I had a sudden idea yesterday for a little police/security runabout for the spaceport. I already had a firefighting vehicle and an ambulance on the content list, but for some reason I hadn’t thought of police or security. Once the idea occurred to me, I spent a little while thinking about how I wanted to approach it.
I wanted something small and hilariously cute, like a golf cart. I also wanted it to look old, like something that had been in use for a couple decades, and I wanted it to look like it’d take 38 seconds to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour and probably rattle apart shortly after topping out at 80 miles an hour. I also visualized it being driven by a rumpled, potbellied old security type with an impressive walrus mustache.
I ended up with something that was essentially a city car, and I made it look a little bit old-fashioned by giving it a mix of contemporary and retro lines.
Work in progress:
Shown by itself, without any additional context, it just looks sort of like a small modern car. Once you see it alongside a more futuristic vehicle, however, it’ll look exactly as old-fashioned as I intended it to be.
I had planned for the fire trucks to be red/silver with yellow/red Battenburg markings on the sides, and the ambulances would be either yellow or bright green with green/yellow Battenburg markings. To keep within that overall visual theme, the police runabout is currently silver with bright green/blue Battenburg markings.
I’m not entirely happy with the light bar being textured into the roof like that, so I might be doing it as a separate piece and raising it off the roof a bit. I haven’t decided yet.
I’m also planning to do a little VW-style van/people carrier sort of vehicle to match the runabout. I mean, you gotta have a way to transport rowdy adventurers when you arrest them for stuffing the customs inspector headfirst into a trash can, and somehow I don’t think the boot of a subcompact city car is the answer.
Update: In response to Tomas’s feedback, this is one of the alternate schemes I was considering.
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