This is the second Battletech mini I painted sometime around freshman or sophmore year. My friends and I were in a Clan Invasion era Mechwarrior campaign. The command lance was an Atlas, a Zeus (I think?), a Grasshopper, and a Catapult. The Catapult was piloted by the legendary Bill Brasky! At the time, it was hard to get minis and the time and ride to get into Tulsa to buy minis. But I was able to latch onto this one. All the colors used here were from Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby.
I had long been a fan of the Northwind Highlanders--their scenario pack was one of the first books I ever purchased--and wanted to apply colors like that to it. I went with greens and browns, inspired by the recently released Clicktech. I don't recall what inspired the fade stripe, but it was really cool at the time!
Flames are cool, so I worked those onto the missile boxes. The missiles are pins broken off of insignia. The scorch marks were stippled dry brush paint and the smoke is painted and shaped cotton.
I noticed that I could make scratch marks by applying rough and uneven light pigment. I guess I've always used heavely weathered styles.
The Mighty Mouse decal was long held over from my model kits. There was another number on it with the four, but it long ago rubbed off.
At the time, I didn't know about removing mold lines quite so well; I make sure to teach this in detail now.
The base is a mix of railroad ballast and painted table pepper. Thank you, long out of pring Battletech Miniature Rules!
As fun as setting this campaign up was, this lance never took the field. High school and the challenges of growing up forced us to put it on hold. Maybe someday we can get back together and see this one out.
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