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Star League in Exile
« on: 24 December 2017, 19:34:04 »
Hi all, this is my Star League in Exile force.

I made it in regular SLDF camo scheme so that I can use these mini’s for various units, those being: SLDF 331st, Clan Wolverine during Operation Klondike and surrounding years, SL in exile/Minnesota Tribe. Granted, I'd have to remove some 'Mechs for certain years...

I haven’t spent much time organizing the lances, but this is how they are pictured:

1st Company:
•   1st Lance: Pulverizer, Spartan, Thug, Shootist.
•   2nd Lance: Excalibur, Wolverine II, Champion, Bombardier.
•   3rd Lance: Talon, Mongoose, Mercury, Hussar.

2nd Company:
•   1st Lance: Stag, Spartan, Pulverizer, Flashman.
•   2nd Lance: Cestus, Exterminator, Crab, Lancelot.
•   3rd Lance: Sling, Spector, Vulcan, Mercury II.

3rd Company:
•   1st Lance: Archer, Shadow Hawk, Guillotine, Black Knight.
•   2nd Lance: Sentinel, Lynx, Thorn, Starslayer.
•   3rd Lance: Vulcan, Falcon, Firefly, Night Hawk.

I hope you like them.





Pulverizer, Spartan, Thug, Shootist


Excalibur, Wolverine II, Champion, Bombardier


Talon, Mongoose, Mercury, Hussar





Stag, Spartan, Pulverizer, Flashman


Cestus, Exterminator, Crab, Lancelot


Sling, Spector, Vulcan, Mercury II





Archer, Shadow Hawk, Guillotine, Black Knight


Sentinel, Lynx, Thorn, Starslayer


Vulcan, Falcon, Firefly, Night Hawk
« Last Edit: 25 December 2017, 13:06:35 by .RL »

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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #1 on: 24 December 2017, 19:48:58 »
Very nice! Walk us through your paint work, thanks!

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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #2 on: 24 December 2017, 21:19:23 »
Awesome work! O0
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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #3 on: 24 December 2017, 21:21:44 »
Very nice! Walk us through your paint work, thanks!

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Thanks Worktroll.

I used an Iwata Neo air-brush for the primer coating and the base.

•   Base primer = Vallejo Grey surface primer (73.601)
•   Base paint = Citadel Loren Forest

For the remainder, I used a paint-brush. As an FYI, there is no particular reason I chose to use paints from different brands. I used what I had on hand and what I thought would look good.

•   Metallic components = this was somewhat experimental for me, although I am happy with the result; I may try a different approach next time. The base is The Army Painter – Rough Iron, and then dry-brushed with Citadel Ironbreaker.

•   The cockpits = I am pretty terrible at jewelling, I do not know how to wet blend, so I painted all the cockpits in Vallejo Black, and then used Citadel Fulgurite Copper to paint the areas I wanted the red reflection on. I then used Citadel Spiritstone Red to go over the entire cockpit, and finally, The Army Painter Matt White for the shining effects.  On a few of them (I didn’t keep track, but Spartan 01 for sure) I experimented with adding a bit of orange to the cockpit’s aswell (after the Spiritstone Red was applied). It was either Vallejo Light Orange or Amaranth Red (I did not take note).

•   Weapon coloring =
--- For the PPCs, I used Vallejo Dark Prussian Blue, Dark Blue, and Sky Blue, followed by The Army Painter Matt White for the shining effect.
--- For the lasers, I used Vallejo Flat Red, Amaranth Red, and Light Orange, followed by The Army Painter Matt White for the shining effect.
--- For the ballistic weapons, I used Vallejo Black
--- For the LRMs, I used Citadel Administratum Grey and The Army Painter Matte White.

•   Shading = I used The Army Painter Military Shader, and although it looked good, I wanted a darker look, so I then added Citadel Nuln oil in gloss.

•   For the damage (wish I still have a lot of learning to do) I used Vallejo Black, Medium Sea Grey, and The Army Painter Matte White. On some of them, I tried using foam to apply the damage in black (as seen on one of the CSO youtube videos by Ryan).

•   Coolant Leaks = I used Vallejo Transparent Green.

•   Highlights = I think I need to learn to do more of these… I chose against roughly dry-brushing because I am not very patient, and in the past I haven’t properly dried the brush off and made big mistakes, so I chose to simply edge some areas using Citadel Elysian Green.

•   Mud around the feet = I used Citadel Stirland Mud… but frankly, and similar brown probably would have resulted in the same look, because I wasn’t applying the chunks onto the feet, instead I was using it mostly to dry-brush a dirty and muddy look.

•   Base = Vallejo Black, and then I used terrain effects from various brands.

•   Applied decals from Fighting Piranha Graphics.

•   Clear coated multiple times using Krylon Matte Finish spray. I’ve used other brands in the past, and this Krylon is my favorite. I also do not think you can beat it as far as price per ml.

And I think this sums it up.

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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #4 on: 24 December 2017, 23:33:22 »
Excellent work there.  Great showing of SLDF mechs.  8)
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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #5 on: 25 December 2017, 01:07:35 »
These are just beautiful. It’s really cool to see such a historical force put together. I so often forget about ‘Mechs like the Excalibur and Pulverizer, so this is a treat!

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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #6 on: 25 December 2017, 03:00:53 »
Wow!

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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #7 on: 25 December 2017, 03:37:57 »
Great stuff here!

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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #8 on: 25 December 2017, 09:35:33 »
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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #9 on: 25 December 2017, 12:40:07 »
Shiny.  Given my irrational love of the Wolverine II and Firefly, nice to see them together.
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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #10 on: 25 December 2017, 12:54:47 »
Which mech would be the first on the left in the eighth picture?

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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #11 on: 25 December 2017, 13:00:06 »
Which mech would be the first on the left in the eighth picture?

Sling, if I counted right. Let me add the 'Mech names under each picture.

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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #12 on: 25 December 2017, 13:08:03 »
Nice! :D
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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #13 on: 25 December 2017, 13:45:15 »
Sling, if I counted right. Let me add the 'Mech names under each picture.

Thanks, but I didn't  know of the existence of this miniature until today.

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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #14 on: 25 December 2017, 13:47:47 »
However, I just wanted to point out that the legs of the Cestus were assembled backwards.

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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #15 on: 25 December 2017, 13:55:17 »
However, I just wanted to point out that the legs of the Cestus were assembled backwards.

:facepalm:

Well, I guess that's one which is going to take a bath in acetone.

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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #16 on: 25 December 2017, 13:56:01 »
However, I just wanted to point out that the legs of the Cestus were assembled backwards.
It does look better this way  :))

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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #17 on: 25 December 2017, 14:09:10 »
In fact, the look of this mech is strange, but I really like it.
Here's how it should be.

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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #18 on: 25 December 2017, 14:15:12 »
In fact, the look of this mech is strange, but I really like it.
Here's how it should be.



Yup, I looked through CamoSpecs. I guess I assembled it without reference and went with how I "thought" it should look. I tossed it in acetone and I'll be re-doing it. Nice example by the way. I might add the hands this time like yours.

I do agree it looks better with the legs backwards Juodas. 

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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #19 on: 26 December 2017, 07:54:01 »
Very Sweet!

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« Reply #20 on: 28 December 2017, 16:49:51 »
I've never really liked the Cestus; your "wrong way" one looks more interesting. More of a Marauder offshoot than the Maelstrom ;)
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« Reply #21 on: 28 December 2017, 20:33:10 »
Some good paint jobs there.
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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #22 on: 28 December 2017, 22:58:28 »
Excellent work!

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« Reply #23 on: 29 December 2017, 08:32:46 »
Beautiful work there.
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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #24 on: 29 December 2017, 21:42:59 »
So very cool, well done!
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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #25 on: 03 January 2018, 17:38:50 »
Very nicely painted group. You should be proud. I sure hope you don't dunk the Cestus, though! 

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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #26 on: 03 January 2018, 18:50:50 »
Thanks all.

I did dunk the Cestus. It is re-assembled and waiting for primer. I will re-paint it soon, waiting to assemble a few mot so that I can prime them all at the same time.

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Re: Star League in Exile
« Reply #27 on: 03 January 2018, 19:14:33 »

Beautiful work, it is really Camospec quality.
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