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(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Battletech” February 2022

Updated: Feb 3, 2022



"We Beat 'Em Before... We'll Beat 'Em Again!"

With the sudden release of several new “Battletech” miniature box sets by “Catalyst Game Labs” I thought it would prudent to dedicate the majority of this month's hobby time to painting the quite sizeable backlog of 1:285 scale plastic models I already own from the range. This should not only mean that my hobby table is significantly clearer (at least temporarily), but would also mean that the vast majority of the mechanical figures would be eligible for both the Twelfth Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) and Dave Stone’s Paint What You’ve Got Challenge too.


In addition, I already own enough finished models to finally start gaming my Weird War Two campaign, so hope to include a handful of Battle Reports covering the initial Invasion of Poland in 1939, featuring a combined British-French force of war walkers taking on the Germans and Russians. Such battles may well encourage me to pigment the odd Polish giant vehicle or two, as well as finally start working on some the jet-packed infantry figures which “Catalyst Game Labs” also produce…

"Warlord Games" WIPs - These ACW Confederates have had all their main colours blocked in

Ideally, alongside these monstrous mechanical mechs, I would also be beavering away at some of the Epic 15mm Napoleonic British Infantry miniatures I recently received by “Warlord Games”. However, I’m still currently experimenting away on some plastic American Civil War strips I own, which came free with Issue 393 of the magazine "Wargames Illustrated".


Long-time followers (sufferers) of my hobby postings will know that I am not a particular fan of putting a brush-tip to the range’s ranked ten-man stands, as I am not a fan of batch-painting and resultantly don’t feel I’ve actually accomplished much until the entire base of twenty models is finally finished – something which actually took me almost an entire year to achieve in 2021. This time though, I’ve been pottering on my remaining ACW sprues to identify any ‘quick wins’ I can achieve with various painting techniques, and hope to then use this experience to ‘motor on’ through my Napoleonic soldiers in a month or two’s time.

January 2022 - "Games Workshop" dominates my hobby time due to Blood Bowl and Epic

Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering I am once again waist-deep in the AHPC, the past month saw me almost double my output in comparison to this time last year. Disappointingly though, I still didn’t paint anywhere near as many models as I probably should have done, and much of this is probably down to me spreading my hobby time somewhat thinly across several scales/projects rather than just focusing upon one or two – albeit I did complete a “Games Workshop” Dwarf Blood Bowl Sevens side, and add some additional infantry teams to my ever-increasing “Flames Of War” German Beach Defence company.


Over the next few weeks I’m actually hoping to continue building up my 15mm World War Two force by “Battlefront Miniatures” by completing even more Panzergrenadier Infantry bases, as well as a sMG34 Machine-Gun Platoon. I’m also hoping to get at least one more Blood Bowl Sevens team completed, using long Out Of Production (OOP) second/third edition 28mm metal figures…

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planetmut
03 de fev. de 2022

That's a great group shot of the mechs, they look really good marching in to battle! I'm looking forward to reading your battle reports when you start playing.


The traitorous losers... er, I mean Confederates, really look like a pain to paint being so close together. Your feelings on batch painting are much the same as mine, which is why painting an actual army hasn't appealed to me since I took up the hobby again in 2018.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
03 de fev. de 2022
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Cheers Matt. I get the impression to have a reasonable game of ACW using Black Powder, I'd ultimately need to paint up as a minimum 5 x 3 stand strong Confederate companies, some cannon, horse, dismounted cavalry and skirmishers. I'll need something similar for its Napoleonics too - but I'm hoping my love of Naps will keep me going with that one.

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wsd50
03 de fev. de 2022

Those mechs look great en-mass like that, looking forward to some battle reports with them!


Have you thought of just blocking in the basic colours on the 13mm ACW then slapping quickshade over the lot and seeing what you get? I know that's how you are supposed to use it, though I've always highlighted stuff first, might be worth a try, would certainly speed up the process.


Cheers Roger. (Oh and I thought Dave's challenge ran from December to the end of Jan, so we were both wrong 😉)


Cheers Roger.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
03 de fev. de 2022
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Started the 26 th of December, until the 31 st of January, so just over a month, but did include part of December ! LOL

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undercoat2670
03 de fev. de 2022

Well you are going to be busy!

I am interested to see your new Battletech mechs as there have been some varied, and often quite whacky, designs in your past posts. You seem to be making much better progress on your epic ACW, so something just be going right, even if the main driver is your enthusiasm for the epic Napoleonic!

You must be well on your way to a decent sized FoW force? What points level are you at now?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
03 de fev. de 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. This could be an extremely productive month if things go to plan - we'll have to wait and see. Loads of Battletech coming, including some infantry bases if I can manage it - as well as some Battle Reports using some homemade rules (which don't use dice) for them.


I'm just currently pottering with the ACW, using the strips as test pieces for different techniques etc. I understand the Napoleonic figures are slightly chunkier than the ACW, so that may well make them a little easier to pigment too.


Disappointingly, my FoW force isn't at the points level you would think as I need a huge amount of MG42 & K9 Rifle Team stands for just one of…

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
02 de fev. de 2022

Look forward to seeing all the Mechs your working on Simon, before seeing what new ones you get. Your ACW stand is progressing quicker than the last one did.

The challenge closed on the 31 of January, so any bits you finished before then will be included, just let me know in the post that it was done for the challenge, I won't be posting the roundup for a couple of weeks to allow people time to get their posts up.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
02 de fev. de 2022
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Ah... Thank goodness. I didn't think I'd just plucked the idea from out of nowhere.

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