Welcome to the James Woods Memorial Autoduel Arena in Quahog, Rhode Island.
And what sport could be a finer example of risk taking than Autoduelling? Can you imagine anything more dangerous than letting loose a bunch of crazy guys and gals in high-powered cars loaded up with high-powered weapons, putting them into an arena not much larger than a football field, at high speeds, with lots of obstacles and then seeing who actually survives? That was indeed the premise of Car Wars from Steve Jackson Games all the way back in the early '80s.
Which leads onto my theme entry - the pits at an autoduelling arena.
But who exactly is the biggest risk taker?
Is it Tricia Takanawa, wearing a tight skirt and heels in a busy pit lane?
Is it Sean Griffin and Emily West, the autoduellists?
Is it this would-be autoduellist, letting these bozos work on his car?
Or one of this pair?
Or maybe the chap risking the pit-lane coffee or the lady risking the stew?
I'll leave you to decide!
The informational bit. All the cars pictured were painted a long time before the Challenge started so don't count for points - they're just there for scenery.
The figures are all 25mm from GZG, a couple from the Stargrunt range but mostly from the Street Level range. They were all painted today (nothing like leaving things to the very last minute - thank goodness Curt extended the deadline for this theme round!). I did do a little bit of a cheat with the painting - after priming them a darkish grey, I oversprayed them with white to give some pre-highlighting, then used thinned paints for most of the flesh and clothing (flesh was washed and highlighted; hair and some other parts were washed).