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“The Shadow Cat Is A Heavily-Armed And Manoeuvrable Medium OmniMech…”

“…Developed by Clan Nova Cat to replace the Ice Ferret in the early 31st century.”

This 1:285 scale pre-built plastic model of a Shadow Cat is produced by “Catalyst Game Labs” and can be found together with a Dire Wolf, Summoner, Stormcrow, and Mist Lynx 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 Hawker class British War Walker for an upcoming Weird War Two campaign using some homemade rules, I decided to go with a predominantly light brown palette.


Employing the weight-saving technology of “an Endo Steel internal structure”, the 35mm tall figure was initially given a double undercoat of “Vallejo” Earth and shaded in “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade. It was then dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” Earth with a softly-bristled make-up blusher brush, and had its rather prominent cockpit’s windows ‘picked out’ with a dab of “Citadel” Abaddon Black.

"Americans will always fight for liberty."

So as to add a bit of interest to the rather bleak-pigmented model I decided to tie its colour scheme in better with that of the Hawker Hurricane, and resultantly identified a few ‘points of interest’ on both its arms and legs which could be ‘picked out’ using a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Green and “Citadel” Biel-Tan Green. I later gave these areas a careful dry-brush of (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Green to help highlight the sculpt’s impressive details.


I also applied some “Vallejo” Gunmetal, and later a splattering of “Citadel” Nuln Oil, to the Shadow Cat’s formidably sized Gauss Rifle, its two Extended Range (ER) Medium Lasers, some air vents and knee-joints. Lastly, I dug out one of the smallest Union Flag transfers I could find within my collection of “Decal Details” and placed it just above the medium-sized mech’s cock-pit. I had also hoped to apply a roundel or two to the war walker, but simply couldn’t find any suitable locations on its Ferro-Fibrous armour.

"Battletech" WIPs - This Adder and Shadow Cat are currently having some base layers applied

I have however, managed to finish working on second plastic model of a Stinger to use as a Curtiss-Class American War Walker. This “Catalyst Game Labs” figure can be found inside the company’s ““Battletech: Inner Sphere Command Lance” boxed set, and was painted using “Vallejo” US Olive Drab in exactly the same way as the first small Allied mech I completed earlier this month.


In addition, I’ve been progressing some British reinforcements in the shape of a second Shadow Cat, and significantly smaller Adder. Both will predominantly feature similar colour schemes to that of my Hawker-class mech. But I have actually repositioned my duplicate Shadow Cat by ‘unplugging’ its carapace from its legs, filing down the square peg used to join the two parts together, and super-gluing them back having turned the torso around somewhat to face in a different direction…

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wsd50
24 de jun. de 2021

Right OK you can stop this now!! or I'm going to end up buying some of these blooming things! Keep looking at them on the net, and "Travelling Man's" images of the box game keeps popping up in yahoo!!!


I blame you so hard for this! 😉


Cheers Roger.


(oh they are very nicely painted though, but that's no excuse!!)

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
24 de jun. de 2021
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😈

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planetmut
22 de jun. de 2021

Man, you're really churning out these guys and they look great! I like the look of the Adder's cockpit, it's reminiscent of the Millennium Falcon lol.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
22 de jun. de 2021
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Thanks Planetmut. I do try to stay with the theme I set for any given month. But these Battletech models have really captured my imagination currently, and I'm a big advocate of painting what inspires rather than slogging through a 500pt scouting force of Boromites, LOL!!!


I hadn't noticed the similarities between the Adder's cockpit and a Corellian YT-1300f light freighter. But you're spot on!!! 😀

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undercoat2670
22 de jun. de 2021

Very nice mechs. I like British ones a lot, both in terms of design and colour. I do like the US one too! Are you painting the red circle as the circular target motif that you see on British planes? That would be awesome! This is a great little project, loving it!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
22 de jun. de 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. I was actually following a genuine Sopwith Camel colour scheme for the Adder, so wanted to see what the red nose looked like. It won't be the blue, white, red motiff you're imaging though, just pure red. I think it looks a little too much like Rudolph the Reindeer tbh. Most of the Sopwiths I've been looking at had a silver nose, so I may well go with that for this particular model instead.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
22 de jun. de 2021

Great work on all your mechs Simon, the American one looks a bit dark, but that could easily be the photograph, the two English ones are progressing well, and nice little conversion

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
22 de jun. de 2021
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Thanks Dave. The “Vallejo” US Olive Drab is a very dark colour and certainly makes the decals stand out on the mechs. I don't plan to use it for all my American war walkers, but it makes for a really straightforward paint-job 😉


I'm having a lot of fun with the British war walkers and the conversion was super-simple. Once these guys are finished, I should easily have enough to do some small skirmish-based battles and post up the odd BatRep.

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