M.A.S.K. versus VENOM
"Laaaaaaaadies aaaand gentlemen, today's race: MAaaaaask versus VENOoooom!!!"
Another Gaslands: Refuelled session report for you. This time I'm using MASK vehicles in disguise mode. The light blue Chevy is Hurricane. Next to him starts Firecracker, a red pickup truck. Their adversaries are the blue Corvette Wolfbeast accompanied by the orange Pontiac GTO Stinger.
Right after the start Firecracker swerves in the way of Stinger, forcing him to take a strong turn, off track. Hurricane shoots away full throttle. Wolfbeast is also hindered by Firecracker's manoeuvre and has to take a longer route through the forest.
The MASK team are the first cars to reach checkpoint 2, where all weapon systems get activated. The straggling Stinger gets in the line of fire of Firecracker's flamethrower, but he's just out of range of the large burst template. The race is decided. Team VENOM will not be able to reach checkpoint 3 before the MASK cars.
Wolfbeast presses his luck and unfortunatelly the slide template brings him into collision course with some buildings...
A quick 'n simple racegame. Sweet mechanics. Long live Gaslands
In this blog I'll talk about various miniature games. Custom miniatures and minor conversions are my favorite pastime. I'll cover scenery making and painting too. The WIP you'll see here is all about Necromunda, Epic 40,000, Warhammer Fantasy 5th Edition, Warmaster and Warhammer 40K 3rd Edition.
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Gaslands: Refuelled is a game I recently fell in love with. I played the pc game DeathTrack (1989) a lot in the early nineties, so the theme immediatelly connected with me. You can also compare it to Carmageddon, another cool pc game.
Since I'm a Star Wars fan I gave the game a try by using Pod Racers. You can read about that in this post on BGG.
This game is a blast! The racing mechanics are smooth and simple. Not too much analysis paralysis. A race game should be fast.
Gaslands is a welcome change for a miniatures collector like me. I've seen my share of sci-fi and fantasy monsters. This game now allows me to use old Matchbox and new Hot Wheels toys to convert and then effectively use in a tabetop game. While Pod racing is very fun, there are other interesting themes... The 80's had great cartoon shows. One of them was MASK. Vehicles in conventional mode could transform into action mode, revealing weapon platforms and other tech. The second series of ten episodes was released in 1986 and changed the format of the show to a racing theme. M.A.S.K. and V.E.N.O.M. competed in races for prizes, or as distractions as V.E.N.O.M. tried to pull off one nefarious scheme after another. By this point, V.E.N.O.M. were aware of the identities of the M.A.S.K. team whereas they had been kept secret in the first season.
Well, here's my chance to own 1/72 scale MASK toys and play a great game with them! My first try will be the iconic maroon Kenworth W900 Tractor Rig. I rummaged through my son's Matchbox car collection (which for 50% are my old toys) and found a black truck. Ready for painting!
With a simple paintjob I hope to make him look like this wonderful toy set:
Now let's find myself some more Hot Wheels/Matchbox/Majorette cars... Here's a list I'm using. It might help you to build your MASK force too.
Firecracker: mid-1980s Chevrolet K30 Dually pickup
Gator: Orange Jeep CJ7 Renegade Off-Road vehicle
Jackhammer: 1985 Ford Bronco
Thunderhawk: 1985 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Hurricane: Turquoise Chevrolet Bel-Air 57 street car
Outlaw: tanker truck
Rhino: maroon Kenworth semi-tractor
Volcano: blue monster truck (all terrain van)
Raven: black Chevrolet Corvette
Firefly: orange dune buggy
Slingshot: white recreational van
Bulldog: diesel truck tractor
Stinger: orange pontiac gto
Switchblade: futuristic stealth-looking attack helicopter
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PS: DeathTrack 1989 https://macsplex.com/922282
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