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"The Kit Fox Is A Light Clan OmniMech…”

Updated: Nov 29, 2022


“…With long-range combat as a primary focus.”

This 1:285 scale pre-built plastic model of a Kit Fox is produced by “Catalyst Game Labs” and can be found in the “BattleTech: Clan Fire Star” along with a Warhawk, Cougar, Fire Moth, and Nova Cat. 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 Caudron-Renault 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.


“Often fielded by Clan Jade Falcon”, the 32mm tall figure was initially primed with a double layer of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and washed using “Citadel” Drakenhof Nightshade. The thirty ton vehicle was then dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey with a softly-bristled make-up blusher brush, before having a small circular access hatch and grill section ‘picked out’ with a combination of German Grey and “Citadel” Nuln Oil.

"They mostly come at night...mostly."

I also applied a base layer of “Citadel” Abaddon Black to the Kit Fox’s Extended Range Large Laser and Small Pulse Laser (on its left arm), 5-X Autocannon, Streak Short Range Missile rack SRM-4 rack and accompanying vents. These areas were all later treated to a lick of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and a generous splash of “Citadel” Nuln Oil.


Lastly, I slapped a Tricolore by “Decal Details” just above Babylon-built machine’s cockpit, and two super-tiny Croix de Lorraine on its legs. I was also hoping to use a couple of French roundels, as I have previously done on the two other mechs I’ve allocated to France’s Weird War effort. However, despite owning the transfers in several diminutive sizes, I simply couldn’t find an area of armour plating large enough to accommodate them.

"Reaper Miniatures" WIPs - Natalia, Female Secret Agent is having her final details 'picked out'.

Alongside my latest Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge entry I have also submitted five 15mm scale metal Xenomorphs by “Ground Zero Games”. These models were super-glued onto a large-sized plastic “Flames Of War” stand by “Battlefront Miniatures”, and primed using two layers of “Citadel” Abaddon Black. The extra-terrestrials were later dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey, before being given a double-helping of “Citadel” Nuln Oil in order to help tone down their highlights and better blend them in.


Finally, I’ve found a little time to continue working on the 28mm model Natalia, Female Secret Agent by “Reaper Miniatures” I recently purchased. This not-Black Widow has really reinvigorated my hobby enthusiasm and could well be finished within a week or two of my buying her – something I’m not particularly prone to do these days…

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planetmut
20 de mar. de 2022

That mech looks so good in the blue-grey colour, and your shading's brought out just about every panel on it - nicely done! Great job on those aliens, and Natalia's looking good so far!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
20 de mar. de 2022
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Yes. I'm not sure what causes it to be honest. But the five-figure base of Aliens I finished just the other day already has two models with missing paint and showing metal - and they've literally been sat on a table untouched since I photographed them. Not sure what happens. I even used "Vallejo" Primer Black on these guys too.

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undercoat2670
19 de mar. de 2022

Another nice mech. I like the design of this one, especially the legs and the French colours are just fab. I am amazed at the variety of designs in the Battletech range, most are great but some are odd! That Black Widow is so slender! It is so different to your MCP ones isn't it. She and the aliens are coming along nicely.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
19 de mar. de 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. The Kit Fox is a weird little fella to be sure. Lots of guns for such a small mech too, imho. Black Widow is now all finished and should be posted up next week, along with more Aliens - which are nice and straightforward to paint.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
18 de mar. de 2022

The French Mech turned out well Simon (paying attention today ! LOL) and great work on the Xenomorph's, the not Black Widow is progressing well, and good to see this model has reignited your enthusiasm, the right model can do that.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
18 de mar. de 2022
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Thanks Dave. I have some more French Weird War Infantry to be posted next week, so keep an eye out for them too 😉 LOL!!!. The Xenomorphs are simple stuff and just a clearing space exercise. Really enjoying painting Natalia - I just wish her nose wasn't so flat on the sculpt - if that makes sense.

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