|I present to you: the Hickory Tree Militia!|
Welp, its all done and I'm pretty happy with the results! Now the question is, what to do with this aside from just watch it collect dust on a shelf (the fate of many a fine mini). The most likely candidates for use are either as a terrain piece we often refer to local bat reps as being fought here in the Appalachian Subsector, or else (and well down the road), as a lo-tech stand in for a no-longer-in-production, Forgeworld Tauros Assault Vehicle.
As for the model itself, it's clearly from eastern Tennessee! Indeed, as stated previously, aside from the hillbilly armor, weaponry and brush guard from hell it could easily exist in the present day, not just the post apocalypse! Actually on second thought, that brush guard might exist on a local vehicle today as well...
|Apparently there's no car washes following the apocalypse...|
But for those wondering, here are the obvious Tennessee identifiers:
Well for starters, there's tattered state flag covering the rear roof area. Let me tell you that even with the use of a stencil, that was a bitch to do-but worth it in the end. Then there's the not only not matching, but ubiquitous orange body panels. An all too often sight here in Eastern TN (that one was right here in my home town...).
Then of course there's the non-US military standard and thus home-painted camouflage door from yet another vehicle. Vehicles painted in such a manner are a dime-a-dozen around here too (indeed I saw one the other day that was so well done I only noticed it do to its giant tires!).
Additionally, that door bears the partially obscured emblem of the Eridani Light Pony, a Mechwarrior Online 'Clan' that combines a love of Battletech and
Bronies...uh, and The My Little Pony cartoon who's founders live just down the road in Johnson City, TN (well, the one who never moved out of his Mom's house still does anyways).
|Pay no attention to the radioactive symbols, they mean nothing lol!|
The logos on the back of the car, obscured by both the flag and the excessive grime portend that this may have once been a food/take out delivery vehicle. However given that the replacement piece of metal on the driver's side door, as well as the rear doors apparently were scavenged from some nuclear waste containers or the like (also available around here), I wouldn't buy whatever they're selling if I were you! No doubt such symbols are no longer understood by this point in time.
|The requisite kitty in the cube photo.|
All in all, not only was this a fun little project to work on, and over all I'd say it has been one of my best miniature-related Kickstarter impulse buys! Also don't worry Mordian! They said they had run out but are casting up more which no doubt includes your missing car(s?).