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“The Mist Lynx Is A Lightweight Workhorse OmniMech.”

“Before the Great Refusal, the Mist Lynx was most prominently fielded by Clan Smoke Jaguar.”

This 1:285 scale plastic model of a Mist Lynx is produced by “Catalyst Game Labs” and can be found together with a Dire Wolf, Summoner, Stormcrow, and Shadow Cat in the company’s “Battletech: Clan Command 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 Henschel class German Wehrmacht War Walker for an upcoming Weird War Two campaign utilising some homemade rules, I decided to go with a predominantly dark grey palette.

Weighing twenty five tons on the battlefield and “powered by a 175 XL engine that gives the Mech a top speed of 118.8 km/hour”, the 31mm tall figure was originally primed using two layers of “Vallejo” German Grey and shaded in “Citadel” Nuln Oil. It was then dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” German Grey with a softly-bristled make-up blusher brush, and had its cockpit’s tiny windows ‘picked out’ with a dab of “Citadel” Abaddon Black.

"For the Motherland, for Stalin!"

In order to add a bit of interest to the rather dour-looking model I decided to apply a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil to both its right gun-hand and the shoulder-mountings for its arms. I also added a splash of “Vallejo” Sun Yellow and “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade to the missile bay wrapped around the machine’s left wrist in an attempt to better tie the palette in with those used on German aircraft during the Second World War. Finally, I pulled out a couple of German crosses from my collection of “Decal Details” and squeezed them onto two flat pieces of armour plating on the miniature’s chest.

Alongside this latest addition to my Axis forces, I have finished pigmenting a second plastic model of a Wasp to use as a Dacha-Class Soviet War Walker. This “Catalyst Game Labs” figure can be found inside the company’s “Battletech: Inner Sphere Battle Lance” boxed set, and was painted in exactly the same way as the first Russian mech I completed earlier this month.

"The Ion Age" WIPs - These three Retained Knights are slowly having their rifles 'picked out'

Lastly, I’m making a fair bit of progress with this month’s somewhat sizeable entry for the “Forgotten Heroes” challenge over on the “Carrion Crow’s Buffet” website. The main driving force behind this submission has admittedly changed direction somewhat, but still predominantly concerns producing a number of 15mm Retained Knights from “The Ion Age” range by “Alternative Armies”, who will be led by a (converted) 28mm Retained Knight.

However, I’m now fully committed to ‘pumping out’ a mechanised contingent of infantry and vehicles to use for my reimaging of the Blood Angels Adeptus Astartes during the Horus Heresy. Unfortunately though, this has meant that I’ve needed to order a few reinforcement figures to help mix-up the variety of my ‘Space Marine’ stands, and a few resin armoured vehicles to help support my troops on the tabletop…

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