Welcome to Mod Monday! One of the best ways to make your force stand apart from the rank and file and attract new players to the table is with creative and unique game pieces. While Battletech and Alpha Strike aren't WYSIWYG (wee-see-wig, "What you see is what you get") like other games, modifications, reposes, and creative construction enhance the gaming experience. In Mod Mondays, we look at cool modifications and tutorials to build dynamic and different models.
For this post, I'll walk you through the build of a work in progress, moderately challenging, Nyx with a C3 slave.
Something reminiscent of a Jenner II, the Nyx is a speedy Strike and fade unit. With a shared aesthetic and similar performance Profile, the most noticeable diffference is the lack of jump jets. What is looses from being grounded, however, it makes up for with a significantly increased ground speed. Add a C3 computer to its load out, like the NX-80C, and you have a tough to catch spotter.
This is another case where record sheets are very helpful.
The standard NX-80 carries a top-mounted SRM6. To make room for the C3 computer, the -80C downgrades this to an SRM4 system. This mod is relatively easy, with a few cuts of a razor saw and a little bit of greenstuff.
With a razor saw, cut across the top of the torso, under the nibbly bits that hold the missile rack in place and theory to under the first tube on either side. Tracing the slope of the tubes, the cut down the space between the outermost missiles and their closest neighboring tubes. (Keep these for your bitz box.)
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If you preserved the nibbly bitz, carefully align and reglue onto the torso. If you didn't--like this guy--you'll need to whom out and mix up some greenstuff to sculpt these. Don't worry if you're not familiar with greenstuff. The relative ease of sculpting two slightly slopped blocks is easy and a good starting point for your adventures into sculpting!
If you're also sloppy with your saw work, you may need to reconstruct some of the torso--like this guy.
With a little more work, you can turn a Nyx into a swift, C3 spotter to accompany your C3M Komodo from last week.
Have Nyx mods of your own? Share them in the comments!
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