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“The Standard Against Which All Battle Armour Is Measured.”


“The Elemental battle armour was first introduced in 2868 by Clan Wolf."

These six 1:285 scale plastic Elemental figures are made by “Catalyst Game Labs” and can be found inside the company’s “Battletech: Clan Elemental Star” boxed set. The pre-assembled miniatures are actually supplied in groups of five miniatures on five hexagonal-shaped stands. However, as I plan to use them as power-armour wearing super-soldiers for my upcoming Weird War Two campaign utilising some homemade rules, I decided to rebase them in threes on some “Citadel” 25mm round bases.


Due to wanting all the 6mm sized infantrymen to represent the Polish defenders of Warsaw, they were all primed in “Vallejo” Heavy Brown and subsequently shaded using “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade. I then dry-brushed them with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Brown and ‘picked out’ their anti-personnel machine gun using a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil.

"Catalyst Game Labs" WIPs - An Ebon Jaguar and some Elemental battle-suits

I also decided to apply some “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey to their twin-tube short-range missile launchers, shaded them with a splash of “Citadel” Nuln Oil, and later give them a delicate ‘once over’ with a smidgeon more “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey. Lastly, I layered some “Vallejo” Sombre Grey to the super-soldiers’ smoke trails, washed them with “Citadel” Nuln Oil and dry-brushed their jet-streams using some (more) “Vallejo” Sombre Grey and a touch of White too.


Having completed my meagre 1939 Polish force, unless until I can acquire an extra Jenner Inner Sphere BattleMech figure or two, I’ve begun working on some reinforcements for my invading German Heer army. I’ve previously already painted quite a large collection of models to use on the tabletop as the Wehrmacht, but thought that the sculpt of an Ebon Jaguar would mix in well as a slightly heavier, more advanced model of the Stormcrow miniatures I’ve been predominantly using as Heinkel Flugzeugwerke class War Walkers. In addition, the move has given me an excuse to assemble some German super-soldiers too, which I can easily pigment alongside their much larger killing machine, as they’ll all share very similar colour schemes.

"Only two cuirassier regiments were raised during the English Civil War."

Lastly, I have actually found and resultantly repainted a small stand of old Cuirassiers by “Pendraken Miniatures” so that they’re actually fighting for Parliament rather than the King using a dollop of “Vallejo” Heavy Orange and dash of “Citadel” Casandora Yellow. These 10mm English Civil War cavalry models were actually finished over a decade ago, and have been doing little, except gathering dust, in a small box until I recently encountered them.


Somewhat shockingly, I’ve also discovered a rather large contingent of fully-painted Pike and Musket accompanying them, so have spent a little time trying to work out whether I own a useable “Black Powder” army or not. All of the figures, including nine Cuirassiers, all wear the predominantly red colours of the King’s Guard. However, having perused my copy of “To Kill A King” it would seem that only the likes of Lord Essex’s Parliamentarian army of 1943 used the pistol-carrying heavy cavalry units (and then with only a “maximum of one unit in the army” during its early incarnations).

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wsd50
Feb 22, 2022

Nice stuff mate ED209 ( sorry Ebon Jaguar) being the stand out piece for me, what a great little sculpt, looking forward to seeing that painted. The battle suits have come out well too,


Those 10mm cuirassier figs are rather nice, but how can you have forgotten what you had painted! I have forgotten where I've put figs on numerous occasions (often it turns out I've sold them on!), but nearly always remember painting them 😉.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 22, 2022
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Cheers Roger. The Ebon Jaguar and some of the German battlesuits are now finished. So should be posted up over the next week or so, once submitted for the AHPC.


I did recall painting some 10mm ECW, but it wasn't until I'd actually found the box they were in and laid them out en-mass that I realised I had painted quite so many. I certainly now aim to see whether I can complete enough for an actual game of Black Powder in the near future.

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planetmut
Feb 22, 2022

“The Standard Against Which All Battle Armour Is Measured"? I think the Emperor would like a word LOL! Great work on the Elementals and the mech, it has a real ED-209 look about it :-) Looking forward to seeing more!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 22, 2022
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Thanks Matt. Lots more Elementals to come as I try to get some troops tabletop ready for all the main factions for my Weird War Two setting. The Ebon Jaguar doe indeed look a lot like ED-209 doesn't it. Not sure which design came first.

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undercoat2670
Feb 21, 2022

I really like those Polish forces. The design, the colour scheme and the combination of a force of mechs and troopers makes them a stand out for me. Great stuff.

Nice to see the Germans getting some troops for their mech force. I also like the two tone scheme for the mechs.

Those are surprisingly detailed 10mm figures. I really like those. Not sure I could paint that smal as I find 15mm small enough!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 21, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. I do like the Polish palette, and will try to get an additional Jenner mech or two if the opportunity arises. I definitely prefer the two-tone Heer colour scheme to the darker grey one I started with. The greener-grey works really well imho.


I'm certainly moving into a massive non-28mm phase currently. I just like having figures finished in a single session, and love the idea of fighting large-scale battle with lots of little models rather than 28mm skirmish.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Feb 21, 2022

Great work on the Elemental warsuits Simon, they look very effective, and the other set and Mech are progressing well. Nice find on the cuirassiers and adapting them to their new role.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Feb 21, 2022
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Thanks Dave. I've a lot more Weird War Walkers coming, and probably a fair few ECW repaints too now I've started sorting them out in useable units.

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