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“The Stinger Was A Light BattleMech…”

Updated: Jun 13, 2021

“…Built in 2479 as a direct competitor to the Wasp.”

This 1:285 scale plastic model of a Stinger is made by “Catalyst Game Labs” and can be bought together with a Marauder, Archer, and Valkyrie in the company’s “Battletech: Inner Sphere Command Lance” 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 Curtiss-class American War Walker for an upcoming Weird War Two campaign utilising some homemade rules, I decided to go with a predominantly dark yellowish-green palette.


Resultantly, the 32mm tall figure was initially primed using two layers of “Vallejo” US Olive Drab and shaded in “Citadel” Agrax Earthshade. It was then carefully dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” US Olive Drab with a softly-bristled make-up blusher brush, and had its windows ‘picked out’ with a little “Citadel” Abaddon Black.

"We exist only to serve."

In order to add a bit of contrast to “the second-ever mass-produced recon 'Mech” I applied a combination of “Vallejo” Gunmetal and “Citadel” Nuln Oil to the vehicle’s head antenna and gun-arm. I also stuck an American Star and Stripes transfer by “Decal Details” onto both of the machine’s shoulder-pads.


Alongside my second (6mm) "Battletech" Mech, I have also finished working on the first of two 28mm Federated Security Mutaints originally produced by “Crooked Dice Game Design Studio”. This figure will form a six-woman formation which will accompany Space Commander Travis during my “Blake’s Seven” campaign, and nowadays is actually available from "Beast In The Broch" - along with many other 'dead-ringers' from the BBC science fiction television series.

"The Ion Age" WIPs - These three 15mm Retained Knights have been primed "Vallejo" Heavy Red

Lastly, I’m making some progress with this month’s somewhat sizeable entry for the “Forgotten Heroes” challenge over on the “Carrion Crow’s Buffet” website. The main thrust of this submission admittedly revolves around a (converted) Retained Knight and Noble of Prydia taken from “Alternative Armies” 28mm “The Ion Age” range.


However, I also plan to complete a few stands of the manufacturer’s 15mm Retained Knights range, which will be pigmented to (hopefully) represent the Blood Angels Adeptus Astartes from the Horus Heresy. Ideally, I’d like to get sixteen of the armoured followers of Sanguinius finished before the month is out, and then turn my attention to perhaps getting a brush-tip on a few of Horus Lupercal’s forces too…

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planetmut
12 de jun. de 2021

Another great looking Mech there, I really think they look good in WW2 colours.


Those Retained Knights do have a whiff of the very first Space Marines about them :-)

Curtir
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
14 de jun. de 2021
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Cheers Planetmut. The American Mechs won't all be plain, but I thought this one would be good as a test-piece. Plus I've actually added some more decals to this one to mark it out a bit more. I am though currently doing a larger Mech in the same colour scheme to see how it works on a bigger model.


There is definitely a Rogue Trader 'beaky' vibe to the Retained Knights, LOL!!!

Curtir

undercoat2670
09 de jun. de 2021

Another nice mech. This is shaping up to be a very interesting project indeed. The decals do look very good and finish it off nicely.

Another nice mutaint. Is that them all done now?

Your forgotten heroes is another interesting project. Some marines to accompany the primarchs is a good call.


Curtir
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
09 de jun. de 2021
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Thanks Undercoat. I've got a good half-dozen Mechs finished now, and am powering on through a handful more currently. Ideally, I'd like to do a BatRep or two by the end of the month if I can - as that's usually the best way to show them off.


Just one more Mutaint to go and that'll be all six finished. Then it'll be on to some FedSec robots, before returning to Blake's crew...


I'm hoping to have a base or two of Blood Angels finished by the end of the week, so I can them posted up next week. Sanguinius should be finished by then too.

Curtir

wsd50
09 de jun. de 2021

Lovely work on the Mech, I always imagine that mech converting into a fighter jet (like the Macross original), you can still see the bits of jet here and there 😀.


Again nice work on the Mutant too, she has a bit of a perturbed look on her face, probably Travis has let Blake escape again!


I do like those retained knights, I keep getting inclinations to do some 15mm Sci/fi, But not this year (must resist!!!)


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
09 de jun. de 2021
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Cheers Roger. I know what you mean about the Mechs. Spookily, I'm basing a lot of my paint schemes on WW2 airplane palettes rather than vehicles, so you can expect a couple of US Mechs to be silver and blue - as per their jet fighter colours, in the future.


Funnily, I thought the face was somewhat off on this particular Mutaint in the photos; albeit it looks fine to my naked eye. I think her eyes are a bit too doe-looking, LOL...


The Ion Age Retained Knights are excellent, and I'm hoping to have a few ready for the tabletop by the end of "Forgotten Heroes". I think I'll make my 15mm Horus Heresy project my annual FH entry…

Curtir

wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
09 de jun. de 2021

Great work on the Stinger and mutant Simon, and good progress on the Blood Angels as well

Curtir
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
09 de jun. de 2021
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Thanks Dave. Simply stuff on the Stinger, but compared to many of the other Mechs I've got in front of me, it is definitely one of the smaller figures. I think the 15mm Blood Angels should like quite good when based up across 5-6 stands.

Curtir
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