To motivate myself painting my last battlemechs, I participated in the end of the year contest on the Battletech Facebook page. I build a hexagon base to fit all 4 mechs on it as a display for my Lance.
Since I’m doing a lot of historical and fantasy stuff lately, it is time for some science fiction. Keeping that in mind I’m going back to a real classic game. Battletech. I painted my first mech for my clan “Ghost Bear” force. A iconic Mad Cat (wich is by far my favorite Battlemech). I’m going roughly with the Delta Galaxy paint scheme of grey with some blue highlights.
I converted this one slightly to get a more dynamic pose, lifting the right leg and cut of the ankle to glue it in a proper position for the foot. It came out quiet nice in the end, at the cost of some sturdiness of the whole miniature (considering that the upper body just is a heavy bulk of metal). To make the torso removable I added small magnets into the joints which really helps transporting the Cat (and I can traverse the torso now, to aim for the enemy ;)).
I used VMC USMC Tank Highlight as the base colour, for the light gray I just brightened it up with white and added black for the dark grey parts. For the blue highlights I used GW kantor blue, brightend up with some old Pegasus light blue. Since I was to lazy and maybe to stingy to buy all the waterslight transfers I need, I just did some rough freehands.
All in all, it was a nice kit but you have to put in much clean up work to get rid of all the mold lines (I didn’t get all). But in the end I got a really awesome Battlemech which hopefully crushes all enemy resistance 🙂