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CAV - A selection of 6 Mechs

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I decided to try and paint up a few of the CAV models I got in the Ace pledge, for my son. He selected two Halberd, Assasin and Wight models to start with.

 

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These were cleaned up a little, the mould lines are that obvious on these models, and in some place add to the detail. They were then clean and boiled for a bit to straighten the bent guns, followed by a quick dip in cold water.

 

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I initially tried to prime them in a khaki brown colour made with a brand of paint form Howard Hues, but this rubbed off far too easily, so I ended up going for a coat of Steel Legion Drab (GW), this seems to stick a lot better for these models.

 

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Not the best picture ever, but they are now a lot darker then I wanted, so some highlighting is going to be required. I am going to try and keep to few few highlight accents for each race of Mech, but they may turn out to be quite a ragtag bunch, I intend to paint two of each type with a base of Steel Legion Drab and the other with either a dark green or a grey.

 

 

Comments or suggestions welcome as always.

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Looking good.

 

Please register this merc unit in the CAV forum. This is a suggestion only.

What do you mean by register? As in make up a unit name, with some fluff etc?

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I have just found some water slide transfer paper for inkjet printers. I will see if these are any good to then use as part of my paint scheme. Let's hope my skills are up to it.

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I have made some more progress on the two halberd models.

 

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I have put on three highlights/drybrushing prior to putting a wash on.

 

I am torn between a green or a grey as the second main colour. Any suggestions?

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Looking good so far!  I dig that base color.  I haven't painted mine yet, but in the past when I have painted mecha (mostly Battletech), I have tended to go with brighter colors.  As far as I'm concerned, these mecha are so large that any specific camo would not necessarily benefit them, so might as well be loud and proud about your unit.  This would fit a mercenary unit in my mind.

 

All of that having been said, a well painted earth tone mecha looks amazing when the colors are complimentary.  A well balanced grey, or a drabbish green would be fantastic with your base color, especially with some limited accents in strategic locations.  With your base coat, I would go for a sort of desert camo green and brown look.  Either way, they look great, and I can't wait to see the finished product!

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Whilst watching one of the best christmas films ever (Die Hard 1) I have pressed on with the two halberd models. I have now added a second colour and gone with a Blue Grey or GW Shadow Grey.

 

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I now need to do some highlighting on this.

 

This looks quite good in my opinion, next up is some metallic colouring and possible a dark red to finish them off. I will then give then a wash of something to add some depth.

 

The water transfer paper appeared as well so I have a chance to try and make some of my own decals.

 

As always comments welcome.

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Love where this is going.

 

Just FYI, I believe FightingPiranha makes decals specifically for CAV.

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Love where this is going.

Just FYI, I believe FightingPiranha makes decals specifically for CAV.

I spotted the Fighting Pirhana decals, the do look great, but they are quite expensive for what I want. I have manged to pick up 20 A4 sheets of water slide paper for inkjet printers for less then a £1 a sheet. The process looks quite simple, print and seal prior to use, so I am going to have a go at making them. I was looking for a few generic hazard triangles and the chevrons. I used to have a whole load of old GW ones but they were binned recently.

 

Either way, it will be good to attempt something new over Christmas, it will either work well, or just reinforce the fact I need to buy decals.

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Closeup????

As requested here is a closeup shot of the CAV. With some more progress unfortunatly.

 

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I have yet to add a final colour and some metallics but I am really happy with the scheme I have chosen for this first army of CAV models.

 

As always comments welcome.

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