Famous last words.
This started out as a really simple and basic “we just need a basic pickup truck for the maintenance people and we can repurpose it for the incident response vehicle with just a little bit of extra work” sort of bullet point item. Turns out there’s a hell of a lot more to the humble, everyday pickup truck than I expected.
I did quite a bit of visual research to find interesting shapes and to better understand why trucks look the way they do. Oh, boy. That was an educational experience. It turns out that for a lot of things like cars, planes, and whatnot, there is a “right” shape, and the reason why a lot of things look so samey on the showroom floors is because everybody’s incrementally converging onto that “right” shape for the product, and there’s only so much you can do to differentiate one from the other without straying too far outside of that ideal envelope. Plus there’s human expectation and tastes to factor in.
After several sketches and revisions that ended up in the metaphorical wastebasket for looking too much like ruggedized racing cars or spacey vans, I kept coming back to one thing: nothing says “I am Truck, hear me vroom” quite as well as a truck. So I basically said “Works for me” and then went outside to eyeball the curves and proportions of Mrs E’s Nissan Frontier.
Not because I wanted to base the model on it, but mainly because I just wanted to get a sense of where all the swoops and curves on a modern truck were in 3D space, and then I could figure out how I could translate a similar sort of chunky and attractive roundedness to cardstock without making it overly difficult to build. I wasn’t able to make it as rounded as I’d have liked, but I managed to keep a hint of it on the front end so it wouldn’t just be a sloped box.
Bear with me, this post is gonna be kind of long.
Okay, regular cab with open bed:
That’s supposed to be one of the maintenance vehicles. Just a basic pickup truck with an amber light bar.
4 door crew cab with open bed:
Just to illustrate that there are 2 cab types that can be used with the regular bed.
I then realized that a SUV body would be great for security, customs, and administrative use:
And I wanted a nice incident response vehicle for the fire/rescue department:
It’s basically a crew cab with a fully enclosed bed. The raised, beveled hump is there because I like how it looks, and there’s a second lightbar at the back because I like how it looks.
Same incident response vehicle with regular cab, just to show the mix-and-match possibilities:
I also wanted some sort of utility work truck. The research for that was an eye-opener, and I was surprised to find out that things like fire department squad trucks and so forth basically start out as utility trucks, so the basic work/utility truck platform is surprisingly versatile. 2 hours into the research process, I said “I gotta do one of these.”
This is just the basic utility bed. There’s a whole bunch of other things that end up being installed on work trucks, like little cranes, ladder racks, lube skids, and whatnot. I mean, just tons of stuff. It’s mind-boggling. I’m probably going to have to dedicate a third texture cell just to options for the work truck alone.
Here’s the work bed with a crew cab:
One thing in particular I’d like to do with the crew cab/work bed matchup is dually rear wheels and some sort of bucket crane or aerial work platform.
This is kinda nuts, there’s a ton of variety between the geometric and texture options, and it’s gonna take me a little while to figure it all out.
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