Thursday, 31 March 2016

Zombicide cars

Last week I machined out the crown vic cruiser and some variant top lights

First 2mm finishing pass, 1mm, 0.64mm passes to go

The Crown vic came out nicely.

I machined out the mirrors and a V shaped light boom. The mirror where tiny really tiny like 1mm x 3mm for the challenger so I took some artistic licence I trimmed down stalk so the mirror sits almost on the door them puttied it in its a small change you can't really tell unless you a super buff but it means they be cast with the body and should be allot stronger. The crown Vic mirrors also need so reworking since I broke my smallest bit I couldn't quite machine the slot to the right dimensions on the body. It was a PITA to file them down given my fingers were 5x larger than the piece i was holding but I got there in the end.

Lastly the light bar didn't sit right it was too far back and too skinny and appeared under scale (although it was perfectly scaled in CAD but miniature means you have to interpret what looks right). But that's the good thing about making your own stuff I had another go. 

Left to right:Taxi Boom, Arrow Lights, Light boom

Above is my improved version. I took the time to do some google research into real lights. I also decided add some variants options. So we have the Taxi cab advertising boom, proper looking arrow styled lights and the Boom light that I want to used on a 'sheriffs' version.

I did want to get out some fancy shots of the cars together and base coated but typically kids bought home something plague like for Easter that's knocked me out. I did get the CDC jeep painted looks brilliant and that'll be my next post once I set up the studio.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Zombicide Challenger progress

This is the 1st version it ending up being scrapped it because the roughing cutter was damaged so it left tool marks in the body. So i did it all again and this time make some edits to make life easier like deeper panel lines door groove and matching the head lights on there own. I don't have experience on making stuff on this scale things that look right in 3D end up too small fine on the model  almost have to make it comical size for it too look right. But its a great learning curve.

Then I did the wheels simple design since I wanted them to work for both cars. The only real design flare is they have sag/bulge on the side facing the road to impart a feeling of weight.

And a quick snap of WIP first time fitting everything (horrid colour clash I know; salmon pink and teal). The grey you see is Mr surfacer sandable filler/primer. The whole car gets a coat. It fills in any low spots/scratchs/toolmarks and i can buff it off with 1000grit and not have to work the model risk loosing its shape. Makes it looks like carp but feels smooth and with a coat of primer it'll be perfect. But I haven't glued the wheels on yet because they have just be cut off the spru to take this picture.

Those with a keen eye can see but the cutting mat the car is about 9.5cm long which is a measurement taken from the Zombicide car cards.

I think this one is pretty much there just needs a wipe down of the body and the wheels need a quick once over before gluing into place. But that can wait till I've started the police car machining which then leaves the final spru with all the small details mirrors and police lights.

I also have a few spare hunchbacks left over from my last casting run if any is interested in them email;

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Zombicide - scale cars

I needed something different from mechwarrior for a bit.

I picked up the Zombicide board game seemed like good value for 70 figures, tiles and the game itself. The wife likes walking dead and the rules are straight forward enough for a non table top player to enjoy and its co-op so no table flipping .

Only thing missing imo was terrain and cars. I'll put aside any ideas about terrain for now. But I really wanted some scaled cars the thing is no one seems to makes cars in 32mm size other than Airfix's small range of army vehicles

Airfix make this A06301 British Forces Land Rover Twin 1:48
(google image/not mine)

Which is bang on but this is the most civilian looking of the range so I have bought that. I wanted the cop car and the 'pimp' mobile.

Some die-cast could work but they will either be a tad big or small since they are scaled to fit the box not strictly to any 1:1 scale.

At this point I should point out graveyard cars fan. And I luv 70's muscle cars, so this was the prefect excuse to make a 32mm dodge challenger to replace the pimp mobile card.

The details are super small (the car is 95x36mm) so i have no idea if it'll work.

I also reworked crown Victoria into a police cruiser to replace the cop car card

Any zombicide fans about?