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“A Light, Rugged, And Dependable Design…”


“…The Wolfhound made its first appearance in 3028.”

This 1:285 scale plastic model of a Wolfhound is made by “Catalyst Game Labs” and can be bought together with a Blackjack, Jenner, and Panther in the company’s “Battletech: Inner Sphere Striker Lance” boxed set. All the pre-assembled miniatures also come with an assortment of MechWarrior pilot and Alpha Strike cards depicting various colour schemes. But as I plan to use this particular sculpt as a Gotha-class German War Walker for an upcoming Weird War Two campaign utilising some homemade rules, I decided to go with a predominantly blue-grey palette.


Resultantly, the 40mm sized figure was initially primed using two layers of “Vallejo” Luftwaffe Uniform WWII and shaded in “Citadel” Nuln Oil. It was then dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” Luftwaffe Uniform WWII with a softly-bristled make-up blusher brush, and had its tiny windows ‘picked out’ with a dab of “Citadel” Abaddon Black.

"Elementals are the trueborn, genetically-engineered infantry of the Clans."

In order to add a bit more interest to the 35 ton Inner Sphere BattleMech, I decided to apply a coat of “Vallejo” Gunmetal to its Cyclops XII Extended Range Large Laser, Defiance B3M Medium Lasers, the odd leg joint, and some rear-facing panels. These areas were later treated to a wash of “Citadel” Nuln Oil. Lastly, I pulled out a German cross from my collection of “Decal Details”, as well as an interesting insignia from the “Scale Specialities” Me-109E Aircraft in Battle of Britain & Legion Kondor – Spanish Civil War sheet, and managed to apply them onto the vehicle's right shoulder and left elbow.


In addition to my latest Weird War Two walker, I have also recently submitted nine Elemental battle-armoured infantrymen to the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC). These 6mm scale plastic figures are also by “Catalyst Game Labs” and twenty-five assorted miniatures can be found inside the company’s “Battletech: Clan Elemental Star” boxed set. Having cut them from their hexagonal-shaped bases and glued just three models on a trio of “Citadel” 25mm circular stands, the super-soldiers were initially undercoated with “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII so as to tie-in with the German (Heer) war machines I planned on them accompanying onto the battlefield.

"Warlord Games" WIPs - These Confederates have had their trousers layered

Each sculpt was then shaded in “Citadel” Nuln Oil, dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” German Fieldgrey WWII and had their twin-tube short-range missile launchers ‘picked out’ in either “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey or “Vallejo” Sun Yellow. These areas were later shaded using either “Citadel” Nuln Oil or “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade respectively. I also put some “Vallejo” Sombre Grey onto the Elementals’ smoke trails, before giving them a wash of “Citadel” Nuln Oil and a dry-brush of “Vallejo” Sombre Grey.


Finally, I’ve spent a little bit more time working on (yet) another 15mm plastic strip of American Civil War soldiers by “Warlord Games”. Unlike my previous ten-man strong batch-painting exercises though, these particular Confederates will represent a unit from the state of Florida – so their jackets should be a bit more uniform than the dark blue frock coat wearing Alabamans I’ve pigmented in the past. However, according to "Glory, Hallelujah" this regiment were actually issued with straw hats, so should still uniquely stand out on the tabletop.


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undercoat2670
Feb 27, 2022

Very nice looking German mech. There seems to be a lot of variety in that force with colours which I think may be a good thing to break up the colour scheme and add interest. Those infantry are looking fab, I really like those. Keep plugging away on the AS ACW stuff as you'll have an army before long!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 27, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. I think the Wehrmacht as a whole are the most colourful of all the factions I've so far painted. And still have quite a few more to go. Lots more Elemental infantrymen to come for the French, British and Russians... and then I may well focus on a sizeable Italian Force. 😀


Not sure how much more ACW will be coming. But I'm definitely getting the hang of their nuisances in preparation for the Napoleonic stuff.

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wsd50
Feb 27, 2022

Lovely work on the Wolfhound mate, oh no more ACW!😉


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 27, 2022
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Thanks Roger. More Battletech coming, and a few more ACW posts too. Just clearing out some of the strips whilst I refine my Epic scale painting techniques 😉

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Feb 27, 2022

Great work on the Mech and battlesuits Simon, another ACW strip, after your initial thoughts on these, I guess you've come to like them ?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 27, 2022
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Cheers Dave. When the Battletech: Inner Sphere Striker Lance boxed sets come back in stock - they're sold out everywhere already apparently, I do plan to do another Wolfhound (& Panther) for the Luftwaffe in a different paint-scheme to break them up a bit - I need to do some Luftwaffe infantry too at some point.


I don't like the ACW strips tbh, but I am enjoying experimenting on them as to what works and doesn't for my painting style. For example, this particular strip was initially primed all in “Vallejo” Sombre Grey and then repainted "Citadel" Abaddon Black. Hopefully that makes some sense.

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planetmut
Feb 27, 2022

Great work on the Wolfhound! It really does look like a mean bugger. And that blue shade is one I really need to get... if only a store near me stocked Vallejo as it costs a mint to order it on Amazon :-(

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 27, 2022
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Thanks Matt. I think the Vallejo" range of WW2 paints are excellent, imho, and well worth hunting down.

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