“Not So Over the Hill” (Season of Scenery)

A car again this time, and also a bit of a tribute to one of my musical heroes, the late lamented “Dusty Hill” of ZZ Top fame who we lost last year at the age of seventy two. Therefore when I decided to paint up the last of my “Wargames Terrain Workshop” post-apocalyptic cars, a “33’ Ford Coupe” it seemed the perfect chance to do a little tribute to the “Bearded Bassist” of one of my all-time favourite bands, what with it being the same model as the iconic “Eliminator”.

Now as you are probably all aware by now I can’t just leave these things alone and paint them “as is”, so a few “extras” were added before I could get to the painting (and probably why this has been sitting un-touched for so many years to be honest!). First off I wasn’t happy with the exposed rear wheels, so after taking some coffee stirrers and cutting and shaping them appropriately I glued then around the tops and sides of the rear wheels, using a bit of greenstuff as filler to hold them out away from the wheels themselves. These “boxy” covers then formed the base that I was able to build up the curved arches over using greenstuff, the hardest part of which was getting the two side equal and similar in shape, though luckily I was going to add dents to these later so could cover up the worst of the imperfections!

Next the rear of the vehicle had been turned into a flatbed/pickup type thing, probably so a figure could stand there, but the bases on my figures were too large to fit so instead I decided to go with the “Mad max” vibe, and put an additional fuel tank in there (though with today’s prices I wouldn’t fancy filling this bad boy!). I had some oil drums that I’d bought from “Scotia Grendel” a looong time ago, so taking one of these I set about building a framework out of coffee stirrers to support the drum. Then I needed some way for the fuel in the drum to get to the engine, so a hole was drilled in the top of the drum and a piece of florists wire was bent round so it fitted in the drum top and then disappeared under the wooden framework, a little greenstuff tidied the joint atop the drum and while it was out I also knocked up a filler cap for the side too, (probably health and safety wouldn’t approve of this solution by hey’ it’s the apocalypse!). The drum was then glued into place, and I was able to attack the whole vehicle with the “Dremmel” fitted with a ball topped grinder to add the dents associated with life in the wasteland. Now something was bothering me, what was holding the drum in place? What stopped it bouncing out of the back over rough terrain?…Nothing! Now luckily I had some cheap necklace chain I’d bought back when I was building “Ram Man” for my “Masters of the Universe” collection, so I dug that out and cut two lengths gluing the front length to the inner rear body, and the rear length to the tops of the rear wheel arches, these then needed blocks adding with a little more greenstuff, and finally I could start painting it.

As usual I started by giving it a spray coat of matt black that was then touched up with a brush. I then gave it all a dry-brushing with chainmail. Ruby red was then “stippled” over the bodywork avoiding the dents, edges and the right hand front wing. This was followed with another round of stippling this time with metallic red, I went a little heavy with this so more ruby red was “tapped” over this again. The front wing I wanted to look like a replacement part that had never been finished. so dark grey, with mid grey “stipples” was used to simulate a “primed” but unpainted part. The drum was then stippled (I did a lot of this!) with royal blue, then a mix of bright blue with a touch of blue grey went over this. I attempted to write “Dusty” across the roof in a ”slightly” fancy style with white, it’s not great but the weathering hides the worst 😉 and that’s what came next!

So taking some chestnut this was “stippled” (again!) round the panel edges, in the dent’s and anywhere there was exposed bare metal, then after I’d repainted the tyres black (I’d made a mess of them while doing the rust) it was out for a coat of  “Quickshade” (strong tone), which for some unexplained reason took two full days to dry completely! Anyway then a little more chestnut was applied over the last lot, and orange was added here too to give a little fresher rust effect. Then I dry-brushed some khaki over the lower portions to give it some road dust, now I usually use “Eurasian flesh” for this and I don’t know why I didn’t this time 🙄 but I didn’t like the khaki as much so did a second lighter dry-brush with coffee over this (again why didn’t I use Eurasian flesh, don’t ask because I don’t know!). A final spray coat of matt varnish finished it off. I don’t think three “sexy babes” would be seen dead in this (or fit for that matter), but apart from the rather heavy handed weathering, I’m fairly happy with the result.

So that’s the last of Dave’s post apocalypse vehicles that I own finished, and also my last entry for Dave’s “Season of Scenery”, in just under the wire as usual. I now have a month relatively “challenge” free, so I’ll have to see what I want to paint next, hmmmm….🤔

So till next time, cheers Roger.

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24 Responses to “Not So Over the Hill” (Season of Scenery)

  1. Lovely work, Roger. Really nice rust and some excellent additions with the barrel & chains. Love the notion of it being an additional fuel tank. Great stuff. What challenges are you considering for the rest of the year..? Zomtober..? Mo’Vember..? Or something else..?

    • Thanks Simon, yep Zom’tober and Mo’vember are both on the cards along with the remaining months of my Advent Challenge (which will crossover with both of these luckily) I’m a creature of habit so no new challenges for me at the moment. 😁.

      Cheers Roger.

  2. Dave Stone says:

    Fantastic work Roger as always on the Post Apocalyptic cars you’ve done, I think the only one you haven’t done is the tanker ! LOL Would love to share the pictures if that’s all right mate ?
    One thing is it’s Wargames Terrain Workshop, the one you’ve listed is a totally different company ! LOL

    • Thanks Dave, maybe next year for the tanker 😉. As always feel free to re-use the pics as you see fit mate, I can E-mail them to you if you want (though they are the same size so no different from taking them from here).

      You know you are absolutely right, don’t know how I’ve done that, I’ve put it right now (sorry) 😁 (as penance I’ll make it a link!).

      Cheers Roger.

      • Dave Stone says:

        Cheers mate much appreciated, already got the pictures for the roundup so can use them from there. No worries on the name, it’s easily done ! LOL
        I like all the mods you’ve done to this vehicle, which id the joy of doing stripped down vehicles, people can add what they like. The exhaust idea on the front actually came from looking at WW2 Spitfire.

  3. Oh, this is just a brilliant post on a few levels, Roger! 🙂 The car is brilliant! ZZ Top are brilliant! And many years ago I had a Ram Man toy figure that jumped/rammed when you pressed a button on it to release a spring, so that was brilliant!

    • Thanks John, a man after my own heart, hot rods, rock, and He-Man toys are all members of my favourite things club. 😁

      Saw ZZ Top in Manchester a good few years back now, they were awesome!

      Cheers Roger.

  4. That’s a cracking looking car Roger and I love the paint job and modifications. 🤗

  5. Alex says:

    That’s brilliant! Nice one dude 😊

  6. Pete S/ SP says:

    That is great- I love the rat rod look.



    • Thanks Pete, I wanted to give the impression that this was once someone’s “pride and Joy” before the “end of the world”, since then it’s had to be modified to survive. 😁

      Don’t know if I hit the mark though.

      Cheers Roger.

  7. Matt says:

    Bloody hell, Roger, when I saw the first photo of the painted model I thought it was a real car you were basing your painting on! A great conversion and absolutely stunning painting and weathering, it looks fantastic!

    • Thanks Matt, you old flatterer you! I always liked the look of this vehicle (that’s why I ordered it of course! 🙄), and had a good idea what I wanted to do with it too, but actually getting round to doing it is another thing. Glad to have it finally finished.

      Cheers Roger.

  8. borderguy190 says:

    Very cool. Looks suitably well-used and modified. Dusty would love it. Pete’s “rat rod” comment made me smile, as I just had a conversation with the curator of a museum (one of my college buddies) who is putting on a show centered on counter-culture art , and specifically the work of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, one of the original hot rod creators.

    • Thanks Harry, glad you think Dusty would like it (though probably if I did this to the real “Eliminator” 😁).

      To even be thought of in the train of thought as Ed Roth is an honour!

      Cheers Roger.

  9. Azazel says:

    Wow, that’s a pretty substantial upgrade to that resin model. I initially think the first pic of the painted version might have been a reference photo of a real car in a “did ZZ Top do a “Mad Max video?” way – so you certainly deserve kudos on the paint job of the finished car. I’ve just glanced up and seen Matt’s comment saying the same thing, so yeah – it’s not at all simple flattery there!
    Something I’m sure Dusty and the boys would crack a smile to!

    • Thanks Azazel, wow compliments from (in my humble opinion) two of my absolute favourite figure painters!! I’d love to see a ZZ Top meets Mad Max music video 😁 perhaps for the sang “Thug” or “I’m bad I’m Nationwide”.

      It’s nice to think they might approve of my simple efforts though, cheers mate.


  10. Guru PIG says:

    Love the cars Roger. I will have to pick some up from Dave,

  11. patmcf says:

    great work on this old ute Mate!!

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