

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    1. Cheers, Bryan as I thought you'd like the 'group shot'. Spot on as to why I base my minis all the same :-)

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  7. So good Simon, a wonderfully imaginative solution to the interceptor.

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  8. Good looking vehicle,; it does fit in well with the road-wars style of Max too despite its origins.

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    1. Thanks Joe. I certainly think so, especially with the rusty rivets everywhere.

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  9. That is very good, and fits in well with the concept behind the Mad Max films, though perhaps for total authenticity you should have added a "Blower" coming out of the hood ;-).

    "The last of the V8 armoured cars, piece of history you got here mate!, would have been a shame to blow it up".

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. I know you were a little unconvinced when I first posted up the car - to be honest so was I!!

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  10. Excellent, Very well done Simon. :)

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  11. That alt-Interceptor finished up just lovely mate. Looking forward to seeing it used ingame. (Could even use it in some sort of modified K47 scenario too eh?)

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    1. Cheers Dai. Indeed you could if you wanted :-)

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  12. The interceptor has turned out really well, Simon and you,ve got to love those Nimon. I mean, who doesn't love Disco Minotaur...?

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    1. Thanks Jez. I'm very happy with the 'Interceptor', and as you say, I couldn't resist painting up some more Nimon when I found them.

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  13. Your armoured car looks cracking. A tough nut for the Warboys to crack :) Does it have a V8? Your Whovian reinforcements are progressing nicely as well :)

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    1. Cheers Simon. I've really enjoyed this month's "Mad Max" project. Must do another one some time ;-)

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