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We Don't Need Another Hero... Car Wars 6th Edition Mini!

Eric Wentling
United States
Waconia
Minnesota
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I was recently on vacation over Thanksgiving with some of our friends who live in Georgia. I had to leave behind all my painting and it was killing me a little to have all this down-time and not be able to paint my giant backlog of minis. Then my friend showed me the giant Kickstarter box set of Steve Jackson's Car Wars 6th Edition and asked me to help him paint/get supplies to paint. Yessss! Car Wars has come a long way from the little box I used to own. There were tons of plastic unpainted cars chock-full-o-guns! I remember having to modify a Match-Box car with guns from my 40K minis back in the old days... wonder what ever happened to those minis....

So we took a trip to the local game store (Tyche's Games) and picked him up a Vallejo Game Color starter set, a set of 3 brushes, and a janky can of white primer. The store was super cute but had limited options for painting.

Next we cobbled together things for a painting station (packing paper instead of newspaper, plastic water cup, grilling drip-tray for paint mixing.) This really made me realize how I don't appreciate even the simple things I have at home that make painting easy and set-up quick. I especially missed my home Ott Light, instead having to use the luckily bright afternoon sun.

I sprayed the minis with the gloppy primer, needing a couple layers to get over that and obscuring a bit of detail. I missed my Airbrush priming a lot here!

From gallery of drtanglebones


Then I moved into base coats, mixing colors as needed with a limited pallet. Luckily this set had all the primary colors, black, white, and 3 metallics. I ended up doing this car in a black-gray and did an intentional rough second layer to make it look like like it had been beat up and primered a few times poorly. My friend wanted this one to look kind of like Mad Max's car and also wanted to have some wear and tear. I ended up doing a black base coat for weapons with drybrush of some silver and gunmetal. I did some rust with brown/oranges in what I tried to do as a random pattern. Some red blood spatter on the front and a few "scratches" with silver and the fine details are done. Oh, and I tried to do a reflective windshield with mixed results. I might recommend black with a gloss coat instead, but needed something not black to contrast with the car color here.

From gallery of drtanglebones


This was an interesting experiment in using my current skills in painting but with less paints and equipment. I think it turned out pretty nice overall. We started 3 more cars but didn't finish them before I had to leave. And I didn't get to play the game...maybe next visit!
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