As a result, I follow "vehicular combat" miniatures game blogs a bit, and what should I spy?
Gaslands, a "post-apocalyptic vehicular combat" game that Osprey will be publishing in November.
Looks like it's a Car Wars style game (but not as complex!) played with converted hotwheels/matchbox cars on tabletop. Here's some photos from a game the author ran at Salute 2017:Shoot, ram, skid and loot your way through the ruins of civilisation with Gaslands, a tabletop wargame of car-on-car destruction in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Players control small fleets of armed vehicles in battles for resources, dominance and survival. With rules for multiple vehicle types (from motorbikes to big rigs), varied special weapons and accessories (including oil slicks, caltrops and nitro boosters), and a host of options for scenarios, environmental conditions, crew and campaigns, players can tailor games to match their own visions for an anarchic future.
Skimming through the design blog, it looks like the game will have a vehicle design system, factions & a campaign system. And skimming through the Gaslands twitter feed, it looks like the game will use X-Wing style movement templates:
I’ve been buying hotwheels & matchbox cars for a while with the thought of converting them for "vehicular combat" gaming. This might be the kick in the arse I need to get started on that...