Thursday, 16 February 2012

Kitbashes Part 2

As I mentioned in the last post I've snagged a bunch of el cheapo diecast toys recently from end of run sales at Toys R Us and Poundland (a UK version of a Dollar store, except with, y'know, pounds). Poundland had a run of very useful 6 wheeled APC's and dune buggy's, and a load of Tron Legacy toys all going for just £1 each. £10 got me a host of useful conversion fodder and 50 plastic shot glasses that come in useful for mixing paint, measuring out plaster, cleaning airgun nozzles and even drinking shots if you can't actually find anything constructive to do.

The first conversion is the Dune Buggy.

I've superglued the wheels in place and added some window protection in the form of some textured plasticard and fine mesh cut to size and superglued on. I've also added a spare grenade launcher to the roof from the very stylish and marvellously styled Khurasan Alien Light Scout Vehicle sculpted by the ubiquitous and talented Mr. John Bear Ross

The paint scheme is basic wasteland dirt over rust and primer pattern and was applied quickly and without a great deal of thought, but actually works quite well. I have some Rebel Minis Sahadeen on order and these vehicles are going to be the fast support for my Ash Wastes raider force.

A quick note on the backgrounds, I usually use a light box that I picked up for a song at Maplins (Radio Shack in the US) but my recent experiment with MiG pigments resulted in the dropcloth getting completely covered in rust pigment. Until I get around to cleaning it, my new light box is a couple of sheets of blue insulation foam I had earmarked for some terrain, hence the lines all over them.

The next kitbash is another quick and simple one to provide the Ash Waste Raiders with some heavy support. Flame Tanks!

I picked up a box of Armourfast PzIII G for a 20mm WW2 skirmish game that never got off the ground years ago. They've been sitting in the box for 2 or 3 years now and I was having a clear out when I rediscovered them. Fairly simple conversion here, I built the body from the box and added a small remote turret from a GW Tau shield generator and Heavy Flamer. A couple of sets of Tau Photon Grenade racks were added to each side as well. I had intended to run some sort of tubing or cables from these to the turret, but in the end left them as is.

The paint scheme is, again, wasteland dirt but I tried to at least give some impression of a camouflage scheme here. It's GW Foundation paints, Charadon Granite, Adeptus Battlegrey and Calthan Brown with Orkhide Shade for the sighting unit on top, I think. A fairly quick and simple conversion.


Chris said...

I'm jealous! You guys seem to have cooler cheapo toys at your Poundland stores than I find at the dollar stores on this side of the pond.

Chris said...

I agree with Chris; when you go to a Dollar Tree or similar store here in the states you find some stuff, but in general it's crap compared to the things you Brits get from Poundland.

Kobayachimaru said...

Great conversion.

J Womack, Esq. said...

On the other hand, a pound is worht what, $1.80 these days?

So of course its better stuff, Its more expensive.

GJD said...

Wait until you see the ones in part 3!

Paul said...

You beat me to it! I got one of these a couple of weeks ago in poundland, am half way through a similar conversion project. I've almost finished the 6-wheel APC - just needs replacement missile pods.

I hope mine comes out as well as yours have.

Samulus said...

I'm visiting the poundshop, these are really cool!