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 initial post, I'm sharing some of my favorite bitz that I keep stocked in the box. These are my go-to for their flexibility with sizes, aesthetics, and ease of use. We'll look at common pieces, their use, and finally how to order these from Iron Wind Metals.
Primitive Thunderbolt Missile Pod (from IWM 20-5076 Thunderbolt TDR-1C)
Thunderbolt TDR-10M Missile Pod (from IWM 20-5032 Thunderbolt TDR-10M)
Primitive Griffin Missile Pod (from IWM BT-346 Griffin GRF-1A)
Reseen Griffin Missile Pod (IWM 20-200 D Griffin Gun/Missile Pod)
Primitive Shadow Hawk Missile Pod (from IWM CE-001 Shadow Hawk SHD-1R)
Missile pod upgrades and modifications are one of the easiest to make. Whether it's customizing your merc company's fire support lance or adding a bit of lrmageddon from MWO to your table top, these long-range death-dealers and short-range cris-seekers make for interesting modifications. Missile boxes come in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet your individual needs. The Viking missile boxes, for example, are a great addition to make a long-range, indirect fire beast variant of the Legacy, like this example from Camospecs Online artist, DAK, or this up-gunned Jagermech by B1BFlyer.
Cannons, PPCs, Etc.
Other Useful Bitz
One modification sitting on my workbench to be completed is upgrading a standard Kintaro to the jump-capable KTO-K. By adding the jump jets from a reseen Ostscout onto the back of the Kintaro, you have a quick switch to make a dangerous C3 spotter. If you're into using magnets to make easily-changable variants, you can have two mods for one model by magnetizing the jump jets and the miniature.
Although it makes the miniature a magnet for incoming fire, adding pitz and pieces to show a C3 Master piece is one of my favorite mods. This is also one of the most challenging--how do you show on the outside of a piece equipment mounted on the inside? One of the easiest methods to do this is add extra antenna or a satellite dish from the Crab or Mobile HQ models. If you're wanting a more robust bit, then use the top turret from an Owens to represent the computer suite.
Being harassed by lrmageddon from the first bitz picture? Then strip a handfull of Fenrir turrets to use for antimissile systems! These little bitz are just the right size to mount on nearly any miniature to swat down incoming fire! This piece by Master Gunz is a great example of using these turrets as AMS and other added pieces to make a dynamic, interesting, and unique piece (I know, it's Jade Falcon, but otherwise, it's an awesome model).
Ordering Bitz from Iron Wind Metals
Most of the bitz here, and many others, are available directly from the Scrapyard at Iron Wind Metals online store.
If you're a clan player and want to make sure that your Thor Prime and your Thor D are clearly different, the use the Onmi Mech Parts page to order variant pieces to make nearly all of the 3050 omnis. If you love omnis and Jerone Blake and his writings, and think that the rest of the Inner Sphere needs to love Blake or suffer their transgressions in nuclear fire, then be sure to outfight your rightesous army with Word of Blake Omni Mech Parts.
There is also a small selection of very special variant parts for the Koschi and Hammerhands located in the Mech Variant Parts section.
If you can't find the part you're looking for, use the Iron Wind Metals Contact Us page to ask, very nicely if they can spin it up for you. This is a great company, and they are always happy to work with Battletech fans and the community.
With the infinite possibilities of customizations, salvage, and field repair in both Battletech and Alpha Strike, you'll never be without an opportunity to build unique, new, and interesting models.
Want to see more great modifications, reposes, and custom work? Check out Camospecs Online for amazing work!
Have your own go-to bitz, favorite pieces, or boss mods? Share them below in the comments!
Tutorials and Projects