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.
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