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I'll start out by saying that Gaslands has quickly become one of my favorite miniatures games of all time. It has just about the lowest barrier to entry for a minis game ever, clocking in at a whopping $19 for the rule book at your local game store! From there, you just need some Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars (if you don't have any they are about $1 a pop), some d6, and print outs of the templates in the back of the book and you're ready to start! If you want some higher quality dice and templates, check out your local game store or Gaslands.com to find sellers. There are a ton of resources on the game's official website too, including free updates, printable templates, printable car dashboards for stat tracking, new Sponsors, and lots more.
Seeing all the amazing fan submitted cars for Gaslands in our feature last month, I really wanted to give customizing my own crew a go. So I settled on a theme and started building a three car team from there. Choosing a theme wasn't very hard. The moment I started playing I knew I wanted to make the entire cast of Hanna-Barbera's Wacky Races. And what better to start with than #00, The Mean Machine!
To see how creative I could be, I put a limitation on myself: I had to make my cars from whatever I got out of a $20 Hot Wheels pack with random cars. Unfortunately, I didn't get a car that screamed "Mean Machine" but I did find two cars with parts I could smash together, the Twin Mill and the Salt Shaker.
With a plan in mind, I got to modding. Because this was my first time modding Hot Wheels, I unfortunately was so single-minded in my work I forgot to take pictures (forgive me!). But here's a rough outline: 1. Drill the rivets on the bottom of the cars to take them apart. 2. Strip the paint from any pieces you wish to paint. 3. Drill or cut away any unwanted parts. 4. Primer the pieces. 5. Paint the interior pieces. 6. Glue the car back together. 7. Paint!
The one major piece of modding I did was using a Dremel to cut a rectangle out of the hood out of the Twin Mill to slap a rocket from the Salt Shaker into the empty space. I then used Green Stuff to fill in Dremel cuts and the gaps between the rocket and car. Then I snipped a toothpick and stuck it in the middle of the rocket to give it that signature Mean Machine point. A few major mistakes I made were bending the front wheels and needing to replace them, not supporting the rocket while the Green Stuff hardened because it drooped, and applying primer to inside areas when it wasn't necessary (this made the car not fully snap back together).
Despite those missteps, the end result came out better than I hoped! I really like the dirty paint job, the "gold" pieces that you can tell were hastily spray-painted on parts to make them look fancier, and the way the rocket engine looks like it was just welded into place by an amateur. You'll also notice that there are no visible weapons. Sticking to the theme, Dick Dastardly and Muttley use Nitrous to zoom ahead of the pack and then drop Mines, Glue Traps, and Oil Spills to foil the other racers! Come back next week and check out my next project: The Compact Pussycat!
Gettin' Mini with It: Nolzur's Marvelous Brush Set, P3 Paints from Privateer Press, and The Army Painter Project Paint Station
We could spend a thousand years just talking about types of paints, miniatures, and the miniature painting process as an art-form and hobby. In fact, we have several painters on our team. Rather than push you down an overwhelming rabbit hole all at once, I'd like to set you up with some great products that can help you get started on your painting adventure over the next few days!
Today we'll focus on paints and brushes!
We have discussed our passion for Privateer Press previously in regards to Warmachine: Hordes and we did a Let's Paint video for the "Circle Orboros" starter box. However, Privateer Press also makes a great line of P3 paints and brushes that you can find at your FLGS. They offer a variety of matte and metallic acrylics, washes, and primers to choose from. While not as exciting as all the pretty colors, don't forget to prime your miniature before you start applying paint or there won't be anything for the paint to stick to and you'll likely lose your precious work. With so many paints to choose from, it's hard to select your first set, but make sure you at least grab you primaries (red, blue, yellow) and white so that you can mix your own base coats and highlights. If you mix your paints on a damp paper towel (called a wet palette), it will preserve the paints longer and make the most of all the pots you purchase.
This brings us to brushes! The basics you'll need are a small detail brush, a slightly larger base-coat brush (which doesn't require as much precision), and a dry brush. Privateer Press makes some good brushes along with their P3 Paints and The Army Painter's brushes have really nice grips to help you steady and control your application. However, Nolzur's Marvelous Brush Set from Gale Force Nine should not be overlooked because they sell all three of your basic brushes in one package!
If you're ready to make an investment in a really great set of acrylic paints, washes, and effects paints, then the Mega Paint Set from The Army Painter is a great option. It comes with a stand to array all of your paints on your craft table as well as one of their triangular gripped brushes. When you're ready to truly expand your primary colors into a spectrum of possibilities, this is 100% a great set to acquire with one of the most recommended detail brushes on the market.
What are your favorite paints and brushes to use?
I've done it again. I've got my eyes on another expensive, time intensive hobby and I don't care who knows it! What's next, you may ask? Warmachine: Hordes by Privateer Press! I have a friend who has been wanting to play for a while and as I get more interested in miniature painting, the challenge of building and customizing an army tantalizes and delights me.
Privateer Press does make it easy to start your Hordes journey with a Starter Box for each army. My friends have already selected the Trollbloods and Circle Orboros Battlegroups. At first I was kind of sad because "Druid" is my aesthetic and the Circle seemed like the best way to live that dream. However, "Winter Elf Witch" is a close second, so as soon as I saw the edritch-infused-drow-esque-matriarchal-horror of the Legion of Everblight, I was ALL IN.
The Starter Box is on its way, but I'm incapable of doing things by halves, so of course, now I'm building plans for whole potential army. That's when I found my new best boi: Proteus. Look at this horned squid face!
Let's get to know him shall we?
The Battle College Wiki has a log of great Warmachine info and you can read more about Proteus' abilities and features here. This is just one of those minis I loved so much that I had to figure out a way to field him even if it meant building an army for two separate warlocks in the same faction.
As a total noob to this hobby, one thing I'm learning is that your Warlock (which is like your controlling general) sometimes gives bonuses or boosts to certain creature types or abilities, so if I wanted to build out more warbeasts like Proteus, I may want to build my army around Absylonia as my Warlock because she gives them extra abilities. Lore-wise, it seems like her experimentations have caused her to start to transform into a sort of demonic/beast like entity herself.
Conversely, Kryssa, who comes in the starter box I've ordered is a great entry point Warlock for the game because her spells are simple but effective and it seems, from what I've read, that she is very mobile and has powers that focus on speed and mobility for her army. Absylonia on the other hand has a huge focus on Warbeasts like Proteus in both of her two forms which each have slightly different bonuses and abilities. You can buy and use either one for your army.
I'm not sure which I will go with, but over all it looks like I'll be building an army I can adjust for Nyssa or Absylonia depending on my opponent. Plus, let's face it - I just want to paint all the things!
Are you a Warmachine: Hordes Addict? We're looking for your best advice for newbies! Let us know your tips in the comments.
Here's Josh with a quick unboxing of the upcoming game Company of Iron, from Privateer Press. It is a squad-based skirmish game for two players that uses the core rules of Warmachine and Hordes, but streamlines it for more casual, narrative based gameplay.
2 Players | 30-60 Min Playtime | $74.99 MSRP