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Friday, March 6, 2015

Aberrant figures for Dark Future

  Once again I've fallen victim to the new hotness. In this case it is the resurrection of Dark Future, GW's post apocalyptic death racing game. I initially caught the bug for this with THW's Machinas, but failed miserably to try and get in a game with the family. So it was put on the back burner. (By failing I mean I tried to play with them before I had a firm grasp on the rules and it became one of Daddy's complicated games.)

  I never played Dark Future, or Car Wars, back in the day so I'm not really nostalgic other than that I was bit by the Post Apocalyptic bug like most of us in the 80's. A boy and his dog, Road Warrior, Blood of Heroes, Le Dernier Combat. Just a few of the films of a dystopian future I can name off the top of my head.

  But this is a miniature line review, not a film review.

  After joining the Oldhammer: Dark Future group on Facebook I was reminded of my Aberrant: Warlands car and figures. The line is 20mm and comes with obviously "not" Mad Max figures and vehicles. I found it funny when people on TMP bitched about it being 20mm. There is so much 28mm and 15mm stuff out there it seems pretty ridiculous.

  Anyway, here's two wasteland villains and The Stranger and his dog "Max" along with the last of the Tomato Juice Cocktail (V-8) Interceptors.


The figures are a little rough and on the flat side, but they are something that I couldn't find anywhere else. They were all slotta tabbed white metal and came with 20mm round plastic bases. Since I put all my 1/72 (20mm) figures on washers, I did a tab-ectomy. I had trouble with the dog's rear foot so I put a rock under it.


The Hot Wheels AMC Lancer Javelin AMX is shown for scale. The car was two part resin and for some reason had a striated texture to its surface. The blower, gun and stowage are all white metal. I added the hood mounted gun because it came with the kit, and who doesn't want a giant machine gun on the hood of their car, even if it isn't cannon. Hmm, maybe a cannon?

Just my two cents on the possibilities of this line for Dark Future.

Cheers.

12 comments:

  1. I recently got an interest in Dark Future too! I played it a bit when it came out, but not as much as Blood Bowl, Space Hulk, Epic etc I didn't pursue this recent interest though due to the sky high cost of the GW stuff. This could be a nice alternative. Is the living rulebook available somewhere?

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    1. Hi Paul, there is some stuff in the files section of the Oldhammer: Dark Future group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/781110145296448/ there is also a wiki for the living rule book at http://dark-future-living-rulebook.wikia.com/wiki/Dark_Future:_Living_Rulebook_Wiki
      Happy Post Apocalypse

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    2. Damn...thats so very shiny. I don't think I can resist! I want you to feel very, very guilty if/when you see Dark Future stuff appearing on my blog. Happy Motoring!

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    3. It's a cross I will just have to bear. Right now the Stan Johansen stuff looks the most appealing. Dark Future on ebay is mostly from the UK and the prices aren't all that great. Factor in shipping and I'll be looking elsewhere for my road gangs.

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    4. You clearly have broad and strong shoulders Atlas! Still trying to work out what scale to go with. What do you reckon Hot Wheels style die casts are most matched to?

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    5. Hi Paul, in the second picture above the green car is a hot wheels. The figures are 20mm ish. I think the original DF line was 20mm and most people seem to be using those or 1/72 plastics with the Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars. I'm working on a post looking at this a little more.

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  2. Cool models and backdrop. Regardless of them being "Not" Mad Max figures they do have that look! Need to have Humongous guy with a PA system ;)!

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    1. Hi Dean, thanks the back drop is just a picture from the interwebs. I bought them exactly because they did have that look. I just wish I had painted them better. At the time I was just trying to get them out for the challenge. I'd like to think I've improved some since last year.

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  3. Nice job, great minis and fantastic photos!

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    1. Thanks Phil. I didn't fuss with lighting on these, just Exposure Value.

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  4. Nice models, but 20mm just doesn't fit in with anything else I've got. Pity...

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    1. Hi Hugh, it would if you started playing Dark Future with some of the original models ;). I have a love hate with 20mm (1/72) and I have been tempted back into 28mm, but still resisted 15mm.

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