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“The Valkyrie Was Originally Planned For Use By The Star League Defence Force.”

Updated: Feb 9, 2022

“But production of the BattleMech did not begin until 2787, after the fall of the Star League."

This 1:285 scale plastic model of a Valkyrie is made by “Catalyst Game Labs” and can be bought together with a Marauder, Archer, and Stinger 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 Focke-Wulf class German War Walker for an upcoming Weird War Two campaign utilising some homemade rules, I decided to go with a predominantly blue-grey palette.


Resultantly, the 33mm tall figure was initially primed using two layers of “Vallejo” Luftwaffe Uniform WWII and shaded in “Citadel” Nuln Oil. It was then dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” Luftwaffe Uniform WWII with a softly-bristled make-up blusher brush, and had its tiny windows ‘picked out’ with a dab of “Citadel” Abaddon Black.

"Battletech" WIPs - A Shadow Cat and Adder Prime are being painted as British War Walkers

In order to add a bit of interest to “the standard light Mech of the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns” I decided to apply a coat of “Vallejo” Gunmetal to its right gun-arm, chest-housed missile system, arm joints, rear rocker launcher and calf-mounted dual jets and later treat these areas to a wash of “Citadel” Nuln Oil. I also pulled out a German cross and some numerals from my collection of “Decal Details” and managed to squeeze them onto two flat pieces of armour plating on the sculpt's legs.


I did consider whether to add a swastika transfer to the model too, but ultimately decided against this as I intend to make the origins of my Third Reich war walkers’ manufacturing quite distinctive from one another for my games. In my Weird War Two campaign this particular Mech has been designed, developed, built and is being used by the German Air Force, whereas some of the other machines will belong to either the Wehrmacht or Waffen-SS, and it’ll be the latter military branch’s ‘Bots who’ll be adorned with the controversial emblem.

"Rocket Pig Games" WIPs - This Fungal Giant is slowly having its fungi picked out

In addition to my Axis forces, I have made some more progress on the Shadow Cat “Battletech” model I aim to paint up as a British Hawker-class War Walker. My intention is to get both this medium-sized mech and a similarly-sized French-flavoured one finished, and throw them into a battle against three smaller Axis machines to test out my homebrew rule-set. I have though, added a recently purchased Adder Prime model to my painting queue, in the hopes of providing the British with an additional attacking option during the early days of my Weird War Two campaign.


Lastly, I am desperately trying not to get overwhelmed with too many new projects, and persevere with a number of “Rocket Pig Games” resin figures 3D printed by "FullyCycled". This Fungal Giant should have been a fairly straightforward subject, but my enthusiasm for it was somewhat wilted upon its arrival when I saw that the 40mm scale model was disappointingly only 38mm in height…

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undercoat2670
Jun 17, 2021

The German mech looks really nice, but in terms of design the British ones look more interesting to me. This is turning into a cracking little project!

Not really a Fungal Giant given the size you describe but what a nice sculpt and the paint job so far is superb. You have really brought out the details in your WIP.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 17, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. I tend to view the British mentality for War Walkers as simply slapping a few things together and seeing how it fares, as opposed to the more sophisticated design of the Germans, LOL!!.


The Fungal Giant's size is a massive disappointment tbh. But the detail on the sculpt is excellent, and I'll certainly be considering getting some more in the future.

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wsd50
Jun 14, 2021

The German mech looks great, I might have been tempted to make it an SS mech as the "control bubble" or head has an almost Skull look to it to my eye, the colour looks great though. The Adder was always one of my favourite mechs (the the original Marauder was my No1), Should paint up really nicely in you scheme).


That's a cracking mini of a fungal giant (or should that be fungal dwarf 😉), the painting on him so far is excellent!


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 14, 2021
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Thanks Roger. As the Valkyrie looks a bit more sophisticated than most of the mechs I own, I thought it being designed/built by the 'cutting edge' German air force would be a nice bit of background fluff. I do have a couple of Waffen-SS mechs in mind though, which will doubtless attract a few disagreeable decals etc.


Should have the Fungal Giant finished soon, but I keep finding toadstools I missed on his limbs etc. LOL!!!

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Jun 14, 2021

Great work on the German Mech Simon, I can see how the simple grey can be more effective on the style of model, compared to say the colour scheme of say a Messerschmitt. Good progress on the British Mech as well. Like the design of the Fungal giant, shame about the height, can be difficult with 3D models knowing what their size will be

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 14, 2021
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Much appreciated, Dave. The medium-sized mechs will be a little more colourful than their smaller brethren as a whole, as I have a bit more detail to 'pick out' in different colours. The Fungal Giant's size was a real disappointment, as I was expecting quite a beast at 40mm. I think that's been the only downside to 3D printing for me - Is not quite knowing what you're going to be getting until you open the package.

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planetmut
Jun 14, 2021

Your Mechs are coming along really well, and I really like the blue-grey look of the Valkyrie. And that Fungal Giant looks awesome and incredibly creepy, I can't wait to see it finished!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jun 14, 2021
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Thanks very much indeed, Planetmut. The “Vallejo” Luftwaffe Uniform WWII is a gorgeous colour imho, so expect a few more German air force mechs in the future. Hopefully, the Fungal Giant will be finished soon, I do have another finished "Rocket Pig Games" 3D print to post first though.

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