Sunday, 3 February 2013

1989 Batman Movie Batmobile

I've finished painting the die-cast Batmobile from the 1989 movie by  “Eaglemoss Collections”.  The Chevrolet Impala chassis and reinforced tyres were painted using several coats of “Coat d’arms” Black, whilst “Vallejo” Gunmental Grey was applied to the vehicle’s Veeblefetzer valve, turbine, afterburner, thrusters and wheel trims. These metallic areas were then treated to a wash of “Citadel” Badab Black. The front head Lamps of this “rocket engine on wheels” were picked out using “Citadel” Skull White and “Vallejo” Pale Grey wash and the tail light reflector assemblies were painted using “Vallejo” Heavy Red and Red Shade”.
 Priced at just £2.99, this official collector’s model is the first release by “Eaglemoss Collections” “Batman Automobilia” range of Batman vehicles, and should lead to me using a string of these special cars for my “7TV” games by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio”. The pre-release material I've been sent already hints at Joker's Wacky Car (from 1951) and some of Gotham Police Department's cars being future releases.

To prepare the 1:43 scale model for painting, I first removed it from its ‘unique collector’s case’ and 3D lenticular background by unscrewing two tiny screws that fixed it to its detailed “textured and hand-painted base’. Due to its weight I then screwed the vehicle onto a “Citadel” large oval base. I'd already flocked, painted, washed and treated this base to some static grass in order for it to fit in with the basing of my other models.
Designed by Anton Furst, the bodywork of the 1989 Movie version Batmobile was ‘reportedly given over seventy coats of black acrylic paint’. This ‘perfectly reproduced’ scale replica did not need quite so many, but it still took me several coats of water-based paint to get an even coverage. In addition one of the tail light reflectors was missing, so I had to replace that with a ‘close’ approximate using green stuff. The entire model was then treated to a coat of “Citadel” Gloss Varnish.

Currently the model is just being used as a piece of scenery, but once a few more models arrive that I can use, then I can't think of a better way of starting a game of "7TV" than with a car-chase as per the Vehicle rules in the core rulebook.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

"From This Moment On, None Of You Are Safe"

I’m still painting a load of 28mm plastic models from the “Heroclix” range by “Wizkids” for some ‘linked’
games of “TV” by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio” at my local club.
 My current intention is to try and capture Batman’s initial exploration of the cave system beneath Wayne Manor. Something along the lines of Frank Miller’s “Batman:Year One” but with a few differences; the most notable being the inclusion of Robin, the Boy Wonder.
 For the moment though we’re using pre-painted scenery from the Industrial Range made by “Tablescape” and using the “7TV” ruleset random generator to depict a series of clashes between the Caped Crusader and Edward Nigma.