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Old March 17th, 2010, 04:09 PM
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Custom Vehicle Terrain for Super-scape

A few weeks ago I posted a recommendation to track down some plastic Hummers given away in McDonald's Happy Meals a few years ago. Well I finally got around to doing something with them.

Here are their positives:
- Inexpensive, I got all 8 for about $12 including shipping from ebay.
- Scale is perfect for 6 out of the 8. The other 2 (both original HUMMERS) are scaled a bit small so I didn't use them but they certainly could be utilized if your OCD is not as crazy as mine.
- Great line of site blockers that look awesome in a city-scape
- They're plastic so they are light weight and visually consistent with the rest of your terrain.
- They pretty much fit on 2 hexes

The negatives:
- They can roll if placed on the terrain
- They are all Hummers (H2, H3) so it looks like your figures are fighting in a Hummer dealership

Well, the first negative was solved easy enough by purchasing a few extra shadow tiles and applying some super glue gel to the tires. Now they don't move and if I want, I can place them on top of terrain or sink them in flush by placing a preliminary layer of water tiles underneath them.

And the best part, if you don't glue the two shadow tiles together, you can actually "park" the vehicles on inclines such as curbs.

So of course, you need pics...



The World's Finest, backed up by NY's Finest (the ESS-1), await the invasion of some DC villains on a C3G map...













So this is what I'm talking about with the preliminary layer...


And then you drop him in for a flush fit...


Or place them on top (with the option of Grey Owl's "climb" feature)...


One vehicle is an original Hummer Pick Up and therefore too big for two consecutive tiles. But with a little creativity, no problem...


And the side spaces are fully functional...


I've posted the pics in the Gallery... please ignore any shots of the dining room set.

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Old March 17th, 2010, 04:35 PM
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Re: Custom Vehicle Terrain for Super-scape

Nice idea. They look very good in city terrain. Now you just gotta make them into destructable objects! I'm off to raid my kids' toy chest...

By the way, what game are those SWAT figures from?
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Old March 17th, 2010, 04:45 PM
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Nicely done.

The ESS(SWAT) figs are Heroclix moded with new bases.
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Old March 17th, 2010, 06:14 PM
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Re: Custom Vehicle Terrain for Super-scape

I picked up some perfectly scaled cars at Walmart. I don't remember the exact name ("Heavy Metal" or something like that) but someone can dig up the thread I made on it a long time ago.

They ran about $3-$4 each and were heavy diecast metal (very high quality). Best of all, they come in police cars, vans, sports vehicles, pickups, you name it. They are also perfectly scaled and (never thought of this before the first post in this thread) they don't roll.

If you recall the guy selling the vehicles/terrain a while back (peterparker???), it the same scale.

If you look in the pic below, the white car is what I am talking about (the other three are in the aforementioned custom set).

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Old March 17th, 2010, 06:15 PM
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They look great.

I have about 25 of those H3's still in the bag.... I wanted vehicles for ATZ and got a bit carried away
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Re: Custom Vehicle Terrain for Super-scape

If you go to Toys R Us...their brand Fast Lane has packs of 1:43 scale cars that work great. They also have 1:48 scale helicopters which also work nicely as well as 1:50 scale trucks (garbage/fire/box)

Now they are 3 different scales but they really arent that far off from each other that you would notice the difference.
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Re: Custom Vehicle Terrain for Super-scape

Okay, I found 'em. Now anybody got any good ideas for making them destructible objects? Perhaps some kind of explosion on destruction? How many lives, number of defense dice? I've already started on a card.
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Okay, I found 'em. Now anybody got any good ideas for making them destructible objects? Perhaps some kind of explosion on destruction? How many lives, number of defense dice? I've already started on a card.
Here is the card that I made that I have used from time to time.



It has been a while since I have played with destructable objects, but if I recall, the basics are that you need super strength to pick up a vehicle and it takes one turn to do so. After that, you can throw it, use it to bash, or block an attack.

When you attack someone, whatever you cause for wounds comes off the object as well, the vehicle lands on any empty space.

While blocking, it absorbs all wounds. If you have extra (once the car id destroyed), it spills over to the character holding the vehicle.

There is more to it than that, but that is the basics. It can be fun, but sometimes is a bit wonky. I plan to go back and make them a little less impactful, but haven't gotten around to it...so feel free to tinker in whatever way you want.
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Re: Custom Vehicle Terrain for Super-scape

Nice looking card Badger, reminds me of when the Hulk ripped that vehicle in two and used them as brass knuckles against the Abomination in the movie.

I'm glad you found the cars, AliasQTip. Do you have them all? The Red one and the beige one are not the right scale but they can work. The other 6 look great (as you can see in the pics).

If you need any, they seem to be easy to find on ebay.

I wouldn't mind seeing one of the artistic types on this site put together a simple DO card for one of the Hummers. I personally use them as sight blockers and don't plan on having them used in alternate custom rule scenarios (no throwing or driving these bad boys). But there is no reason why you can't blow them up and remove them off the game board.

By the way, glued to shadow tiles also allows them to sit nice on a Cavalier Lexan City Mat without rolling. Go buy a Cav Mat today!
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Nice looking card Badger, reminds me of when the Hulk ripped that vehicle in two and used them as brass knuckles against the Abomination in the movie.
That was the intent.
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Great thread and awesome pics, Matt. Now I gotta make a trip to Toys R Us and ebay.
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I wouldn't mind seeing one of the artistic types on this site put together a simple DO card for one of the Hummers. I personally use them as sight blockers and don't plan on having them used in alternate custom rule scenarios (no throwing or driving these bad boys). But there is no reason why you can't blow them up and remove them off the game board.
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Yeah, I'm not really interested in throwing or driving them. I'd also use them mainly as LOS blockers but an exploding vehicle could be used to take out a number of nearby figures and isn't that complicated to write-up.
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