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“The Viper Is A Fast, Highly-Manoeuvrable Medium OmniMech…”

“…Originally designed by Clan Fire Mandrill on Shadow.”

This 1:285 scale plastic model of a Viper is made by “Catalyst Game Labs” and can be bought together with the Gargoyle, Hellbringer, Mad Dog, and Ice Ferret in the company’s “Battletech: Clan Heavy Striker Star” boxed set. All the pre-assembled miniatures in this “supplement to the BattleTech: A Game of Armoured Combat box” come with an assortment of Alpha Strike cards depicting various colour schemes. However, as I plan to employ this particular sculpt as a Messerschmitt class German War Walker for an upcoming Weird War Two campaign using some homemade rules, I decided to go with a predominantly dark grey palette.


“Fast and well-armoured”, the 36mm tall figure was originally primed using two layers of “Vallejo” German Grey, shaded in “Citadel” Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” German Grey with a softly-bristled make-up blusher brush. I then ‘picked out’ the machine’s feet using a combination of “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey and “Citadel” Nuln Oil. These areas were later dry-brushed with (more) “Vallejo” Heavy bluegrey.

LVL Up WIPs - This Demon Hunter has been assembled using parts taken from two of their blind bitz pots

I also tried to provide the Viper with the Messerschmitt fighter plane’s famous yellow nose by painting the front of its highly prominent cockpit with “Vallejo” Sun Yellow and subsequently shading it with “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade. Finally, the miniature’s joints, exhaust vents, ER Medium Lasers and SRM-6 launcher were treated to some “Vallejo” Gunmetal and a splash of “Citadel” Nuln Oil.


Having finished the latest addition to my 6mm Axis Weird War Two force, I have spent a little time kit-bashing together the first figure in a new project based upon some small bitz boxes sold blind by the LVL Up Gaming Store in Bournemouth. Predominantly made from parts randomly taken from second-hand “Games Workshop” kits, at least as far as I can make out anyway, the small pots contain a mass of arms, weapons, various pouches and the odd leg to add some additional variety to whichever army you’re building.

"The Ion Age" WIPs - These two Retained Knights are being painted as Blood Angel Devastator Space Marines

However, my eldest and I decided to simply purchase a pair of pots each, and use their contents to construct two-to-three ‘character’ models as futuristic demon hunters. The first of my trio is based upon a previously-painted orange Space Marine Sergeant torso, with a load of extra paraphernalia, including what I believe to be the head of a Screamer of Tzeentch.


As I wanted to show that these warriors were slowing being mutated by their persistent close contact with their demonic foes, I also gave him the left arm of a “Mantic Games” Salamander and placed the aforementioned Sky-Shark’s bonce onto his back – to suggest the severed noggin has now been press-ganged into aiding its slayer with whispered advice and directions. Perhaps my favourite conversion though is the mercenary’s right shoulder-pad, which was cut to size from an incomplete Imperial Guard mortar.

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undercoat2670
Aug 14, 2021

Nice looking mech, the yellow really stands out as a great focal point. I like the Blood Angels, coming along nicely. That Demon Hunter kitbash is horrific in a John Carpenter Thing kind of way! Looks more like he has crossed the line to chaos a bit too much too me!!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 14, 2021
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Cheers Undercoat. I think the "Vallejo" Sun Yellow works really well as a contrast against the German Grey. The Demon Hunter has definitely been tainted, LOL!!!

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planetmut
Aug 10, 2021

The mech looks great and the yellow nose gives it a totally recognisable look. And that conversion is excellent and looks suitably Chaotic! I can't believe your games store does sales like that, I wish mine did.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 10, 2021
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Thanks Planetmut. I'm very happy with how the Viper turned out. I'm not sure whose idea it was at LVL Up to sell the bitz boxes, but for £12 I got four pots (two each) and had a terrific weekend with the eldest assembling five figures between us. Some of the parts were clearly failed projects, partially-painted minis etc. But it didn't one bit in our books.

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wsd50
Aug 09, 2021

Good to see you still plugging away at your 15mm Blood Angels, and that's a really striking paint scheme on your mech too, very evocative of the 109.


Do you have a plan for your demon hunters once you've completed them or is it just a modelling distraction? (I have lots of those!!😁 ). Neat idea by your FLGS though.


Cheers Roger.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 09, 2021
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Cheers Roger. Much appreciated. I've absolutely loads of stuff coming from The Ion Age, as we played another three games using it over the weekend, and have lots of ideas for future campaigns etc. Those three Devastators are already finished and just waiting to be posted.


We're going to use the same collaborative core mechanics we're using for our Ion Age games for the demon hunters. I already have plenty of painted Plague Bearers and Bloodletters as opposition, so as soon as we have a pool of 5-6 hunters it'll be game on - with some AARs etc.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Aug 09, 2021

Great work on the mech Simon, a great addition to your forces. An interesting kit bash, and great use of alternative bits, he may want to watch his back with the Inquisition though ! LOL Nice progress on your 15 mm Blood Angels

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Aug 09, 2021
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Thanks Dave. really pleased with how the yellow turned out on the Mech.


I think the little kit-bashing buckets by LVL Up are a great idea, tbh. And it was a lot of fun trying to put something together using just what I was given. I've got two more assembled and still have a ton of bitz left over, so once all three are painted, I'm really looking forward to buying another couple of pots and seeing if I can add to my demon hunters. Btw, if you think this guy is heretical, wait until you see one of the others, LOL!!!

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