Lately, I’ve been having way too much fun playing a game called Gaslands. It’s a post-apocalyptic vehicular combat game. Note that I said 'vehicular' and not just car – that’s because in Gaslands you get to hoon around in everything from bikes, trikes, bikes and sidecars, buggies, cars, performance cars, trucks, vans, pick-up trucks, buses, monster trucks, tractors, war rigs, gyrocopters, helicopters, and even tanks! It’s awesome fun and you know what makes it even more awesomer, er.. funner...? You get to play it using Matchbox and Hot Wheels toy cars!
Within minutes of setting up the table, I guarantee that your inner child will have escaped and you’ll be pushing the cars all over the place making ‘vroom’ sounds, tyre screeches and your bestest ‘dakka-dakka-BOOM!’ noises.
Or maybes that’s just me…
Anyways, Gaslands is written by Mike Hutchinson and is published by Osprey Games. All you need to start playing are a handful of d6, some toy cars and a copy of the rules. Chances are you already have more six-sided dice than is good for you and you may either have some old cars stashed away in the loft or a child of your own (hopefully not stashed away in the loft!) that you can convince to part with some. The rulebook costs £11.99 (or around £10 on Amazon I think), and all the help and support (along with some stonking inspiration) can be found at www.Gaslands.com
Every good tabletop game needs scenery and Gaslands is just crying out for some post-apocalyptic wasteland terrain to help get you in the mood for a spot of vehicular violence. I mean, what else are you going to try and swerve behind to avoid your enemy’s shots only to miscalculate your manoeuvre, collide with and die in a fiery cartwheeling ball of death? There’s a whole bunch of stuff available to either just print ‘n’ paint or (my favourite) kit-bash together for that truly ‘authentic’ wasteland look.
Over the past month I’ve been busy printing and modelling all manner of goodies for use with Gaslands. I’m under some tight time constraints here at Spanky HQ just now, so a couple of buddies have kindly stepped in to help out. Unfortunately, this means that I won’t be able to show you the ‘before’ shots as usual, instead, you’ll just have to make do with the finished item and my notes on how we got it to that stage.
For the meantime, here’s some stuff I’m working on.
Gaslands - Gates
Some of the scenarios in Gaslands require the vehicles to pass through gates in a particular order as well as a start/finish line.
After tinkering about with some designs of my own and not being particularly happy with any of them, I stumbled upon a design on Thingiverse for a Small checkpoint gate for small R/C or slotcars by MoMaHo.
Although they are a simple design, what attracted me to them was (a) they aren’t too stylised which means I can tweak them to my heart's content, and (b) they are designed to easily expand/contract according to how wide you need the gates to be. Sweet!
I opted to print out four gates worth of parts on the Cetus-3D (0.2mm layer height at 20% infill for strength and weight) which should be enough for a 4’x4’ race area.
The clearance on these is between 14cm to 22cm (inner tyre edges) with a top clearance of 9cm. Pretty much the only thing that won’t fit under it is a big war rig, but to be honest you wouldn’t be racing war rigs… would you? Hmm.
The front gates are shown at minimum width, the back ones at max. That's a standard Hot Wheels sized vehicle there to give an indication of scale.
Next up, I wanted a way to indicate (a) what the gate number was (or if it was the Start/Finish line) etc., and (b) which was the correct way through the gate. I modified some Ork Armour Plates from Tinkercad (by simonjhenry), scaled them up and glued them in place. The idea will be to rust/weather them and then scrawl over them in a graffiti-like manner with the relevant information.
A rear view of an unpainted Gaslands gate. That small plate at the top will have a big red 'X' scrawled on it to show how much of a doofus you are for going the wrong way.
Here are the finished and painted gates. Below you'll see the front and back of gates 1 and 2.
The next photo gives side views of gates 3 and 4, showing direction arrows.
If anyone is interested, you can get my remixed gate/ork armour plate files from Thingiverse: thingiverse.com - Gaslands Race Gate by SpankyTaz
A saltbeard Grognard who's glad he never grew up enough to lose his imagination.