In today’s Small Wars we’re looking at the latest from Ramshackle Games, a great UK company that seems to specialize in items post-apocalyptic, but don’t pigeonhole them with that category as they have a wide variety of other items, mostly Fantasy, SF, Steampunk and (of course) Post Apocalyptic. Mostly 28mm but they have their own 20mm line for adapting to car combat games that utilize matchbox and hot wheels cars, and that’s what I’m looking at today. The “20mm Car Converstion Kit” came in the post yesterday and I have to say, you get a lot of value for your £20.00
Included in the pack are: 8 drivers, in post-apocalyptic rig, driving. 2 turrets for larger weapons (you have a range to choose from), 2 manned gun shields with your choice of huge bulky weapon to insert. 2 bolt on rocket pods. A wide variety of huge heavy weapons, somewhat oversized. Kind of a strap on bolter effect. most of these are sculpted with a flat end for sticking into a turret or manned gun shield, but those that don’t are sculpted with a flat bottom for easy mounting on diecast cars. There are also 8 gunners in various poses, some sculpted firing a support weapon, some sculpted holding an assault weapon at high port.
The crew are interesting and very post-apoc in theme, but also very tiny compared to other 20mm lines. The 20mm post-apoc cultists and gangers put out by Stan Johanssen are larger and somewhat bulkier than these drivers. Here’s the thing though: Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars come in a variety of scales– and there are many cars that just don’t fit a regular 20mm figure well. I think Ramshackle takes this into account– they aren’t huge but they do get very narrow in the hips which will help you fit them into tiny car cockpits. So points for that!
Armor bits for various locations on a vehicle scaled roughly 1:72 or 20mm.
Hands down, this is my favorite part of this package. The conversion parts come with 8 bolt on armor bits, sculpted to be metal slabs with rivets or corrugated metal of some sort. There are also two big Rams roughly shaped like a bulldozer blade, and some “thing” that might be a rocket or a bolt on jet engine. These parts are big, rough, rude and very very Post Apoc in theme! I wish Ramshackle would just double up on these and maybe cut back on something else like the gunner figures. I’m already figuring out what vehicles to use these with.
General comments: The guns are scaled way large for the figures, but that is the Ramshackle style.. absurdly large guns that look kind of like old WH40K bolters. I have no issue with this as it adds a kind of comical element to the finished product, and what the heck, why not? They are larger than Stan Johansen guns, about on par with Brigade Games’ Car conversion pack. The drivers and gunners going to look tiny versus Stan Johansen driver and gunner figures, hands down. However, Stan Jo’s drivers don’t fit every Matchbox and Hot Wheels either, so these might be more useful than you think. The armor is worth the money in itself and I liked the rocket pods. I wish we could get more armor, less gunners, but in any event, I liked what I got. You’ll be fudging it a little bit to get it to work on every car conversion but thats pretty much the case with everything. Kind of a mixed bag, but still very useful. Recommended and a big thumbs up to Ramshackle Games for releasing some very useful bits indeed.