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  • #112420
    Rhoderic
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    So, this is another thread along the same lines as my Battletech one from a few weeks back, where I’m not immediately looking to make purchases but I want to get an overview of “what’s up”, so I can let the idea percolate in my head for a while. And it may also interest other hobbyists to see the relevant theme highlighted (or so I hope).

    I’ve seen a number of companies that sell 20mm post-apoc “car wars” style vehicles and figures, or more often, conversion parts for die-cast cars and suchlike in roughly the same scale. The newish Gaslands ruleset seems to have revitalised this subgenre of miniatures gaming to a degree. I can’t remember all the companies, though. There are probably also companies I’m not aware of. So for overview purposes, I’m asking for mentions of any companies you guys know of that make 20mm-ish models, figures and conversion parts for post-apoc vehicular combat.

    The two that I can recall are:

    Zinge Industries

    Aberrant Games

    #112430
    Private Snafu
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    Stan Johansen

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    #112432
    Thorsten Frank
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    If I recall that right there is some material on Shapeways.com. But this stuff is mostly very expensive.

    "In strange grammar this one writes" - Master Yoda

    #112442
    Rhoderic
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    Thanks for the Stan Johansen mention. That company was somewhere in the back of my head but I couldn’t recall the name and in any case I was expecting it to be out of business by now (just because it’s been around for a long time).

    Didn’t know there’s stuff for this genre on Shapeways, but I really should stop being surprised at what’s on Shapeways these days. Searching for “Gaslands” brings up a lot of nice stuff, but I can’t find any information about what scale it’s meant to be. I can only assume 20mm-ish. If so, and if the “smooth fine detail plastic” printing option lives up to the name, then the prices are competitive enough IMO.

    I also thought of two more companies:

    Ramshackle Games

    World Forge Games

    I’m pretty sure the companies I’ve thought of to mention by now, plus Stan Johansen, are the extent of what I’ve come across in the past myself (not counting very OOP ones: Citadel Dark Future / Battlecars, and maybe Nitro which I don’t know the scale of). I’m still hoping there’s more, but the sources listed in this thread so far are already a more-than-decent showing.

    #112448
    Gaz045
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    Elhiem Miniatures too,

    https://www.elhiem.co.uk/ourshop/cat_1494252-POST-APOCGazlands.html

     

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    #112474
    Rhoderic
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    Nice! Thanks.

    #112745
    MattH
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    Late to the party here, but just wanted to say – great thread, thanks!

    I’ve just finished up a bunch of Hot Wheels conversions and I was looking to get some pedestrians. I wasn’t aware of most of the suppliers listed here. Elhiem’s stuff looks particularly cool.

    #119158
    Rhoderic
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    Ooh, looks like North Star will be releasing their own plastic sprue of conversion bits as an official Gaslands tie-in:

     

    Apparently the rules are getting a new edition, too.

    #119161
    telzy amber
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    What scale is the model sprue? Actually it looks like an image of a model sprue.

    #119162
    Rhoderic
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    What scale is the model sprue?

    The newsletter doesn’t say, it only says it’s for customising die-cast cars. I can only assume it’s 20mm-ish.

    #119188
    telzy amber
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    Thank you. I would very interested if it is 20mm

    #119190
    Devon Start
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    stan johansen im pretty sure his stuff is 20mm  he is still kicking, he comes to the HMGS South shows and runs his gaslands style game there every year.

    his figs are wonky but the conversion bits are to die for

    #119441
    Andrew Thomas
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    https://www.kyamsildesigns.co.uk

    Nice selection of wheels, tyres, jacked-up axles and weapons.

    #122107
    Alex
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    Just because it hasn’t been mentioned yet, I was impressed with the stuff I got from Three Dee Pee on eBay.

     

    nice range of 3d printed guns, rams and armour plates.

    Alex (Does Hobby Stuff)
    tracking a journey through as eclectic a collection of wargames as possible

    #122867
    Nick Eyre
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    Hi Folks
    The plastic frame shown in this post is 20mm, or at least we scaled it to fit hotwheels/ matchbox cars.

    It’s available to order here: http://www.northstarfigures.com/prod.php?prod=14010

    We have an offer where we send a free frame with every copy of Gaslands Refuelled ordered: http://www.northstarfigures.com/prod.php?prod=13861

    But that ends tonight!

    Nick

     

     

     

    #122878
    Mike
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    Hey, thanks for joining and posting Nick, I am a fan of Copplestone Castings myself, good to see you here!

    #122887
    Tony S
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    I had already pre-ordered the new Gaslands edition before I saw Northstar’s offer – really regretting that decision now.  That plastic sprue looks great.

    However, I do admit I already have a fair bit of stuff, including some cycles, from Ramshackle Games.  They are quite reasonably priced and also offer free shipping worldwide with no minimum!  I’m quite happy with the stuff from Ramshackle and can attest to the fact that they are sized for Matchbox cars.

    https://shop.ramshacklegames.co.uk/index.php?id_category=13&controller=category

     

     

    #122919
    Gaz045
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    There are some weapons that ‘fit’ from The SceneUK…….nominally 15mm but they work with 20mm too……..

    https://thesceneuk.com/product-category/heavy-weapons/

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    #122943
    Gone Fishing
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    A Road Warrior project is one of the half dozen or so hobby projects that I often think about but have shied away from doing. Two things throw me: one is the dithering between what scale to do it in, 20mm or 28mm – on the one hand the ease and availability of the smaller scale are most attractive – Matchbox cars are really cheap, and the table size could be smaller but still accommodate fun games – then there are the very nice offerings from Ramshackle and Stan Johaneson to drool over; on the other hand, 28’s are more appealing visually and there are some nice figures out there, though the cars themselves are a bit of a problem. It’s a head-scratcher for me.

    The second thing is that I’d like to model any such collection on The Road Warrior film, and so guns and such should be very rare. In that light, most ranges on offer seem a little “gunned-up.” It surprises me there aren’t more figures – especially punk and bondage types – armed only with primitive weapons like chains, blades, clubs with nails driven through them, etc. Maybe I need to hunt around more or think about doing some conversions. Anyway, one of these days I might get around to it…

    #122949
    Rhoderic
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    Two things throw me: one is the dithering between what scale to do it in, 20mm or 28mm – on the one hand the ease and availability of the smaller scale are most attractive – Matchbox cars are really cheap, and the table size could be smaller but still accommodate fun games – then there are the very nice offerings from Ramshackle and Stan Johaneson to drool over; on the other hand, 28’s are more appealing visually and there are some nice figures out there, though the cars themselves are a bit of a problem. It’s a head-scratcher for me.

    I’m going with 20mm (though I’m becoming increasingly aware that it’s very much a case of “large 20mm” or even “heroic 20mm” – people tend to just call it 20mm and consequently I had the impression that the standard die-cast cars scale was around 1/72, but it’s really more like 1/64). However, I have managed to find some spiffing cars that, to me, are just right for 28mm. The best I’ve found are part of a line of toys for the Fast & Furious franchise. In my local toy stores they’re less than twice as expensive as Hot Wheels and similar lines, which means they’re still eminently affordable by the standards of our hobby, where a single 28mm metal figure often costs more than a Hot Wheels car.

    The black-and-green car in these photos is 1/64(ish) Hot Wheels. The other two are Fast & Furious and I’d put them at around 1/56. The figure is from Foundry and in the scale I like to call “sensible 28mm” (certainly bigger than “true 25mm” but not “heroic 28mm” either, i.e. the gold standard of 28mm sensibility that I’ve come to expect from companies like Foundry and North Star).

    I’m going to use the 1/56 cars for a different post-apoc / dark future project that will be less single-mindedly focused on automotive combat, but may still have the occasional car on-table, for scenery if nothing else.

    All that being said, I’m not sure how extensive the Fast & Furious range is (the packaging seems to suggest there are 32 different cars, though I’ve only found about half of them in toy stores), nor how many cars are needed in a game like Gaslands. Also, sourcing vehicles like lorries, buses and pick-up trucks for 28mm would probably still be tricky.

    #122954
    Gone Fishing
    Participant

    That’s extremely helpful, Rhoderic, thank you. The temptation’s a strong one – especially when I see threads like this – and I may spend some time this weekend looking at the various options in the two scales. Thanks again!

    #123279
    Rhoderic
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    Now where to get a “large 20mm” samurai helmet with a face mask?

    https://youtu.be/SpSMoBp8awM

    #128984
    Rhoderic
    Participant

    This comes rather last-minute as a heads-up, but Steve Jackson Games is doing a Car Wars Kickstarter with plastic 1/64 cars. 28 hours to go as I write this.

    Also, North Star has started making metal figures for Gaslands now, on top of the plastic sprue. So, Nick… about a female road warrior wearing a kabuto and menpo…? 🙂

    #129393
    Striker
    Participant

    What I would like to see are 1/2 or 2/3 figures for matchbox scaled cars (around 1/72).  I cars with open interiors but by design the leg area is usually solid or very small.  The figures would need to be probably plastic since metal ones aren’t as thin.  FYI: 1/72 barrels for airplane machineguns are nice.  I went overboard and got brass ones that have porting.

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