Hobby: Building The War Rig For "Gaslands: Refuelled"

Gaslands: Refuelled is a game very unlike most any other I've played. Set in a Mad Max-style post-apocalyptic world where gas is the ultimate currency, Gaslands takes wasteland entertainment to a whole new level. While it shares a few similarities with Games Workshop's Aeronautica Imperialis (which I reviewed here a month ago), Gaslands manages to take similar themes (in futuristic vehicle fights) and merge it with a hobby with a far lower financial barrier for entry.

Journey Into the "Gaslands", Part 4
The gang's not all here! Source: Josh Nelson

Today, I'd like to go into how I, a (relative) newcomer to the Gaslands, constructed a monster. This is a story about how I managed to create the scariest vehicle in the game, the dreaded War Rig, out of little more than a Hot Wheels rig, a bit of paint, a few vehicular weapons from Aeronautica Imperialis, some other bits and bobs, and, not least of all, a vision.

Vehicle Selection

The first thing I needed to do with myself was to visit a local large-scale retailer to get ahold of a rig in its crude, unrefined form. For me, that meant a trip to Target. Once there, I scurried over to the Hot Wheels selection, which at my store, in particular, is pretty expansive. Therein, I managed to find a bunch of different vehicles for the purposes of making the War Rig. I had to ask the Gaslands community online about sizing and when I had what I considered the green light to make this beast of a rig, I bought this:

Hobby: Building The War Rig for "Gaslands: Refuelled"
The Carnival Steamer seemed absurd yet totally appropriate for my needs. Source: Josh Nelson

Bearing in mind that I had absolutely no use for the little car that came with this rig, I quickly went to work.

Hobbyist Techniques (Or, A Lesson in Improvisation)

This monster of a rig was already rather disgusting to behold. The rig had a ton of wonderful nooks and crannies with which detail could be added properly. But it needed more. Much more. I decided that it needed the standard loadout of rockets and other droppable weapons from the get-go, but I also wanted to make sure it could hold its own in close combat even amid the smoke bombs and other accouterments of obstruction.

It needed a wrecking ball, and I knew how to make one.

I quickly scrambled to find the old pencil eraser I had bought from a now-lost quarter vending machine, the one shaped like a mace's head, and affixed that to some sturdy wire, which itself I'd attached to an armature I rigged onto the trailer of the rig. This all probably sounds very convoluted, for sure, and that's because it really was.

Hobby: Building The War Rig for "Gaslands: Refuelled"
You'll see what this ended up looking like at the end of this article. Source: Josh Nelson

This wasn't enough, however, as I decided to cover the entire trailer with steel wire, just to shore up the visage of the trailer as more than a hollow holding cell for smaller cars. I didn't get a chance to photograph this before priming or painting the rig, so I apologize, but the piece was so close to getting painted that it hardly mattered to me at the time.

Painting the War Rig

I needed to do a lot to the rig before it was palatable by my standards. Obviously a piece like this needs to be primed, so I took a matte black spray primer and took it to the War Rig. After this, the painting could begin.

I don't have a very wide array of miniature-centric paints, but if I did, this would be much easier for me. There was a point where I needed to coat part of the rig in construction-yellow acrylic paint, and that itself took maybe 3-4 coats. This process specifically was a pain, but yellow is always a color I've avoided because yellow paint is oftentimes too thin to work in one coating. I was happy to get ahold of some Citadel red base paint, and my goodness, what a difference that made in comparison.

All in all, this War Rig got a very Burton-esque color scheme, which was entirely my intent. I think it looks pretty great, personally.

Hobby: Building The War Rig for "Gaslands: Refuelled"
The War Rig in its painted glory! Source: Josh Nelson
Hobby: Building The War Rig for "Gaslands: Refuelled"
The War Rig in its (flashy) painted glory! Source: Josh Nelson

The Rules

This War Rig was built specifically for games of a size of 75 cans or more (cans being the points system in Gaslands). Usually, games are played at 50 cans, but facing off against a War Rig is a big deal.

Like with all of my cars before it, the War Rig works under the in-game sponsor Verney, who specializes in dropped weapons. Any perks are going to be denoted by a pair of asterisks and any weapons or non-perk upgrades are denoted by a single asterisk.

Joker's Wild (HW War Rig) – 40 cans
26 Hull
2 Handling / Mx Gear 4 / 5 Build / 6* Crew
War Rig
** Gyroscope +1 can
** Whizzbang +1 can
** Splashback +5 cans
* front-facing exploding ram (cab) +3 cans
* back-facing wrecking ball (trailer) +2 cans
* 360-mounted HMG (cab) +12 cans
* left-facing smoke (cab) x1 +1 can
* left-facing smoke (trailer) x1 +1 can
* right-facing smoke (cab) x1 +1  can
* right-facing smoke (trailer) x1 +1 can
* back-facing smoke (trailer) x1 +1 can
* Improvised sludge thrower +2 cans
* Extra Crew x1 +4 cans
=75 cans


All in all, this beast of a truck took me a ton of time to construct and devise the loadout for. What do you think of it? Have you used a War Rig in Gaslands or Gaslands: Refuelled before? How did it handle? I have a game forthcoming where I'll be using it. Soon thereafter I'll be detailing it in an article. See you then!

Hobby: Building The War Rig for "Gaslands: Refuelled"
Now the gang's all here! Source: Josh Nelson

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Joshua NelsonAbout Joshua Nelson

Josh Nelson is a Magic: The Gathering deckbuilding savant, a self-proclaimed scholar of all things Sweeney Todd, and, of course, a writer for Bleeding Cool. In their downtime, Josh can be found painting models, playing Magic, or possibly preaching about the horrors and merits of anthropophagy. You can find them on Twitter at @Burning_Inquiry for all your burning inquiries.
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