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“The Mongrel Received Its Baptism Of Fire…”


“…During the Battle of Tukayyid.”

This 1:285 scale plastic model of a Mongrel (Grendel) is manufactured by “Catalyst Game Labs” and can be found together with an Executioner, Timber Wolf, Nova, and Adder in the company’s “Battletech: Clan Invasion” boxed set. All the pre-assembled miniatures in this “supplement to the BattleTech: A Game of Armoured Combat box” come with an assortment of Alpha Strike cards depicting various colour schemes. But as I plan to use this particular sculpt as a Centauro class Italian War Walker for an upcoming Weird War Two campaign using some homemade rules, I decided to go with a predominantly green palette.


“Commonly seen leading light Star [formations], especially on deep reconnaissance and raiding missions”, the 38mm tall figure was initially undercoated with “Vallejo” Heavy Green, shaded in “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green, and dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Green. I then ‘picked out’ the armoured combat vehicle’s numerous exhaust ports, its Extended Range [ER] large laser, medium lasers and Streak short range missiles using a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil. These areas were later carefully dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Gunmetal.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - This "Epic" Robot is slowly having its details picked out

Ordinarily, I would then have left the miniature alone, apart from apply a few well-placed transfers onto any suitably-sized plates of Ferro-Fibrous armour. However, I actually found the 1/600 WWII Italian Insignia by “Decal Details” to be decidedly lacking in Italian national flags, so ended using the Mongrel’s left shoulder instead. As a result the top part was pigmented using a combination of “Vallejo” Dark Green and “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green, the middle segment layered with “Vallejo” White and a little Pale Grey, and finally it’s bottom section daubed in “Vallejo” Heavy Red and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson.


In addition to my latest Weird War Two walker, I have also been working on a 6mm scale “Epic” plastic robot by “Games Workshop”. I have actually found myself owning quite a few of these, following a rummage through an old box of “Space Marine” and the original “Adeptus Titanicus”, so plan of painting a few up during the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) to represent the various main chapters of the Adeptus Astartes.

"Warlord Games" WIPs - Just three more Confederate soldiers to finish on this strip

For starters though, I thought I’d apply my brush-tip to a solitary test piece, and pilot the straightforward colour scheme I intend using for all my Space Wolves. Despite the (second-hand) space marine infantry I currently own being predominantly primed in black, I’m also still hoping to get a couple of stands of Leman Russ’ ferocious warriors ready for the table-top, courtesy of a little flutter on “eBay” and the imminent arrival of some Mk VII armoured defenders of Humanity.


Lastly, I’m now about three-quarters of the way to completing the last of this year’s Weekly Challenges, randomly chosen by the turning of a playing card. Rather embarrassingly it’s actually been ten months since I last touched these 15mm scale plastic Confederate soldiers by “Warlord Games”. Nonetheless, fingers crossed it shouldn’t be too long now before I can finally field an entire twenty-man stand of Alabama soldiers for "Epic Battles: American Civil War" table-top game.

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wsd50
18. Dez. 2021

Wow you have been busy since I last looked on the net! loads of great stuff to see, but as I have all the blogs I follow to wade through I comment here on everything Love the mech smashing colours in that! nice progress on the 6mm robot too and you Bloodletters from a couple of posts back are top stuff as are you face huggers!


I completely forgotten about you ACW figs (I thought you had too tbh 😉), so nice to see these back as well'


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
18. Dez. 2021
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Cheers Roger. Just spending some time before the insanity of the AHPC starts to finish off some of this year's Weekly Challenges. The ACW figures are now finished, and just waiting to be varnished before being placed on the stand with the other ten I painted at the start of the year, LOL!!! Lots of Epic and Blood Bowl Dwarves planned for the rest of the month, now the Weekly projects are all done.

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planetmut
16. Dez. 2021

Love the shade of green you've used on that mech! And the Epic robot is coming along nicely. Have you ever seen the batshit robot colour schemes published by GW?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
17. Dez. 2021
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Yes. It was all the yellow and black hatching markings which used to really terrify me. There's no way I'm doing that on a 6mm scale figure, LOL!!!

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undercoat2670
16. Dez. 2021

Good job on your mech for weird war 2. You must have loads as you have a lot of countries done now. The test piece robot for epic seems to be coming along nicely as do your ACW figures. I love the variety of different coloured trousers, hats and jackets. Hats off for such painstaking work, but it looks great for the more rag tag Confederate forces that existed. Great stuff!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
16. Dez. 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. I believe I have mechs representing Germany, Italy, Japan, America, Britain, France, Russia and Finland. I still have a mind to do one for Romania and Hungary too at some point. But now I've finished all the small and medium walkers from the Battletech first wave, I'll be predominantly sticking to Germany, Britain, America and Russia for the large/super-large models.


The Alabama colour scheme (black brim hat and blue jacket) is great, imho, as it allows me to really mix up the colours a lot. Does take a long time to paint a single fig though as a result. 😁

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
16. Dez. 2021

Great work on the Mongrel Simon, I do like those batletech miniatures. Nice progress on your epic mech, and almost there on the ACW stand.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
16. Dez. 2021
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Thanks Dave. I've just got hold of four boxes of the Battletech second wave figures, so I hope there's plenty more mechs to come during 2022. I still have all the large and super-large figures from the first wave to finish too - LOL!!!


Just a test piece for the Epic stuff, and it should be posted up at the end of this week. Lot of figures from this range planned for the AHPC, as I'd really like to get enough finished to at least have a skirmish or two in the near future.


I'm actually rather enjoying the ACW figures currently - taking them one by one rather than en masse. Don't be surprised to see more next year…

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