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“The Nova Is A Versatile Medium OmniMech…”

“…That is capable of acting as a workhorse design in most forces.”

This 1:285 scale plastic model of a Nova is made by “Catalyst Game Labs” and can be bought together with the Executioner, Timber Wolf, Adder, and Grendel 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. However, as I plan to employ this particular sculpt as a Dornier class Finnish War Walker for an upcoming Weird War Two campaign using some homemade rules, I decided to go with a predominantly white palette.


“Equipped with a 250 XL Model SF-2 Fusion Engine”, the 34mm tall figure was originally primed using two layers of “Vallejo” German Grey, shaded in “Citadel” Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” German Grey with a softly-bristled make-up blusher brush. It was then treated to a watered-down coat of “Citadel” White Scar to replicate the Finnish force’s attempt to provide the mech with some basic camouflage during the Continuation War’s wintry months.

The Axis Forces attempt to hold off a Soviet strike during The Continuation War.

In addition, I wanted to show a lot of wear and tear on the war machine, so started dabbing various edges on the miniature with a piece of torn foam covered in “Vallejo” German Grey. This was actually applied to certain areas using a pair of tweezers, as some of the spaces between the sculpt’s limbs were simply too close together to allow me to reach them whilst holding the foam with my fingers.


I also went back over a lot of the flatter surfaces with some more foam, this time with “Citadel” White Scar on it, to suggest where the Finnish camouflage had firmly remained in place. Once I was content with the overall weathering on the Nova, I applied a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil to some of its exhaust vents, and the main ‘bolts’ holding its two laser-toting arms in place.

"The Blood Angels were the IX Legion of the original Space Marine Legions under their Primarch Sanguinius."

As a final touch I applied a couple of “Hakaristi”, or hooked crosses, from my collection of “Decal Details” and positioned them onto the model’s shin armour plating.

Frustratingly, I wasn’t entirely happy as to how these transfers stood out with their white circles against a predominantly “Vallejo” German Grey background, so in the end dabbed at them a bit with some extra “Citadel” White Scar on a piece of foam.


Alongside the latest addition to my Axis Weird War Two walkers, I have completed three more 15mm Retained Knights sold by “Alternative Armies”. Available as part of the company’s "The Ion Age" range, I've actually painted these figures up predominantly using “Vallejo” Heavy Red and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson to proxy some Horus Heresy Blood Angels from the "Warhammer 40K" universe.

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undercoat2670
Jul 15, 2021

Your new mech does look very weather beaten and worn so you have achieved your desired effect there! You must have quite the collection now. Those stands of Ion Age minis look so good when painted up and based. Very good job on those, a very effective look on the tabletop I suspect when deployed with their mates.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 15, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. I think the winter-look actually looks better from a distance on the tabletop than closer-up. It'll be interesting to see how the effect works over an initially green-painted vehicle - as was the case with the Soviet vehicles. I certainly have enough Mechs done now for a BatRep or two. I just want to get a bit more 6mm "TimeCast" scenery completed first.


I love the Ion Age stuff, and certainly plan a few group shots once the main infantry unit is finished - just one more stand of infantry to complete.

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wsd50
Jul 14, 2021

Nice work on the Nova (my first two cars were Nova's too, though of the Vauxhall variety😉 ). the paintwork has come out really well on this one.


The Blood Angels look great too, I've had a bit of a slump this week myself, hopefully the weekend I'll get something done (or at least started).


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 14, 2021
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Thanks Roger. hopefully once I've finished the final base of 15mm Blood Angels I'll be able to post up a pic of the force in all its glory, LOL!!! Still have a few vehicles to do for the army too.

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planetmut
Jul 14, 2021

The white snow-camo look has worked really well on that Finnish one! The weathering looks great too, and those colours really make it pop against the darker Soviet mechs. Nice one!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 14, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. I thought it'd make a nice contrast to the predominantly dark grey mechs of the Germans. If I ever manage to get another Wasp, I might do a similar paint-scheme on that one, as the Finnish were known for repairing damaged Soviet tanks left behind on the battlefield and using them for their own army.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jul 14, 2021

Great work on the Mech Simon, really like the weathering and camo pattern you've done, and another great looking stand of Blood Angels as well

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 14, 2021
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Thanks Dave. Much appreciated. I'm using a few of the mechs as test pieces for FoW tank/vehicle camos etc, and have my eye set on a Finnish force at some point. Just one more (not) Blood Angels base to do, and that'll be the main force finished - though I'm enjoying these Ion Age figs so much I might do some more as and when time permits. LOL!!!

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