In Battletech Community, we examine and share the sites, pages, and groups of the mainstay of Battletech and Alpha Strike--the players and hobbyists.
Facebook is one of the best tools to reach out to the global Battletech and Alpha Strike communities. With hundreds and hudreds of pages thrown back from a "Battletech" group search, its easy to lose a afternoon finding groups to join. For players, painters, and hobbysits, Battletech Painting and Customs stands as a leader for sharing the diverse world and work of miniature artists. With an active membership of nearly 1,000 'Mechwarriors, Battletech Painting and Customs has regular competitions, featured artist pictures, a rich and active work-in-progress and tutorial scene, and creative projects from sketching to sculpting!
Battletech Painting and Customs doesn't beat around the bush--it is "a place specifically for painting tips, projects or jsut show off your stuff!"
As the name implies, Battletech Painting and Customs has content for nearly any conceivable aspect of the hobby of painting and customizing miniatures. Two major categories of content keep this page moving: admin generated contests and member created art. Between these two contributions, Battletech Painting and Customs keeps the push notifications coming throughout the day.
The admins keep the community pushing the envelope and improving their skills through contests. Contest guidelines always have clear rules and an interesting challenge, attracting great contributions from painters and modelers across the globe. The most recent, that ran from October through December 2016, challenged members to create a miniature diorama. With great work submitted from some notable artists, the victory went to Chris P. Bacon's "Battle of Wolcott" interpretation. More than just an oportunity to gamble on new techniques, these challenges carry prize support--and what's better than painting for free stuff?
The current contest: paint a Marauder, Catapult, or Mad Cat! What's cooler than that? Find more details at the Battletech Painting and Customs Facebook page!
MEMBER CREATED ART
When not creating spectacular dioramas, the members of Battletech Painting and Customs are working on finding long lost miniatures, sketching out ideas and form studies, modeling cool and interesting mods, and growing as artists. This page is a center for the artistic development of the hobby of Battletech. Member created art keeps this page alive and the hobby moving.
BLOGS AND TUTORIALS
Several of the followers of Battletech Painting and Customs manage their own blogs and websites. With these awesome teams, both the page and contributors can help spread the hobby and, from time to time, give peaks into their craft secrets.
PHOTOBOMBS! What's more, users don't merely throw up pics of giant, stompy robots. Vehicles, tanks, VTOLs, aerospace assesst, battlearmor, even the lowly infantry trooper make their way onto the posts of Battletech Painting and Customs.
Nathan Pelchat is the owner/creator/admin for Battletech Painting and Customs. He built this page to "really focus on the custom, 'hobby' aspect of the rich [Battletech] universe." With aims to inspire fans to new levels of creativity and help teach the skills of the hobby to along the way, Pelchat aims for the page to continue to build mentor-mentee relationships are Battletech begins to build a player base with the next generation.
And he's not just content with reaching across generations.
Pelchat wants to conquer the globe! In the coming year, he hopes that Battletech Painting and Customs will "reach players from across the globe and...with others who share similar hobbies." He continues, "I have personally made several friends who I now converse with and houg out with outside of Facebook." This may be the most noble goal of Battletech Painting and Customs: to be a place for artists from across the globe to share their common bonds and overcome their differences--be they as minor as languages and citizenship or as major as faction alliances and fan-systems!
A combination of his dedicated administration and the work of artists from Asia, through Europe, and into the Americas keep this page running and the community growing.
Battletech Painting and Customs is a great--and unique--place for players, painters, and modders to come together, enjoy some friendly competition, and build 'Mechs and community. Its noble goals of continuing the game and hobby into the next generation and across the globe sets a standard of sportsmanship to rival the altruism of Rule 1 ("Have fun"). This is an excellent place for anyone in any level of modeling and painting to frequent and is one of my favorites.
Now...where did I put that Marauder...
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