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Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« on: 04 August 2020, 02:13:55 »

To the nascent Clans, Eden was Sodom and Gomorrah. It was here that the Exodus Civil Wars had begun. Where DeChavilier had been murdered and the Great Father had died. On the other Pentagon worlds the Clans fought to liberate the people and destroy their oppressors, to build a new society.

On Eden they sought revenge.

Demands for a role in the Eden assault were commonplace in the ilKhan’s office. Some measure of competition for the Eden slots was necessary to sate public opinion and to that end the ilKhan decreed that martial trials would determine participation in the assault, with an individual Star from each Clan competing for the honor.

The success of the Wolves over the Star Adders came as little surprise, nor did that of the Smoke Jaguars against the Coyotes but the Falcon victory over the Burrocks was a close-run thing (to the chagrin of their Khans). Most surprising, however, was the success of Clan Hell’s Horses whose unexpected victory over the Ghost Bears almost trigged a brawl between Khans Fletcher and Jorgensson.

The ilKhan was somewhat wary of the Jaguars’ capabilities, despite his brother assuring him they met all the criteria to be declared an operational part of the Clan touman, and assigned them a role that though challenging was deemed less risky: the pacification of several militaristic city-states in Western Yakut and on the smaller continents of Amur and Irkutsk. During the Amur campaign, the Jaguars made use of Hell’s Horses auxiliaries to secure captured territories and to marshal prisoners.

By the middle of August all of the Jaguar objectives had been completed—in fact they were a week ahead of schedule—and the price had been high. The Clan itself had suffered light casualties and moderate materiel losses, but had caused vast damage to the civilian infrastructure of the two continents. Many were left to fend for themselves and disease was rife in the occupied territories, but the Jaguars showed little compassion. “They should have surrendered after the first object lesson” was Khan Osis’ sole comment on the matter.



Pictured: a Binary of Clan Smoke Jaguar, accompanied by a Binary of Clan Hell's Horses support units, during the Amur campaign.



The Assault Star of the Jaguar Grenadiers was commanded by Star Captain Ginel Montizima in his Shogun SHG-2H, accompanied by a Stalker STK-3Fb, Awesome AWS-8Q, Atlas AS-7D, and the Awesome "Tonique", piloted by Tonique Ott.  Ott had always been aware of the threat of attack from the air, and argued to have one of her 'Mech's PPCs (and several heat sinks) replaced with an Arrow IV launcher. Given the paucity of hostile aerospace forces on Eden, Ott was reduced to amusing herself busting bunkers and taking out concentrations of infantry.



The Battle Star was made up of two Guillotine GLT-3Ns, a Falcon FLC-4NB, Spider SRD-5V, and Hermes HER-1S



The Clan Hell's Horses Battle Star was composed of two points of Von Luckner tanks (one each LB-X and LRM versions), a point of Zephyr hovers, a point of Bulldogs, and a point of Thumper artillery tanks.



The infantry Support Star was supplied for controlling objectives and policing civilians. Two points of Laser infantry, a point of Flamer infantry, and two points of SRM infantry provided a variety of options. Transport was supplied by three organic SRM-equipped Heavy Wheeled APCs, and one standard Heavy Wheeled APC.



So, I'm getting to the bottom of my 'Mech mini collection, at last, 8-9 years after I started this gig. Just as well the KS wave 1 is on it's way!

So I had a mixed collection of 'Mechs, plus an equally mixed bag of vehicles - as well as some IWM ones, I had four LAV-25s and four Conqueror tanks from Skytrex' Action 200 line. And I was trying to figure out what to pain them as. And then someone suggested Operation Klondike! This enabled me to field another Smoke Jaguar unit, as well as the two I already have painted. So another tick for the Grand Plan!

But then, reading OpK, the following line jumped out at me:

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During the Amur campaign, the Jaguars made use of Hell’s Horses auxiliaries to secure captured territories and to marshal prisoners.

And the solution was obvious - paint two Binaries!

Research showed that the OpK units probably wore the colours now used by their respective Alpha Galaxies, so that was simple and within my skills.

The Awesome "Tonique"? Well, it's an old 25th Anniversary mini. I'd sacrificed the arm to make a custom mini for a good friend's son. And whacked the launcher from a DA Jaguar (IIRC) on in it's place. I did stat the thing up, and with the removal of enough heat sinks it works pretty well! I'd used this as a paint-test mini for years, so it was satisfying to see it get it's day in the sun at last.

I got a great deal of enjoyment out of painting these up; hopefully some of you will find some enjoyment in either the story elements (taken directly from OpK the book), or the minis.

Cheers,

W.
« Last Edit: 04 August 2020, 03:24:28 by worktroll »
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Re: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #1 on: 04 August 2020, 06:43:43 »
 :thumbsup:

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Re: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #2 on: 04 August 2020, 09:58:49 »
Very nice. :thumbsup:
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Re: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #3 on: 04 August 2020, 10:00:26 »
Very cool!

I'd love to see that force in action, do you think there'd be cooperation issues between the two Clans?
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Re: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #4 on: 04 August 2020, 11:56:05 »
Does that mean that mean Otts Awesome will be canon?   I really like it!

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« Reply #5 on: 04 August 2020, 15:31:10 »
Very cool!

I'd love to see that force in action, do you think there'd be cooperation issues between the two Clans?

At that point in history, probably not

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Re: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #6 on: 04 August 2020, 18:11:55 »
I love it! All of it!
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Re: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #7 on: 04 August 2020, 18:51:09 »
... do you think there'd be cooperation issues between the two Clans?

"Star Captain Montizima, we were assigned to you to control pacified areas. Not to mop up pulvervized civilians!"

Just ... mebbe.

Does that mean that mean Otts Awesome will be canon?   I really like it!

No, alas that would happen only if a writer picked it up (which I'd happily let them!) Not involved in any Catalyst product at this time. But glad you like it.
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Re: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #8 on: 04 August 2020, 19:15:31 »
 :clap: Love your work, Worktroll. Nothing says 'marshal prisoners' like Thumper artillery.

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Re: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #9 on: 04 August 2020, 20:05:41 »
Enthusiasm for the next wave of KS minis!  :thumbsup:
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* 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: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #10 on: 04 August 2020, 20:06:50 »
Enthusiasm for the next wave of KS minis!  :thumbsup:

Cheers to that!   ^-^

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Re: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #11 on: 04 August 2020, 22:25:54 »
Nicely done WT!  Atlas and the Shogun are my favs.  :thumbsup: 8)
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Re: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #12 on: 13 August 2020, 15:58:40 »
Super sweet work. I like the inclusion of the vehicles!

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Re: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #13 on: 13 August 2020, 18:33:23 »
I've got plans for more Op Klondike, once I can find a suitable source of dumptrucks :)
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« Reply #14 on: 13 August 2020, 19:05:23 »
For the really big ones, Hot Wheels and similar are nicely sized. I've got one myself I keep meaning to cram autocannons into. :)
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Re: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #15 on: 15 August 2020, 05:29:33 »
Sweet! :thumbsup:

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Re: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #16 on: 15 August 2020, 07:50:27 »
Cool as usual!

Like the LAV-25s as APCs. What are you using for missile launchers, some MWDA bits?
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« Reply #17 on: 15 August 2020, 11:17:52 »
Nice looking group there.

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Re: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #18 on: 15 August 2020, 14:32:09 »
Excellent work WT!

Also a bit envious as you completed painting your units. I am still working on mine...

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Re: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #19 on: 15 August 2020, 16:57:56 »
Empyrus, the SRMs are indeed DA bits, of which I have some pints ;)

Odd thing on scale - the LAVs look pretty much the same size as the Heavy APCs, but both are drastically over-sized. The Badger is the appropriate(ish) size for a 20 ton vehicle. But the bigger minis look right, especially with the 9mm DA infantry I'm using more or less exclusively.

And Force, no stress! A lot of it comes down to the fact I pick schemes that I can do repeatedly & quickly. The Jag Alpha is a good example:

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- Base light grey
- Add leopard spots in dark grey
- Draw on markings with my trusty 0.5mm Uniball pen
- black for metal areas
- wash with Nuln Oil (it and Agrax Earthshade are the best!)
- Drybrush metallics
- Cockpits

And done! The Horses weren't much more involved.
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* 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
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Re: Operation Klondike Double Feature!
« Reply #20 on: 16 August 2020, 13:32:49 »
 :o 8) :thumbsup: Great job on the minis.