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 Atlas AS7-CM.
Supplies and Bitz
Atlas [IWM 20-942RE]
Fenrir Turrets [IWM BT-391]
Banner (optional) [from IWM 20-5095]
Armorcast Cinematic Effects (optional) [ACFX002]
This is why record sheets are important!
Making this modification requires a minimal bit of effort to make a great miniature a unique model. For the left arm, carefully remove the laser with a razor saw. File down the area to make it flat and even. You may need to also file out the panel line at the wrist. To add the anti-missile system, clean and glue the Fenrir turret on the shoulder. You could mount this on the forearm--the shoulder had a more appealing aesthetic for me.
To mount the sashimono (banner), drill a small hole in the back of the model where the mounting peg will fit--about between the lasers. You may need to file a notch in the "bump" on the back so that the pole fits correctly.
The hip-mounted piece will need the holes filled with green stuff. After it sets (about 24 hours from the application), trim and file it down smooth with the rest of the piece.
To make it especially dramatic, add the Armorcast Cinematic Effects to the muzzle (debates about Gauss Rifle flashes aside). The muzzle flash fits well, but may need some green stuff to fill it in and a good pinning to hold it.
Command, Control, and Communication Systems Engaged
Before paint hits this piece, antenna will be installed to make sure it has a look reminiscent of a command vehicle. Even with this detail, building this mod is relatively simple. The tools and skills needed to do this are excellent introductions to build foundations for more complex projects with razor saws and green stuff.
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