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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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planetmut
Jun 20, 2021

I really like both the mechs, but I have to agree with other commenters that the positioning of the Mist Lynx's right foot is weird and makes it look like it's got a broken ankle. But there's nothing wrong with the painting of either of them, they both look great and I love the use of contrasting colours to add interest.


Your Blood Angels stand-ins are looking good too!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 20, 2021
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Thanks very much, Planetmut. I think I might have a second Mist Lynx model in my collection, in which case I'll be taking a look as to whether I can do something about the weird foot angle. However, it's clearly meant to look that way, as that is what it looks like in all the photographs.


Hopefully, I can get some of my finished 15mm Horus Heresy Blood Angels posted up soon now some of the 'reinforcements' have arrived, as I have a few completed. It's just a matter of squeezing them into the posting schedule, LOL!!

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undercoat2670
Jun 19, 2021

Two nice mechs, looking really good. I like the design of the German one, apart from that rear leg, looks quite a chunky machine. How many have you done now? A fair few I will bet.

So you have purchased more minis for your Forgotten Heroes? Hmmmm, I am not sure they are forgotten heroes any more If they are brand new!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 19, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. I think I've posted up five Mechs so far, but have a fair few more finished ready for posting later this month.


Unfortunately, I simply didn't have any more of a couple of poses I needed to add some variety to the infantry stands, and then spotted Alternative Armies were doing some deals on a few vehicles - hence the spending splurg. Luckily, Forgotten Heroes isn't about minis I've forgotten about, but figs being 'converted' or 'repainted' into other figs which don't exist - hence my theme of 15mm Horus Heresy 😀

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wsd50
Jun 18, 2021

Very nice, I do like the way you are doing your mechs, though the back foot on the German one looks a little awkwardly positioned, though that might just be the photo. Glad to hear you're going to be hitting the Ret'knights again soon, I too was beginning to wonder what was happening with them (though I'm too much of a gentleman to say anything, plus you'd probably just bring up Hott'ember again 🙄).


Cheers Roger. 😁

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 18, 2021
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Thanks Roger. I too don't like the rear foot on the Mech. It's twisted for some reason, perhaps to suggest movement, but it simply doesn't look right. It's not a poorly assembled mini either, as I have a second one to paint, which is similarly posed.


Lots of Retained Knights and vehicle support should be arriving and being posted soon - I hope. I have a fair few painted already, but want to do a couple of big FH postings with them - as opposed to just a wee mini here and there.

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Simon Quinton
Simon Quinton
Jun 18, 2021

Very nicely done mate!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 18, 2021
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Cheers Simon. Very much appreciated 😀

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Jun 18, 2021

Great work on the two Mechs Simon, easily distinguishable between the two forces.

Nice progress on your stand in Blood Angels, was only thinking yesterday that I hadn't seen much on your FH project, with your comments above I now know why.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 18, 2021
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Thanks Dave. I was thinking about doing a couple of German War Walkers in "Vallejo" German Fieldgrey WW2, but its a bit green and was worried about them potentially clashing - especially when my campaign moves away from the war's early days and the Germans fought the Russians.


I'm still waiting on the reinforcements to arrive unfortunately. Although they are in the post apparently. Once they arrive though, it should be all guns blazing, as I should be able to finish an infantry stand a day.

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