Montag, 15. Februar 2021

Back to the very beginning: Battletech

In 1985 I was in a toy store with my parents. And there it was - a huge diorama filled with giant robots in different landscapes. In the woods, in the mountains, even under water! The robots were painted Revell-Models of Robotech designs. I was hooked and kept the advertising brochure - until today. 

In 1991 I found out that lots of the Robotech models were also used in a game called Battletech. I could really buy, paint and play with these things. So I took the bus to the neighbor town and bought my first pewter model ever - the mighty Warhammer with it's two PPCs. It was one of the "unseen" mechs that disappeared later due to licensing issues of FASA. I still own that model too.

In 2020 I found out that the superb redesigns used in the Mechwarrior Online game are all available for 3D-printing. So I placed an order and three hours later Mr. Mars gave me these two beauties, also well known from that diorama 35 years ago - a Griffin and a Wolverine. 

In 2021 I am knee-deep in mech-production and painting. I will use them for Solo-Alpha Strike and await my first game soon. True love never dies.

You can see the brochure that started it all below the mechs. Without this toy store visit I would maybe never been drawn into the tabletop hobby. I guess it was fate. ;)

 

 






11 Kommentare:

  1. Loved those old Robotech models, I had the sloth one as a kid. They had rubber socket joints for the models that made them fully articulated.

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  2. I definitely painted a few Battletech models back in the day. I really liked the older designs the later ones definitely didn't match them. Of course, that's because a bunch of them were stolen from anime...

    I was certainly never able to produce results like these! I think that was back in my blobby acrylics phase, so anything of a smaller scale really looked like it had been plastered...

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    1. Plastered... hard to believe, Allison. I thought you were born with a brush in your hand! :)

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    2. Lol. Perhaps, but how I've used it has varied over the years...

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  3. Oh, I've never been into this, but some models have always caught my attention. Pretty nice job on these, I like how you treated colours, they look fantastic!

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    1. Thanks, Suber. I wanted a more "adult" colour scheme for them, just like in Mechwarrior Online games. My old mechs were very bright, walking targets so to say. :D

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  4. We love the colors and shades used for these miniatures!
    Are they 15 mm high?
    It is really true that the passions born in youth remain forever ...

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    1. No, sometimes I do others scales as well. These Battlemechs are piloted by men. Infantry units for Battletech tend to have a height of 6mm. So that's the scale. The actual height of the mechs are between 30mm and 50mm. :)

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  5. I am so tempted to pick all these new sculpts up, but I have so many unpainted older designs I just can't justify it to myself. Great brushwork

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