Back after a Long time – some work on “Axles & Alloys” minis

July 23, 2013

Axles and Alloys cars 05

Greetings to everyone who figured I lost interest and dropped out of doing fun gaming things.  Not true (sort of).  I did cut back a lot due to lots of real life happening. However, inspiration and -rarest of all- more time has given me a chance to do some things and get rolling for more!  [Heh – “get rolling” – that’s a pun for later in this blog post 😉 ]

Current project is a fun one:  While searching the intarwebs for Giant Monster Gaming rule sets after seeing (and loving) “Pacific Rim” I ran across a mention of a game involving “post apocalyptic car combat in the desert wastelands of the future”.  I am the kind of person whose eye is caught by such phrases [be worried] and my curiosity bump slugged my cerebrum in the shoulder and said “Hey!  Look into this!  This sounds like fun!”  [be more worried that I think my cerebrum has a shoulder].  Links led me to this game: “Axles & Alloys” by Coopdevil in the U.K.  Here is his blog/website for the game:

http://axlesalloys2.blogspot.com/2010/01/welcome-to-axles-and-alloys-ii.html

The rules are in sort of a fossilized beta – since around 2010.  However they look fast to play and are light-spirited for a set of post-apocalyptic car combat rules.  The author refers to it as Axles & Alloys II: Dork Future.  It apparently was all the rage a few years ago on “The Miniatures Page”.  Well, figures that I am continually behind the curve.  Still gonna dive into it!

So, the core components for the game are cars, trucks and such.  While there are suppliers on the web where you can purchase miniature cars and trucks already designed for “future vehicular combat” (example: http://www.stanjohansenminiatures.com/Road%20cars.htm ) the real fun described by the game designer involves purchasing “Hot Wheels” and “Matchbox” toy cars and the like and then kitbashing them into your post-apocalyptic-machines-of-DEATH!  Uh…sorry, got carried away there.  Anyway, like a lot of gamers who have a few (hundred) Games Workshop models and minis lying about I have a reasonable “bits box”.  Sure enough, spending about $7 on toy cars and delving through my bits box I had the makings of, well, miniature mayhem.

Below are a few pics of my mostly-finished first batch of Axles & Alloys combat vehicles.  Right now in my basement the textured paint is drying on some simple pieces of desert terrain that I have been needing an inspiration to work on for a long time.  Gaming will come soon!

My first six cars - 2 heavy vehicles, 2 medium vehicles and 2 light vehicles

My first six cars – 2 heavy vehicles, 2 medium vehicles and 2 light vehicles

A medium car with rocket launchers and a heavy armored car with a heavy ram and a gun turret

A medium car with rocket launchers and a heavy armored car with a heavy ram and a gun turret

A medium armored jeep and a heavy truck with guns, turbo-boost and a heavy ram

A medium armored jeep and a heavy truck with guns, turbo-boost and a heavy ram

A medium car with a flamethrower and a light car with guns

A medium car with a flamethrower and a light car with guns

Thanks for looking!  I will hopefully have some batreps up soon!

p.s. – I haven’t forgotten about the giant monster gaming thing either yet.  Or zombies (ATZ!). Or Tomorrow’s War.  Or…