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“Eight Tons Of Armouring On The Phoenix Hawk…”

“…Gave it acceptable endurance for short combat actions, though not for any sustained brawling.”

This 1:285 scale plastic model of a Phoenix Hawk is made by “Catalyst Game Labs” and can be bought together with a Warhammer, Rifeman, and Wasp in the company’s “Battletech: Inner Sphere Battle 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 Lockheed-class American War Walker for an upcoming Weird War Two campaign utilising some homemade rules, I decided to go with a predominantly dark green palette.


As a result, the 42mm tall figure was initially primed using two layers of “Vallejo” US Olive Drab and shaded in “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade. It was then carefully dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” US Olive Drab with a softly-bristled make-up blusher brush, and had its windows ‘picked out’ with a little “Citadel” Abaddon Black.

"Unsere Luftwaffe."

In order to add a bit of contrast to “one of the most well-known BattleMechs in the Inner Sphere” I applied a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil to the vehicle’s head antennas, gun-arm and the exhaust ports of its Pitban 9000 jet packs. I also stuck several American Star and Stripes transfers by “Decal Details” onto the machine’s shoulder-pads, forearms and lower legs.


With the latest addition to my ever-expanding Weird War Two American forces finished, I thought I had also better complete a second plastic Valkyrie model to use as a Focke-Wulf class German War Walker as well. This “Catalyst Game Labs” figure was painted using a mixture of “Vallejo” Luftwaffe Uniform WWII and “Citadel” Nuln Oil in exactly the same way as its predecessor, making it indistinguishable apart from a differently numbered decal on the machine’s hips.

"The Ion Age" WIPs - The bases need to be Green-Stuffed before they can be gritted, painted and flocked

Lastly, I have managed to make some reasonable progress on a handful more 15mm miniatures produced by “Alternative Armies” as part of their "The Ion Age" selection deal IAF008 Retained Knight Post Charlie. These figures have been pigmented to proxy Horus Heresy Blood Angels from the “Warhammer 40k” universe as part of “Forgotten Heroes” month, but have taken some extra time due to their chunky bases needing to be surrounded by sloping Green-Stuff sausages.


I actually plan to continue working on these units (and some accompanying vehicles) beyond the end of “Forgotten Heroes” month, as several are close to completion. However, my enthusiasm for the project has been dampened by “Alternative Armies” having only now sent me my replacement Black Adder Combat Lifters despite acknowledging a mix-up with my order over a week ago. This frustration has been furthered by the superb service I’ve just received from “Ground Zero Games”, who got my latest 15mm order out to me within the space of just a couple of days…

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wsd50
Jul 01, 2021

Great work on the Mech's they look excellent! So too do the Blood Angels, at least AA sorted out your order in the end, would be shame to let all you hard work slide now though.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 01, 2021
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Cheers Roger. Slowly making my way towards the end of the middle-sized mechs and very much now looking forwards to starting on some of the large ones.


Definitely won't be dropping the Forgotten Heroes project, just because the month has finished, so expect plenty more 15mm The Ion Age stuff to be posted over the coming weeks. In fact, they should be an awful lot more 15mm in general making an appearance over the coming month or so 😉

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undercoat2670
Jun 30, 2021

Very nice mechs. The chosen colour schemes make then easy to spot as German and US vehicles. Great little project. As a matter of interest what colour schemes do the official Battletech factions follow?

Nice progress on your not space marines. I do think the smaller scale minis look so good when there are a group of them on one base.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 30, 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. There are tonnes of official "Battletech" colour schemes from what I understand, all of which depend upon the faction the mech is fighting for. Here's a link to one particularly good website: https://unitcolorcompendium.com/


I too love the look of 15mm minis on a single base. Definitely provides a sense of numbers to the forces, which is sometimes lacking with 25m+ tabletops - unless of course you're looking at a huge 12 foot table covering with Napoleonics, LOL.

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planetmut
Jun 30, 2021

Another superb pair of mechs! You're really doing a great job of tying them together in terms of looks, not just within their respective armies but as a whole. Even without the decals I'd guess that these were from an alternative-history WW2 setting.


The Blood Angels are also looking great and I like how you've gone with a duller red than the usual full-on RED! look. Sorry to hear about your shipping woes; I am still waiting on bits I ordered from Ebay that were supposed to be here 13 days ago but which I've just discovered spent two weeks at a USPS facility in Houston and are now in San Francisco... the other side of the country from me.…

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 30, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. Very much appreciated. Should have the first of my Weird War Two BatReps posted up soon, and then I can hopefully start showing off the size comparisons between all these small and medium mechs. Still a few more to pigment before I look at the large and super-large models 😀


Tbf to Alternative Armies their communications have been excellent, and I have found a free gift included in my package today. However, I do find such temporary problems can badly affect my mojo for a project, and cause me to lose interest quite quickly. I do however, have a fair few more Blood Angels close to completion, including a resin rhino proxy, so I certainly plan to clear…


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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jun 30, 2021

Great work on your two new Mechs Simon, and good progress on your Blood Angels, do hope you can maintain your enthusiasm with the delay to finish the project, rather than it falling into the pile of shame

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 30, 2021
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Thanks Dave. I rather enjoy painting the predominantly monotone mechs as they're nice and straightforward; albeit I have some much more colourful walkers ready for posting in July.


My replacement vehicles, my Blood Angel decals and some Xenomorph-based opposition from "GZG" have all arrived today. So hopefully tonight I can get properly enthused and finish off some more of the minis.


I'm definitely in a 15mm mood currently, so whatever the genre you can certainly expect a lot more minis from this scale featuring heavily on the blog. Along with a load of scenic pieces too 😉

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