Car Wars – the Scarlet Captain

I’ve started dabbling with Car Wars. Well, a friend suggested we dabble with Dark Future (Games Workshop’s 1988 not-Mad Max game), but I distinctly remember it being an incredibly tedious affair. If you’re playing a game about cars pelting it along post-apocalyptic highways you wanted game mechanics that were fast and furious – Dark Future was fat and curious.

The true beauty of Car Wars is it’s an excuse to mess about with toy cars. After much scouring I found this old Spectrum Saloon Car from for 99p.

Car Wars Captain Scarlet

I disassembled it and dunked it in paintstripper – mainly to clean from the crevices what I assume was chewed-up biscuit. Then I replaced the boot with a gun half spare Mantaforce half em4miniaures Space Ranger. Quick paintjob and it was reassembled into a true road warrior.

Now to expand to motor pool with other classic vehicles.


Curis has painted for Games Workshop, Forge World, Warlord Games, Mantic Games, Avatars of War, Wargames Foundry, Studio McVey and many others. He's won at Golden Demon and Salute. He publishes monthly painting tutorials on Patreon.

One thought on “Car Wars – the Scarlet Captain

  • January 8, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    GW had the dark future rules on their old site for a while. I still have the game but have not played it in years. I went and looked at the rules again a couple of years ago and they did seem really complicated.


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