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Here's a quick paint up of an old Ral Partha (now by Iron Wind Metals) Shadowrun figure. Nothing special, just something quick to keep my hands busy. But I like her. Scale wise, she's a bit small these days for an Orc character, but since she was on the tall side when produced, she fits in pretty well with the Chronoscope minis I typically use for SR games. I think the top part of her outfit is supposed to be chainmail. But I like to think she's a bit of a hipster orc and just crocheted herself a top to go with her hair.
FINALLY back in a WarShip frame of mind, so here we go! First up is the Essex-class CDS Architeuthis:
Up next is Alliance Naval Star, consisting of the Nightlord-class CSR Lynn McKenna, Essex-class CSR Marshal Ney and CSR Mulhacén, Whirlwind-class CSR William Adams, and Fredasa-class CSR Kutkh.
By Xiwo Xerase
These are the first four BattleTech miniatures I've painted this year. They have been painted to tabletop quality. The WIP for them is over here.
The four miniatures featured here are: (from left to right)
Catalyst Game Labs Catapult, plastic, from the Fire Lance Pack. Iron Wind Metals 20-211, Archer ARC-8M, metal (standing in for an Archer ARC-2R). Iron Wind Metals 20-200, Griffin GRF-6S, metal (standing in for a Griffin GRF-3M). Catalyst Game Labs Cyclops, plastic, from the Fire Lance Pack.
They are painted in the parade scheme of the Free Worlds League Marik Militia: "purple, with highlights in red on the right side, and in blue on the left".
For an idea of size, here's the obligatory picture with Sir Forscale:
Individual pictures of the minis are hidden under spoilers.
The two metal miniatures have been based using Iron Wind Metals hex bases. The plastic minis were removed from their integral bases and based on Proxie Model hex bases. The basing is simply paver sand glued down with superglue and painted.
The paints used were: (all Reaper paints)
Primary purple: Amethyst Purple, highlighted with Sorcerous Mist and Spectral White Blue accents: Cyan Blue, highlighted with Ultramarine Highlight Red accents: Phoenix Red, highlighted with Fire Orange Weapon barrels: Honed Steel, highlighted with Blade Steel, Filigree Silver, and Shining Mithril Joints and other metals: Tarnished Steel, highlighted with Blade Steel, Filigree Silver, and Shining Mithril Hands and other "rubber" parts: Stone Grey, highlighted with Weathered Stone Cockpits: Adamantium Black, highlighted with Pearl White and Vallejo Metal Medium Base sand: Yellowed Ivory, highlighted with Creamy Ivory Base rim: Gem Purple Wash: A mix of Brown Wash and Flow Improver
As noted in the WIP thread:
There are some mold lines that didn't get filed down. There is some detail that should probably have been enhanced (for example, filing down more on the Griffin's missile pod and recreating that detail, or drilling some of the missile launcher holes deeper). Some detail in the Archer's missile launchers was obscured by CA glue. (Gluing on the missile launcher doors was painful.) When the Catapult was removed from its integral base, its outside toes were mangled.
As always, constructive criticism and comments are welcome. I won't be doing further work on these minis (unless I break one) but I can always use advice for painting future minis.
I don't play them that often these days, but the Northwind Highlanders mercenary regiments will always build a dear place in my heart, as their sourcebook was one of the very first Battletech products I ever bought. I'm especially happy with how the Locust turned out.
By Xiwo Xerase
BattleTech is one of my long time loves for games and it's what got me into the miniature hobby. I have actually been avoiding painting my BattleTech minis for a while so I'm hoping this will give me some amount of momentum.
The four miniatures featured in this WIP thread are, from left to right:
Catalyst Game Labs Cyclops, plastic, from the Fire Lance Pack. Iron Wind Metals 20-200, Griffin GRF-6S, metal (standing in for a Griffin GRF-3M). Iron Wind Metals 20-211, Archer ARC-8M, metal (standing in for an Archer ARC-2R). Catalyst Game Labs Catapult, plastic, from the Fire Lance Pack.
These make up the Fire Lance of the Marik Militia company I have painting off-and-on (mostly off). The colors of the Marik Militia are purple, with blue highlights on one side and red highlights on another. Here's an example I've already painted:
The metal minis have been based using Iron Wind Metals hex bases. The plastic minis have been removed from their integral plastic bases and based on Proxie Models plastic hex bases. All of the minis have been glued via glue gun onto little holders I made from spare parts (PVC pipe, a wooden dowel, and washers). These are mounted via magnets on my normal painting holders (plastic tubes with a squared base). The point of the holders is for easy removal from the holders for photography. (This was actually my first time using a glue gun so if some of the minis look crooked compared to the base, that's why.)
The minis have been primed white using Reaper Brush-On Primer and then painted with a mix of Brown Liner, Brush-On Sealer, and water to show details. (All of them but the Archer were painted using a 1:2 mix of Brown Liner and Brush-On Sealer. The Archer was painted using a 1:1:1 mix of Brown Liner, Brush-On Sealer, and water.) The bases have been covered (or filled) with paver sand glued down with superglue. (I'm pretty sure I picked this up from @Weird-O.)
Here's an obligatory picture with Sir Forscale:
I've included pictures of the minis in spoilers:
I'm going to point some of the obvious mistakes to get those out of the way:
There are some mold lines that didn't get filed down. There is some detail that should probably have been enhanced (for example, filing down more on the Griffin's missile pod and recreating that detail, or drilling some of the missile launcher holes deeper). Some detail in the Archer's missile launchers has been obscured by CA glue and will need to be recreated with paint. (Gluing on the missile launcher doors was painful.) When the Catapult was removed from its integral base, it's outside toes were mangled. Neither of the metal minis are pinned. This is a pretty big mistake and will be painful if either of then fall.
Some of these mistakes won't be addressed. I'm going to live with that.
So let's talk painting. The guiding principle, beyond the Marik Militia parade scheme is "rule of cool". It doesn't make sense for weapon barrels and joints to be metallic but it looks cool. The planned colors are:
Primary purple: Amethyst Purple Blue accents: Cyan Blue Red accents: Phoenix Red Weapon barrels: Honed Steel, enhanced with the Bones metallics Joints: Tarnished Steel, enhanced with the Bones metallics Hands and other rubbers: Stone Grey Base sand: Yellowed Ivory Base rim: Gem Purple
I'm still trying to decide the cockpit glass color. On the other Marik Militia minis I've painted (like the Black Knight above), I've just used Adamantium Black.
(An aside about base rims: When I paint BattleTech minis associated with a particular fashion, I paint the rim of the base a color based on the faction. Since the Marik Militia are part of the Free Worlds League Military (except for when the League doesn't exist), the base color is purple. I have a spreadsheet of faction colors I made some time ago, before the Bones paints came out. It uses some HD paints that aren't going to be rereleased, so I'll need to revisit that.)
The challenge here is to paint all four minis to tabletop, in a timely manner, and without drybrushing (except the base sand, which will be drybrushed). Let's see if I can finish this by, say, the end of July.
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