Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Dark Future Interceptor

As mentioned in an earlier post, I have recently rediscovered Games Workshop's old game of wasteland automotive combat, "Dark Future". I remember this game being a lot of fun and was surprised to find out that it still had a good-sized following and a fan base that had produced numerous homebrew expansions and new rules for the game. In preparation for playing the game, I decided to begin by tinkering with some Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars to see what I could come up with. The first vehicle was a converted Porsche Carera.

I started out by trying to cut armored plates to cover the windows of the toy car but found that trying to cut such small pieces to such an exact measurement was beyond me. I then decided that I would turn to putty for the window coverings.

Initially I wanted to sculpt on some solid plates but this seemed like it would make an otherwise sporty little car look a bit clunky so I decided to sculpt on some battered louvers on the front wind screen and then some mesh covers for the side windows. I added a huge air scoop to the top of the car and then sculpted a screen covering over the intake.

The screen is okay, though I'm not overly satisfied with it and will have to look into better ways to achieve the effect. The scoop looks a bit silly, but the game is silly so I'm not sweating it. I finished off the car's design by turning the original headlights into gun wells using more putty and some bits of wire.

How does the driver of this interceptor function with his windows so well-covered and no headlights? Well, I just figured the driver had invest in several infrared capable micro-cameras which he has built into the body of the car, giving him perfect visibility day and night. Works for me.

Hope you enjoy,



  1. Cool. That's looking rather Mad Max-like. Hey, does anybody make a Mad max mini with dog? Anyway, nice conversion.

    P.S. You have one of the better hobby blog names.

  2. Thank you for your kind words. I am not sure if anyone makes a man and his dog figure, but I do know that there are plenty of leather jacket clad apocolyptic warriors and a 15mm dog might work for a smaller 20mm dog.

    If I may ask, in the interest of quality control, what it is you find appealing about my blog?



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