We just finished the first of what will hopefully be two war rig builds for Gaslands (paid link), the game of post-apocalyptic vehicular combat, created by Mike Hutchinson and published by Osprey Wargames (paid link).
Like a lot of kit-bashing projects, this build began by selecting a suitable foundation, in this case a cheap 1:64 scale semi-trailer truck, and then taking a deep dive into the bits box for inspiration.
For the requisite armor plating, we used several Gaslands-specific resin pieces made by third-party vendors. Then we ran sections of cheap aluminum cooking sheet through a metal tube squeezer to make corrugated shielding for the war rig’s cargo container.
Our Gaslands semi-trailer is armed with heavy machine guns fore and aft, courtesy of some Tehnolog (paid link) 15mm tank sprues, along with twin side-mounted mini guns, which came from All Quiet on the Martian Front (paid link) plastic steam tanks.
The war rig’s substantial front ram was liberated from an unbuilt Robogear Demolisher kit, while the various skull emblems were scavenged from some old Games Workship chaos warrior sprues from 20 years ago. A squad of 1:72 scale German WWII desert soldiers was recruited to form the crew.
Once the various parts were selected and a plan was formed, the actual war rig construction was pretty straightforward. The only serious engineering challenge was figuring out how to gently press the aluminum corrugated armor onto the cargo container so that the epoxy could set overnight. Fortunately rubber bands, wooden clothes pins and the weight of two medium wrenches did the trick.
Painting our Gaslands war rig was a quick and easy process, mostly involving spray-can metallics and rust colors, accented with a little brush work. It was remarkably fast and produced what we think is a satisfying wasteland vibe.
As to our second Gaslands war rig, that project is currently just pile of disparate and broken parts on the work table, so the jury is still out on whether it will be completed in a timely manner. Hopefully the Gods of Carnage will shine upon us and it will be on the road soon. Stay tuned.