top of page
  • Writer's pictureBlaxkleric

“The Griffin Was Originally Classified As A Heavy BattleMech.”

Updated: Dec 18, 2021

“Combining tremendous speed and firepower in one frame the Griffin briefly dominated in this role.”

This 1:285 scale pre-assembled plastic model of a Griffin is made by “Catalyst Game Labs” and currently can only be found together with the Wolverine, in the company’s BattleTech: Beginner Box. There are actually numerous ‘official’ Regimental Paint Schemes for the Kallon Industries manufactured mech. However, as I plan to employ this particular sculpt as a Japanese Mitsubishi class War Walker for an upcoming Weird War Two campaign using some homemade rules, I decided to go with a predominantly yellow palette.


“Combining good striking power, endurance and speed” the 40mm tall figure was initially undercoated with “Vallejo” Japanese Uniform WWII, shaded in “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade, and dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” Japanese Uniform WWII. As I wanted the machine to somewhat represent the look of the Empire’s old carrier-based fighter, the Zero, I then ‘picked out’ the machine’s knees and shoulder-pads using a combination of “Vallejo” Luftwaffe Camouflage Green and “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green. These areas were later carefully dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Luftwaffe Camouflage Green.

"Each Flesh Hound is larger than a fully armoured Space Marine."

The Griffin’s cockpit windows and hands were pigmented in “Citadel” Abaddon Black”, whilst it’s right-handed Fusion Particle Projector Cannon (PPC), drum-mounted Delta Dart LRM-10 launcher and elbow joints were ‘picked out’ with a little “Vallejo” Gunmetal and a splash of “Citadel” Nuln Oil. Finally, I took two war flags of the Imperial Japanese Army and applied the Rising Sun transfers by “Decal Details” to the top of the mech’s shoulder-pads.


With the first of three Japanese Weird War Two walkers I currently have planned finished, I’ve found enough time to also complete a second base of 6mm scale Flesh Hounds, which used to be produced by "Games Workshop" for their tabletop wargame "Epic". These tiny chaotic beasts of Khorne were primed using two coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Red, washed using "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and delicately dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Red. Their back spines and head crests were then ‘picked out’ using some “Citadel” Abaddon Black.

"Tangent Miniatures" WIPs - The Enemy Commander has been primed, shaded and dry-brushed

In addition, I’ve started work on the second of my Weekly Challenges, randomly chosen via a deck of playing cards. This time round I’ve got to paint a single 28mm model, so thought it might be a good opportunity to ‘crack-on’ with another science fiction figure by “Tangent Miniatures”.


Due to my already completing The Enemy from their Space Warriors range, I decided to base and prime The Enemy Commander. As with the (not) Rodan I’ve previously pigmented, this sculpt is heavily-influenced by Nick Castle’s 1984 American space opera film “The Last Starfighter”, and should make an excellent stand-in for the alien leader, Lord Kril…

Recent Posts

See All

9 Comments

Rated 0 out of 5 stars.
No ratings yet

Add a rating
undercoat2670
Sep 10, 2021

Really like your Japanese mech. Looks great and I like the colour scheme a lot. Another great batch of Flesh hounds and another quirky mini you have shown in the form of that alien soldier. So much out there that continues to surprise me!

Like
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 10, 2021
Replying to

Cheers Undercoat. I do like painting the Battletech mechs, as they make a nice break from the usual 28mm stuff I paint. More Flesh Hounds and Tangent Mini figures to come too 😉

Like

wsd50
Sep 09, 2021

The Griffin has turned out lovely mate, have to say that's probably my fav mech of the bunch so far!


Nice 6mm hounds too, and Lord Kril is coming along very nicely indeed, great bit of shading on his uniform!


Cheers Roger.

Like
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 09, 2021
Replying to

Thanks Roger. It's such a shame I can't get hold of any more Griffins currently, otherwise I'd definitely like to do some more in this colour scheme, as well as an all-white one.


Lord Kril is already finished, and should be posted up later this week. 😀

Like

planetmut
Sep 07, 2021

The Japanese mecha looks great, the colours have really worked and it's got a definite Zero look about it. I like the Enemy Commander too, it's a cool looking mini and your paintjob works very well. And it's always nice to see some more daemons!

Like
planetmut
Sep 07, 2021
Replying to

Awesome, looking forward to seeing them!

Like

wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Sep 07, 2021

Great work on the Japanese Mech Simon, and great looking colour combo, thought you might have gone with the the white with red dots. the Flesh hounds turned out great as well. Look forward to seeing your Kril completed, have you considered using vallejo livery green with a green glaze for the tactical screen over his eye, or am I thinking of the wrong colour

Like
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 07, 2021
Replying to

Thanks Dave. Unfortunately, the preassembled plastic Battletech figures are incredibly hard to buy these days. I've seen some UK stores mentioned no restocks until early next year already, and there's still no sign of the second wave of mechs either. Plus the Griffin is only in the starter box, so is super-hard to find as a standalone mini. If I owned a couple more I definitely do a white zero version, but until then I wanted a cohesive trio of mechs using “Vallejo” Japanese Uniform WWII.


Lord Kril's screen is red, and indeed, I've already finished the figure, as it was one of those I couldn't put down until completed. 😀

Like
bottom of page