Monday, 20 January 2014

Painting Challenge Vehicle Bonus Round

There were some very impressive entries in the latest bonus round.  Most of them were even vehicles!  Even The Wife was inspired to vote.

Having had a piece almost painted for weeks (I almost submitted it for the Villains round), I decided last Thursday I didn't want to put it in for this round.  I therefore fell back on Plan B and did a quick and dirty paint-job on a Lledo van that I'd picked up for a couple of quid.

The inspiration for this was the photos of the vehicles in Roy Chapman Andrew's expeditions (he was the guy who first discovered dinosaur eggs in their nests and is cited as one of the inspirations for Indiana Jones).
His vehicles were provided by Dodge and featured in their ads.
It's a vehicle I've wanted to add to my fleet for a while.  I've also been meaning to try out mystery objects covered in tarpaulins - they make very useful plot points.  If I'd thought a little longer, I would have left them removable so I could use them  as stand-alone markers.  All-in-all, putting this one together has given me some good ideas for Next Time, and I'm minded to put another jalopy together almost at once.
I think that next time I'll paint it black and add more tools and lumber 
around the van

And more rope.  I need more rope!
I just hope that the charity shop still has the vans I saw last week.  Of the three I currently have, two are too nice to paint over (a PO Van and an RNLI Morris Minor) and the other hasn't any tires (that could do for adventures in the Land of the Scallies I suppose).

Meanwhile, I've made a start on my figure for the Hero Bonus round.

"Can you tell what it is yet?"


  1. Very nice to see the inspiration behind the entry Edwin,and a nice addition to your collection

    1. Yes, I should have included it in my submission to Curt.

      I'm also going to start thinking about staging my photos more.

  2. Very nice work...and post!

  3. I thought that this was rather splendid and will now have to look out for one of these for exactly the same purpose.

    1. Can't wait to see what you manage to do with it.

      There are some nice Lledo vehicles out there and fairly easy to find. I got mine from charity shops for £2.00 each, but there are lots on eBay.

  4. I have a few of those awaiting the same treatment... Very nicely done.

    1. Thanks Dave! A quick job, but I'm happy with it.

  5. Fantastic work on this vehicle Edwin! Love it!



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