Or cheap wargaming at its finest! Over the last few weeks I've been thinking about setting up a project to bring datasheets for old Epic models to 40K, much like BOLS' Lords of Battle, but filling in the gaps they left. To make this worthwhile, I thought I'd first need to actually make some models to use with these sheets, and of course to provide artwork for them as I much prefer a datasheet with a picture! This fits neatly with my ongoing battlewagon building project (see the Lungbursta posts) too, so a win all round. I don't know what form this project would take, who'd be involved or anything at the moment, other than if I build them, they will come, i.e. I need to make the models first! To achieve this I knew I'd need plenty of wheels and where possible some kind of toy that I could use as a base onto which I could stick new superstructures. Where better to find this stuff than the dollar store? Actually I should also say I visited a local second hand toy dealer too, and got lots of good stuff, but not everyone has one of those!
My haul from my local Dollar Giant netted me 6 F1 style racing cars, and a couple of large quad bikes and I've already started hacking one of the cars to pieces to make my prototype Mekboy Dragsta. While it's a little long for what I need, at C$2 per car, I can live with that, and change my design a little, besides everything Orky, is 'Kustom'! I'll deal with details of each of the builds as I do them as they might be a while away yet as I've got lots ahead of them in my 2012 queue, but I now have parts for the following vehicles:
Mekboy Speedsta (Rokkits)
Mekboy Speedsta (Shootas)
Mekboy Speedsta (Lifta-Droppa)
Mekboy Speedsta (Bubble-Chukka)
Watch this space!