Thursday, 17 January 2013

A new era in 1/60scale?

Will the above usher in a new ear in 1/60 scale? There's still allot of potential pitfalls but here's hoping for something exciting for 2013 :)

No time scales on this yet, no idea on costs either, its all new ground for me.

Monday, 7 January 2013

That Battletech cartoon

Often you hear me mention a Battletech cartoon from my childhood which forever branded battletech into my soul. For those of you too young to remember (I feel old for saying that) they're all on youtube in their cheesy glory;

Originally Die hard battletech fans look upon it as most Mechwarriors gamers looked upon mechassult. Mainly because BT cannon was bent to accomdate the show. However (and this a stroke of genius) in  later years the show was re-spun as a Holonovel only based roughly off real battletech characters. Solving the whole canon issues backlash.

So enjoy some Pulpmech fiction!

Part of me hopes some fan will make a fanpic and reanimate the show with modern HD and 3d effects.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Whats that coming over the hill - It's Point of elementals

Well so much to painting these in an afternoon! It took 3days to get these done and my eyes are keeeling me.

It seems the casting for these was really smudgy which meant I had to precisely paint on every shadow and highlight with an extra fine brush :/ (flashback to 80's gamesworkshop minis)

Now they're painted you can see the changes in pose each one has. Star commander Natalya (in green) I gave a nice relax stance to while she directs her star, the rest are in various states of action. Number 03 is blasting off on pillars of custom sculpted Jet flame.

You can have a better look at the detail here. Paint wise you flip everything you know about shading/highlighting on its head and paint light in the crevices and dark on the highlights. Orange and yellow were dry brushed around the jets to add to the feel of light emanating from them.

"The standard against which all battle armor is measured, the Elemental battle armor was first introduced in 2868 by Clan Wolf in a Trial of Possession against the Nova Cats. It was a marvel of Clan engineering that allowed a small group of operators to take down large 'Mechs and survive the encounter. While it is possible for a normal-sized human to use the battle armor, this design is tailored for the Clans' giant Elemental warriors and only they can bring out its fullest potential." - Sarna

" Natalya - Holds the rank of Star Commander in the Falcons Claws. She is an Elemental, one of the Clans' genetically-bred infantry. Very little is revealed about her in the series, though in the book 1st Somerset Strikers, it is revealed that she is fiercely loyal to her commander, Nicolai Malthus, because she sees his exploits as her best shot for glory and a Bloodname. Pilots an Elemental battle armor suit." - BattleTech: The Animated Series wiki

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Star of 25mm Elementals

Ok so there aren't 100% to 1/60 scale (25mm vs 28mm) but given to the fact they are only 3mm out I'll allow it.

You'll see I posed them all slightly differently (as much as the model would allow me) and one is riding off on his JJs which isn't particularly clear from this angle.

I have two ideas for a paint scheme

1. The green and white like my old one for the captain and purple white for the clansmen. Except the paint scheme would be more gritty as per my current paint style;

2. Or the Duck egg and pastel purple of the HBK IIC. But I think they'd look too cute because of the already cute look of the model itself.

I'm leaning toward the former because of my love for the Somerset Strikers cartoon. However there's the nagging voice telling me to make them the same as the HBK IIC so like look like a unit...

2 to 1 its going to be the cartoon paint job methinks.