So I've been on a Battletech kick lately.

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I finally crossed that threshold of geekdom and begun painting the minis from the 25th (30th now?) Anniversary Box Set.

These basically go in chronological painting order. I'm getting slightly less shitty.

https://i.sli.mg/B32D5n.jpg

https://i.sli.mg/qVLyHV.jpg

https://i.sli.mg/ARX5Y4.jpg

https://i.sli.mg/rYiOnV.jpg

And here are the ones my girlfriend did, with her eyes that can properly see color.

https://i.sli.mg/LCNlLW.jpg

Also, the 900 pixel wide limit sucks ass.

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Never played the tabletop version of BattleTech/MechWarrior(as its branded now), did follow the books up until they became "MechWarrior" instead. Was an interesting franchise, and the setting wasn't bad either, considering it was essentially built around a game.

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I actually just beat Mechwarrior 2 again this weekend and it really held up. Started Mercs and I'm less enthusiastic about it for now. Tried piloting a Jenner I looted, and I kept getting getting my turgid cockpit blown out by a stray lucky hit. I guess it didn't help with it being thrust so far forward.

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I have boxes of BattleTech trade paperback novels lurking about somewhere. :)

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Hey, I bought that same box set last year. I'll post some photos from my own painting, so that we can compare penis sizes.

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Yeah, I had to download a bunch of the old novels... because apparently you can't buy them anymore. At least not in a form that matters, by which I mean digital. Just reading them in order. On the 3rd Grey Death Legion book.

Apparently they also have a simulator for the tabletop called MegaMek. The flame wars around how random the random number generator is got so vicious the topic is now banned on numerous forums!

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I like some of the ones you've painted, the glazes look quite good.

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See, the glazes/washes are actually the part I'm least happy about. I can't figure out what alchemy I need to employ to make it flow properly, and since into crevices and enhance detail. It tends to just get streaky and mottle the surface. And when I water it down, with distilled water no less, something horrible happens and it turns grey when it dries, making everything look frosty.

I've had ok luck using airbrush thinner to help it flow, but I think I also need to use some sort of extender to keep it from drying too fast and mottling.

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Namrok wrote:Yeah, I had to download a bunch of the old novels... because apparently you can't buy them anymore. At least not in a form that matters, by which I mean digital. Just reading them in order. On the 3rd Grey Death Legion book.
I need to reobtain a copy of Decision at Thunder Rift, it is the only book that is missing from my set of FASA label Battletech books. Always had a soft spot for the Grey Death Legion, though more of a fan of The Kell Hounds as things went before the FASA bankruptcy and the Mechwarrior fast forward to decades later.

For the Michael Stackpole titles, when there are mech battles, evidently he fought them out using the tabletop game before putting it to paper, based on comments he made elsewhere. Also the Assassin he introduced, who will later be operating as "The Joker" for a time, is probably one of my favorite characters in the franchise. ;)


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Damn Ravil, looks like you've actually done that before. I need to up my game.

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This was my first time painting BattleTech, though I played a lot of it when I was younger and I had a boxed edition that came with just cardboard markers (sidenote: I can't believe what an outrageously good deal the current box set is in comparison -- you get what, 30 high-quality miniatures plus terrain and rulebooks and setting stuff for $50? delay me.). I did some 40K a few years back with varying levels of success, but I transferred a lot of the techniques and some of the color patterns from 40K to the BTech minis.

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In the summer of 2014 I picked this up again because one of my best friends, who was a BTech fanatic when we were teenagers, was getting married, and wanted a non-strip-club, low-key bachelor party. The best man asked me to "run" a BTech game for the party for old time's sake and I spent two months painting up individual 'mechs for all of the players as gifts. I'll see if I can dig up the photos I took of those, because I was really proud of them.

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Teach me your ways. Mine have been coming out so terribly.

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The funny thing about only now diving into the tabletop game, is that I'm viewing Mechwarrior 2: Mercs in a totally different light. My first exposure to Battletech was Mechwarrior 2, so to me Clans were Mechwarrior. Then when I played Mercs, I was just annoyed that they took away all my cool Clan mechs and replaced them with shittier, less stylish Inner Sphere mechs.

But now I've been playing the box set, with all it's Inner Sphere mechs, spending the time actually painting them and getting to know them. So when I play MW2: Mercs I'm all "delay yeah! A Commando! That's the first one I painted!"

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That's funny. My first exposure was actually the tabletop game, back in the early 90s, and I remember squee'ing with delight and baffling all of my friends who were playing MechWarrior 2 with my inexplicable knowledge of all of the 'mechs.

Also, I found a few photos of the 'mechs I painted and gave away as part of the bachelor party game:
Codename WAR DICK

Codename WAR DICK

Hatchetman, with The Patriot Axe

The last one my buddy painted, to have the same basic paint scheme as the rest of the team.

I was particularly pleased with the water effects at War Dick's feet. That was something I figured out for myself ages ago, and it works absolute wonders when you've done something to badly delay up the feet or the base of a mini.

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Ravil wrote:I spent two months painting up individual 'mechs for all of the players as gifts.
I can't think of a single friend that I'd do that for.

"Paint your own damn minis!"

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Time to strip all the paint off my minis and start over!

I gotta say I'm about ready for a new Mechwarrior game. I tried Mechwarrior Online but it's way too pay to win. Also it's multiplayer only, which is no fun. Then I tried Mechwarrior 4: Mercs because it was released for free once upon a time. Except the voice acting is so amateurish and cheery, it feels like Baby's First Battletech. Then I tried Mechwarrior 3, but it's borderline impossible to get running on Windows 7.

I guess I'm just stuck with Mechwarrior 2 and Mercs.

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Don't strip 'em all. I really liked some of your patterns. The Atlas looks really striking, and so does the Awesome.

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I do have to admit, the Awesome and the Atlas are the ones I'm most proud of. The Awesome especially is very Chinese Dragon.

I just find myself frequently at a loss about what to do when it comes to detail. Just gotta keep trying new things I guess.

I did order a few of my favorites from MW2. Had to grab a Firemoth, Nova and Summoner. The Nova is especially hilarious when I look at his sheet. 12 medium lasers! And if he fires every single one at the same time, it's an almost certain shut down! I can't wait.

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Namrok wrote:I gotta say I'm about ready for a new Mechwarrior game.
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product_inf ... s_id=64580

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Ishpeck wrote:
Namrok wrote:I gotta say I'm about ready for a new Mechwarrior game.
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product_inf ... s_id=64580
If I still had an RPG group I'd be all in. Alas. Frankly I'm lucky as hell Sarah's willing to play Battletech. Her patience for rules is almost nill.

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Namrok wrote:Her patience for rules is almost nill.
Then you've picked an interesting hobby.

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Ravil wrote:
Namrok wrote:Her patience for rules is almost nill.
Then you've picked an interesting hobby.
I wasn't planning on playing with her. I figured it was a lost cause from the start. But then she saw me painting miniatures and wanted to do it too. Then she wanted to actually play with the figures she painted. Then she creamed me 4 games in a row, RNG allowing her to take off arms, legs and heads from across the map at maximum range with an AC/20. So she decided she liked it. I think her attachment to her figures has temporarily buffed her rules tolerance.

She's currently excited to field her cute little Urbanmech, which she's planning on painting as pink and purple as possible.

Say that 5 times fast.

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Namrok wrote:She's currently excited to field her cute little Urbanmech, which she's planning on painting as pink and purple as possible.
And I guess coloring book content won't have the same buffing effect for RPG's?

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More Battlemechs!

https://sli.mg/nLA9nX.jpg

I started experimenting with overbrushing and feathering. I'm not sure I've quite got it, but I've got something.

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Man, those are a couple of steps up already. That Cyclops in particular looks fantastic.

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Ravil wrote:Man, those are a couple of steps up already. That Cyclops in particular looks fantastic.
So I gave drybrushing a thorough shot. I'm actually really impress with how it came out, but now I'm not sure where to go from here. Any thoughts?

https://sli.mg/qnjakQ.jpg

Also, I sized this guy to 900 pixels wide, and now it needs to be 900 pixels TALL too? What is this gulag bullshit?!

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Alright, now I'm absurdly satisfied with how this guy came out. I have no idea if it's actually good or not, but I enjoyed it.

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Ooo, well done on the Mad Cat.

I love the drybrush effect on 'mechs. I've also found that dry-brushing varying shades of brown or metallics onto areas such as the feet or the weapons gives a very "worn-out" and grimy look that I really enjoy.

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