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Weekend Classics - Flea, Marauder, and Shadow Hawk
« on: 13 October 2017, 21:51:25 »
So it's good varnishing weather in my part of Down Under! So I can take pics of these:





So these are my first Classics, and I'm using them as part of a nearly-finished battalion for the 2nd Regulan Hussars.

First thoughts - they're very nice minis (well done, gents!) The Flea and ShadowHawk are of course stock, and I really like the approach taken with one piece "base"/foot/leg/waist. Easy to assemble, capable of being posed in a variety of positions. The ShadowHawk I chose to do running 'around a corner', the Flea more generically sprinting.

The Marauder ... this is the 7R/9D from GenCon, strapped to a caber & tossed in the general direction of the Antipodes. I chose to ... "accurise" it. To me, the whole thing about Marauders is "arms in front". So I did. It's a lovely mini, tons of details; I'll make the 9W2 I got at the same time more 'stock stock', but I'm really happy with both the mini, and the result of my hacks.

Note - they are a bit large. The Flea does dwarf the Unseen Locust in it's lance, but it's OK, there are worse. Just a note for potential purchasers - really, the extra mass and details make this Marauder the one to buy out of the Reseen options. Thoroughly recommended.

More to follow in a few days when varnish is all dry, but comments more than welcome!

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Re: Weekend Classics - Flea, Marauder, and Shadow Hawk
« Reply #1 on: 16 October 2017, 01:28:09 »
Nice work WT!  They are looking sharp.  Can't wait to see the whole battalion  8)

Speaking of which, is it all Mechs or your usual combined arms?

 
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Re: Weekend Classics - Flea, Marauder, and Shadow Hawk
« Reply #2 on: 16 October 2017, 07:43:16 »
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Re: Weekend Classics - Flea, Marauder, and Shadow Hawk
« Reply #3 on: 16 October 2017, 10:06:30 »
Fantastic work there!
I think I really need a Flea.
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Re: Weekend Classics - Flea, Marauder, and Shadow Hawk
« Reply #4 on: 16 October 2017, 17:18:53 »
Yes, full combined arms in progress. It's my thing ;)

And a quick testimonial to the power of off-brand magic dip!



Okay, not the same vee, but the difference in finish is just a coat of teak coloured stain in a polyurethane base. (I call it teak varnish, but apparently there is special varnish used only on teak wood, which is expensive. No, I'm talking a 250ml pot of cheap-ass stain. )

All the panel lining & edge highlighting comes from surface tension pulling the brushed-on varnish around. It also protects the paintjob really well. All you need is a matt spray, and voila!

But allowing for the effect of the stain is important. I wanted a light brown more than a tan, so I went with a yellowish "sand" paint - almost mustard. If I wanted a lighter colour, I'd have based with light sand, or even white.

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* No, FASA wasn't big on errata - ColBosch
* The Housebook series is from the 80's and is the foundation of Btech, the 80's heart wrapped in heavy metal that beats to this day - Sigma
* To sum it up: FASAnomics: By Cthulhu, for Cthulhu - Moonsword
* Because Battletech is a conspiracy by Habsburg & Bourbon pretenders - MadCapellan
* The Hellbringer is cool, either way. It's not cool because it's bad, it's cool because it's bad with balls - Nightsky
* It was a glorious time for people who felt that we didn't have enough Marauder variants - HABeas2, re "Empires Aflame"

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Re: Weekend Classics - Flea, Marauder, and Shadow Hawk
« Reply #5 on: 16 October 2017, 21:06:47 »
They all look great Worktroll! Yeah, I need to get a Marauder or two...

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Re: Weekend Classics - Flea, Marauder, and Shadow Hawk
« Reply #6 on: 20 October 2017, 04:34:26 »
Sweet!

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Re: Weekend Classics - Flea, Marauder, and Shadow Hawk
« Reply #7 on: 23 October 2017, 19:43:36 »
They look mighty fine Mr Worktroll  O0
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Re: Weekend Classics - Flea, Marauder, and Shadow Hawk
« Reply #8 on: 26 October 2017, 14:00:03 »
i am also a huge fan of wood varnish. stateside, I use minwax. the small pots are about $5 at the hardware store

 

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