Heavy Gear Spotlight – Bobcat

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Code Name: Bobcat

Faction: The North

Manufacturer: Northco

Height: 4.3 meters

Weight: 5,689 kg


Baconradar’s Summary: A cheap, simple, and reliable TD capable recon gear

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Heavy Gear Blitz – Bobcat recon gear

Hello friendly interpeeps!

I recently got an order from the excellent UK miniature store Shiny Games – the sole UK distributor of Heavy Gear Blitz miniatures. I highly recommend the store – it has very good customer service and is quick to post, plus the guy who runs it is clearly a gamer himself.

In fact the reason for this post is that the order came with a little note from the manager of Shiny Games saying he looked forward to seeing a Bobcat gear painted, which spurred me into action.

So here he is!

 

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Front view of the Bobcat, a cheap and cheerful recon gear with a Pack Gun and Very Light Rocket Pack

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Heavy Gear Blitz – Mother and Tanklets (Aller and Klemms)

I’ve just finished painting a third Klemm light tank and putting the three I now have on bases with mud/grass/tank tracks etc.

I thought I’d take a group shot with the Northern Heavy Tank, the Aller. All the turrets are swappable so I can make any of the variants of the Klemm/Aller. They aren’t particularly stunning paintjobs but I quite like the way they turned out.

As usual I include a gear and some infantry for scale (which is 1/144 by the way).

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The mother Aller leads her little ducklet Klemms forward!

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6mm – Epic Eldar Aspect Warrior paint schemes

I’ve been working on some more Epic Eldar – this time figuring out what paint schemes I want to use for my Aspect Warriors. Because I have a Biel Tan army list I get to field more of these than other Craftworlds and they’re a bigger focus for the army.

I decided to go with very traditional schemes – the ‘official’ ones used by the Games Workshop essentially, because these are pretty nice looking for one thing, but more importantly are very distinctive on the tabletop. It’s important to be able to tell which stands are which at a glance.

Because these are my first time painting 6mm figures and they’re the prototype which informs how all the other Aspect Warriors are painted, I spent more time on them than I will on their comrades.

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L to R: Swooping Hawk, Dark Reaper, Howling Banshee, Fire Dragon, Warp Spider, Striking Scorpion

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6mm – Epic Eldar Wave Serpents

While I’m not very keen on Warhammer 40k or Age of Sigmar, I like the Games Workshop universe quite a lot and I’ve always had a soft spot for Epic.

Some time ago Olaf and I discovered Epic UK and their excellent updated lists for the Epic Armageddon iteration of Games Workshop’s nominally 6mm scale wargame set in the 40k universe. We’ve since played a few games – I have a Biel Tan Eldar force, rather small and with few of the miniatures actually painted by me. I got a lot of second hand minis from Ebay with pretty poor but not horrible paintjobs and for a long time I’ve been meaning to paint up more of my Eldar force myself.

I actually started painting my Wave Serpents a while ago with a very basic scheme, but I’ve only just gotten around to painting them properly. I really love the original Mk.1 Wave Serpent model (it is SO much better than the newer Mk.2 model in my opinion) and these were a lot of fun to paint.

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6mm – 3d Printed Terrain

A while ago I bought a set of buildings and ruins from ebay, user mikethomas85. They were very clearly made using a 3d printer, but the quality and design is definitely not bad and I’m pretty happy with them for Epic Armageddon.

Painting them involved a simple dark grey priming coat, a mid grey heavy drybrush, a lighter grey ligh drybrush then some added highlights. I also added some stains from a Vallejo smoke wash and bits of cork rubble and flock plus some green paint to represent moss.

I think they turned out pretty well. Here they are with a stand of Eldar Swooping Hawks (not painted by me) on a standard base for scale.

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15mm Sci Fi – Tavshar colour scheme prototype

Have just been working out the colour scheme and basing scheme for my Tavshar from Loud Ninja Games (https://www.alternative-armies.com/collections/loud-ninja-games-15mm). The model, a Tavshar trooper, was really nice and a pleasure to paint.
 
The scheme I used was a lot brighter than my usual style – nice to step outside my comfort zone a little.
 
The pictures I took sadly don’t really do the paintjob justice. It isn’t amazing or anything but it’s one of my better efforts and that doesn’t show up too well on my rubbish phone camera.
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