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PhilthyDirtyAnimal Inactive Member13 Nov 2013 8:28 a.m. PST

There used to be a line of miniatures that were made in 'a funny scale' to fit in with Matchbox toy cars. I think they were for the game called "Battlecars" by Games Workshop. I think Citadel made the figures. You could also get turrets, cupolas, machine guns, rockets etc to convert your toy cars.

Does anybody remember anything like what I'm talking about? Or am I experiencing a psychedelic episode.

Now that I have a couple of kids, I have a lot of toy cars around the house and I would like to give them 'the Mad Max treatment'!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2013 8:31 a.m. PST

Those were Games Workshop figures. The game itself is Dark Future. Battlecars was the title of the separate box set of just the plastic vehicles that came in the big game box too.

Yes, the weapon sprues were great for modding Matchboxes, etc.

Goober13 Nov 2013 8:57 a.m. PST

They were 18mm, but 20mm fit right in with them. Stan Johansen miniatures does a simmilar range now.



JimDuncanUK13 Nov 2013 9:15 a.m. PST

A bit like this:


darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2013 10:14 a.m. PST

Funny – I was just thinking about Dark Future a couple of days ago. I wondered if it played faster than Car Wars.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2013 10:48 a.m. PST

It does play faster than Car Wars; but as written, the cars can only drive on roads!

Yes, they do fit nicely with 20mm. I've mixed mine with CP 20's and some 1/72 plastics for zombie hunters to use against Twilight Creations' Zombies!!!

krieghund Inactive Member13 Nov 2013 1:01 p.m. PST

Battlecars was the title of the separate box set of just the plastic vehicles that came in the big game box too.

GW also produced a game called Battlecars that preceded Dark Future by some years.

chromedog13 Nov 2013 3:35 p.m. PST

Battlecars was also a computer game back in the late 80s – I remember it being available for commodore 64 AND Spectrum.

erraticassassin13 Nov 2013 4:30 p.m. PST

Yep, the game was Dark Future alright… I won a copy in a competition in the old Your Sinclair magazine. (Blimey, that's dating me a bit.)

There was one official expansion (White Line Fever), plus additional rules in White Dwarf for (fairly rudimentary) infantry combat and racing, some of which turned up in WLF. There were also some campaign rules published around White Dwarf 124-ish – they were fairly comprehensive and gave me the impression that they were actually intended to be a second official expansion.

At one point I think GW had a PDF available on their site which contained pretty much everything they ever published under the Dark Future banner. You might still be able to find it somewhere on t'interwebs.

Legion 414 Nov 2013 8:05 a.m. PST

I remember GW's Dark Future … have some old WDs with pics and ads and such … old fart

Angel Barracks Inactive Member14 Nov 2013 3:48 p.m. PST

That game taught me what the word kudos meant…

ordinarybass Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2013 1:55 p.m. PST

GW used to have the Dark Future rules for free on their website. Though the link and free games pages are gone from GW's website, it's still on their server and downloadable here:

PDF link

PhilthyDirtyAnimal Inactive Member25 Nov 2013 5:33 a.m. PST

Thank you to everybody for these replies, but especially ordinarybass for the link to the free rules; I'll be playing those with my sons when they are a wee bit older. It shouldn't be too difficult to do some sort of mash up between Dark Future and Car Wars.

Those figures by Stan Johansen look good, but I wish GW would rerelease their original figures – the motorcycle figures were excellent; I've never seen better.

owenmp Inactive Member21 Dec 2013 7:49 p.m. PST

My friend, Francis Greenaway, was responsible for scanning the Dark Future rulebooks to create the aforementioned Adobe Acrobat archive.

Francis also created an excellent Web site for Dark Future.

Future Highways: The Online Magazine for Highway Warriors of the Dark Future

MacrossMartin Inactive Member22 Dec 2013 7:34 a.m. PST

The rules are terrible.

There's obvious shades of complexity intended to tempt the Car Wars players of the period, and that's fine for the time, but the whole thing is horribly
complicated, and just does not feel like fast cars burning up the highways, showering each other with hurt.

Adding extras to the cars quickly becomes the main theme of the game, as players try to trump each other, with new gadgets.

The cars are fun, I have some of the drivers and gunners intended to allow conversions of Matchbox / Hot Wheels die casts.

Nice, but its showing its age now, I feel.

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