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“The Phoenix Hawk Quickly Became The standard…”

“…By which all other reconnaissance 'Mechs were measured.”

This 1:285 scale plastic model of a Phoenix Hawk is made by “Catalyst Game Labs” and can be bought together with a Warhammer, Rifeman, and Wasp in the company’s “Battletech: Inner Sphere Battle Lance” boxed set. I have already previously painted one of these sculpts up as a Lockheed-class American War Walker using a predominantly “Vallejo” US Olive Drab and “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade palette.


However, this time round I imagined this particular Weird War Two killing machine might have been manufactured much later in the worldwide conflict, and would thus sport one of the more vibrantly confident colour schemes seen on the American Thunderbolt or Mustang. As a result, the 42mm tall figure was initially primed using two layers of “Vallejo” Silver and shaded in “Citadel” Nuln Oil.

"Battletech" WIPs - The Phoenix Hawk was primed "Vallejo" Silver and shaded in "Citadel" Nuln Oil

I then enthusiastically dry-brushed the heavily-armoured mech with (more) “Vallejo” Silver using a softly-bristled make-up blusher brush, before taking a little “Citadel” Abaddon Black to ‘pick out’ its tiny windows. With the core colour now in place, I turned my attention to working on the figure’s extremities, and started by pigmenting its lower legs were pigmented using a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and “Citadel” Drakenhof Nightshade.


Besides having this light blue underbelly, quite a few of the American WW2 aeroplanes also seemed to sport plenty of dark blue markings too, so I subsequently applied some old “Citadel” Fenris Grey to the miniature’s outer arms, shoulders and jump jets. These areas were shaded using “Citadel” Nuln Oil and dry-brushed with (more) Fenris Grey.

Two Lockheed-class American War Walkers survey a shell-shocked battlefield

In addition, I decided to replicate the prominent nose of a Mustang by applying some “Vallejo” Heavy Red and “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson to the Phoenix Hawk’s head. Lastly, I treated the right-handed mech’s Harmon Large Laser and jet exhausts to a lick of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and splash of “Citadel” Nuln Oil, before applying several American Star and Stripes transfers by “Decal Details” onto the machine’s shoulder-pads, forearms and lower legs.


Alongside my latest Weird War Two war walker, I have also finished off a few more pieces of terrain for Dave Stone’s Season Of Scenery challenge over on his excellent “Wargames Terrain Workshop” blog. These 6mm resin 6mm Shell holes and Craters are produced by “TimeCast”, and have been super-glued onto some “Citadel” 60mm and 75mm oval bases to designate areas of difficult ground. The features were given an Abaddon Black undercoat, followed by a rough layer of Doombull Brown, a highlight of Rakarth Flesh and finally, a splash Agrax Earthshade wash.

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undercoat2670
Jul 15, 2021

I too get a Transformers vibe from the new colour scheme, but looking at some pictures of WW2 planes you have got the look very much spot on. I think the brighter colour scheme is a great addition and contrasts well with the more drab camo look of the army units. The scenery looks terrific and fits in so with so many games it was a good choice.

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Blaxkleric
Jul 15, 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. Having looked I think there's almost a reverse Optimus Prime going on. However, as you say, this was the colour scheme the US seemed to favour later in WW2, and that's what I was after. Indeed, all the colours were taken from a single plane, 😀


I'm loving the 6mm resin "TimeCast" scenery, and hope to have a lot more posted up over the next month (or two) as I work my way through my collection.

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planetmut
Jul 09, 2021

As Roger says, this one does have a touch of Transformers about it but I love the colour combo. The silver, blue and red work really well together and as the red and blue are muted it keeps it this side of serious. Nice stuff!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 09, 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. I've just copied colours used on the US WW2 planes, and applied them where I thought they'd look best. I'll certainly be considering the colour scheme for some of the other US Mechs when I tackle them.

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wsd50
Jul 09, 2021

Very nicely done mate, for some reason this one reminds me of a "Transformer" more than the Khaki and Olive ones do 😀.


Oh and look there's some more of your "Season of Scenery" craters! 😉 of course I remember when your table was all fields! 😁


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jul 09, 2021
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Thanks Roger. There is definitely a Transformer vibe to this one, but I really like all the strong colours the Americans went with on their planes as the war progressed, and thought they might do something similar with their mechs too. Plus, it beats just applying Olive Drab to a model, shading it and then moving on to the next.


Lots of 6mm scenery from "TimeCast" coming, as I'll be using it to populate my mech Weird War Two tabletop. Hopefully, I can get 2-3 pieces posted a week and really crank through it.

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