This week’s MotW is shameless self-aggrandizement and self-promotion all wrapped in one rusting, heavily-armed package. Why does this beat up old Thunderbird have what appears to be a deck gun mounted on the roof? Because Project: Death Race is underway.
Yesterday, we spent several hours at Robot Viking HQ thrashing out the basic rules for Project: Death Race, the first original Robot Viking game. The core rules are essentially done. We played a few sample games with simple car designs and basic weapons, and even in this stripped down state, the game turned out to be a lot of fun (here’s a hint: don’t drive your car head-on into a pick-up truck at 60 mph). All we have left to do before the alpha release is to clean up the rules slightly and figure out the back-end points formula for determining how many points each car and equipment upgrade is worth.
After testing and rewriting the rules, I sat down with some spare model parts, a lot of paint and some Matchbox cars. Luckily, it’s easier to make shiny things look old and grungy than the other way around. The Thunderbird was originally metallic white with bright yellow lighting bolts on the sides. The gun came from an old WWII destroyer model kit I bought specifically for the purpose of cannibalizing for stuff like this.
I have to admit, part of the reason I’m using a miniature I made for the Miniature of the Week is that I haven’t received many (or any, actually) submissions for this feature. I know gamers make and paint minis; I know they take pictures of them; and I know most of them are better at it than I am, so I’d really much rather feature the efforts of Robot Viking readers in this space each week.
If you’d like to see your miniatures featured here, just send a photo at the highest resolution available to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to include some info about when and where the photo was taken, who made and painted the miniature(s) or terrain, and something about the game being played if it’s an in-game shot. The photo needs to be one you took yourself, and you need to give us permission to display the photo at Robot Viking.