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“A Powerful Medium Scout And Recon 'Mech…”

“…The Ice Ferret was regarded as something of a foreign concept when it was first encountered.”

This 1:285 scale pre-built plastic model of an Ice Ferret is produced by “Catalyst Game Labs” and can be found together with a Gargoyle, Hellbringer, Mad Dog, and Viper in the company’s “Battletech: Clan Heavy Striker Star” 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 Levasseur class French War Walker for an upcoming Weird War Two campaign using some homemade rules, I decided to go with a predominantly pale blue palette.


“Well armoured and fast” the 31mm tall figure was initially given a double undercoat of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and shaded in “Citadel” Drakenhof Nightshade. It was then dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey with a softly-bristled make-up blusher brush, and had its tiny cockpit windows ‘picked out’ with the odd a dab of “Citadel” Abaddon Black.

Die Unordnung accompanies the German Forces as they push towards the British line

In order to add a bit of interest to the rather lightly-coloured model I decided to add a few ‘points of interest’ on both its arms and torso by ‘picking out’ the war walker’s shoulder-pads, top hatch and a rear-placed panel using a combination of “Vallejo” German Grey and “Citadel” Nuln Oil. I later gave these diminutive areas a delicate dry-brush of (more) “Vallejo” German Grey to help highlight their details.


I also applied some “Citadel” Abaddon Black to both the Ice Ferret’s Extended Range Particle Projector Cannon and Streak SRM-2 (missile) Launcher, before pigmenting them with some “Vallejo” Gunmetal and later on, a splash of “Citadel” Nuln Oil. Finally, I applied some French roundels by “Decal Details” to the mech’s front legs, and unsuccessfully attempted to add the Tricolore to the machine’s upper torso. Unfortunately, the French National flag simply couldn’t fit in the limited space provided and after a couple of failed efforts where the transfer eventually started to disintegrate, I gave up.

Liberty Lady defeats both some Nazi Zombies and Die Unordnung

With my latest “Battletech” model by “Catalyst Game Labs” completed, I managed to pay a visit to the LVL Up Gaming Store in Bournemouth so as to play-test some homemade 28mm Weird War Two rules called "M.I.S.S." On this occasion I brought along some figures taken from my old “Secrets Of The Third Reich” collection by "Westwind Productions", and some of the resin “Supers Unlimited” sculpts by “Kitbash Games”.


The two battles were played over a somewhat congested Middle Eastern settlement, and both the Allies and Axis forces came away with a victory apiece. There were a good many highlights to the games, such as a Zombie horde devouring an entire unit of brave British Paras in a single turn, and Liberty Lady successfully duking it out against a group of Zeds before literally pulling Die Unordnung [The Mess] down from the top of a tactically-crucial building…

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undercoat2670
Jun 27, 2021

I think this is my favourite mech both in terms of its design and the colour scheme/paint job. It just looks really really good. Any more of these coming soon?

Glad you managed to get some gaming in despite Nurgle's plague disrupting life!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 27, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. I believe I have a second Ice Ferret which I'll probably paint in exactly the same manner tbh. I really like the pose so I doubt I'll even be tempted to convert the sculpt in any way beforehand either.


Great to be back playing games and visiting a gaming store. Really looking forward to getting more games in, and getting fully immersed in a campaign or two across 5-6 games.

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planetmut
Jun 26, 2021

Nice work on me mech, you've done a really good job on all of these. The shading really brings out the details on it and I love the blue-grey colour. Could we get a group shot of them?


Sounds like you had fun at the game! Bournemouth? I used to go there on holiday as a kid... Rockley Sands, I think? We used to stay in a little house that was owned by a friend of my dad. I've got photos of me on a pedal go-kart there :-)

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 26, 2021
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Thanks very much indeed, Planetmut. I've got a BatRep coming very soon which should hopefully scratch any group shot itches, involving the British & French defending Poland against the invading German & Soviet forces. It should give you a good idea of the homebrew game mechanics, as well as some size perspective on the different mechs involved (both small & medium).


The LvL Up store in Bournemouth is my go-to place for gaming, as its free to use their tables and has a nice selection of snacks/drinks on site. Albeit I always feel its only proper to purchase a box of minis or two from them by way of thanks for their hospitality.


I've not been to Rockley Sands myself.…

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wsd50
Jun 26, 2021

Another really nice Mech mate, (glad that's the last one!). Those games look like they were loads of fun to play! and great to see "lady Liberty" taking it to those Nazi swine!


Love that figure!


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 26, 2021
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"Glad that's the last one!" - LOL!! Far from it, Roger, I've another ten mechs currently on my painting table at various stages of completion, and then a while tray full more after that. 😄


It was a great afternoon, and Liberty Lady certainly made her presence felt on the tabletop. Looking forward to seeing her in action again next month, as both forces bring some additional reinforcements to the Middle Eastern WW2 theatre.


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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jun 26, 2021

Great work on the mech Simon, and the games sound like they were movie worthy

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 26, 2021
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Thanks Dave. I really like the way “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and “Citadel” Drakenhof Nightshade work together. It was just good to be back at the tabletop playing with other people, tbh. But the games did generate some cinematic movements and I'm already looking forward to next months trip 😊

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