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Battletech revisited after 20 years

Battletech revisited after 20 years

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About the Project

With release of the new Battletech Game of Armored Combat box set by Catalyst Game, This brought back an interest into the worlds of Inner Sphere after sell off most of my stuff and putting away some core element. 20 years of so later i found my stash of battletech stuff and I spend the rest of the weekend flipping through the old text with a sense of nostalgia.

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First of one hundred and seventy model to redo

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Test ( simple technique of dry brushing and stippling finish in just over one hour)

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Test sample Primed with Krylon color master flat black paint and primer spray canTest sample Primed with Krylon color master flat black paint and primer spray can
Drybrushed base of  ultramarine blue, highlight electric blue and edge with voidshield blue Drybrushed base of ultramarine blue, highlight electric blue and edge with voidshield blue
Weathering with monster brown and black applied with a sea sponge, stipple platemail and weapon bronze.Weathering with monster brown and black applied with a sea sponge, stipple platemail and weapon bronze.
Simple base painted the edge with goblin green and added pva to the base and sprinkle sand.Simple base painted the edge with goblin green and added pva to the base and sprinkle sand.

Batch stripping with Testor ELO (Easy lift Off)

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Because of issue with color matching 20 year paint, i desided to strip the painted minis and start from scratch.  ( adding more work for myself)

The paints i was using at time was either Ral-Partha paints (discontinue) or Games workshops.

Batch run remove about 80% to 90% of the paint down to the primer.Batch run remove about 80% to 90% of the paint down to the primer.
Second soak for one hour Second soak for one hour

Testor ELO is amazing and very fast.

I have NOT try Testor ELO on model that have been seal the a clear coat, but if your are working on a project and want to start over. This stuff is awesome

disclaimer:

I have tested only using plastic so far

I have NOT re-primed and painted any of these model yet

stripped some Mantic walking dead mins and no issuestripped some Mantic walking dead mins and no issue

Paint stripping with Testor ELO

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First time using Testor ELO (easy lift off) paint and decal remover.First time using Testor ELO (easy lift off) paint and decal remover.
Test mini plan to soak for 30 min to one hour.Test mini plan to soak for 30 min to one hour.
Test mini after about one hour scrub with a used toothbrush and rinse in warm soap waterTest mini after about one hour scrub with a used toothbrush and rinse in warm soap water

About 80% to 90% of the paint was remove in about one hour with some intense scrubbing with an old toothbrush.

Working with Testor ELO was simular to working with brake fluid.  It is oily and has a chemical smell to it( i had a ceiling fan running while i worked).

I recommend using rubber gloves.  It can get very messy and it is easier to hold on to your minis.

Test successful.

Edit: what little time i had the mini soaking in Testor ELO had little to no effect in any super glue parts. (the antenna was still held in place with zap a gap ca glue my preferred glue of the time).

 

Light woods hex templates

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I created some 3d printed light wood templates for my games of battletech. By stacking 2 light wood hexs i can easily create heavy woods for game purpose.I created some 3d printed light wood templates for my games of battletech. By stacking 2 light wood hexs i can easily create heavy woods for game purpose.
I plan to use these basic hex shape for water features as well roads. Hills might be an issue,because i need to make them roughly 1 inch thick. I plan to use these basic hex shape for water features as well roads. Hills might be an issue,because i need to make them roughly 1 inch thick.
i may try to 3d print wood textures or cut and paste some photo copy of battletech map images. All in all i like the result.i may try to 3d print wood textures or cut and paste some photo copy of battletech map images. All in all i like the result.
I had to try some 3d printed ruins for epic 40k by fractalnoise on thingiverse.I had to try some 3d printed ruins for epic 40k by fractalnoise on thingiverse.
Desided to make these tiles double sided with woods on one side and water on the other,Desided to make these tiles double sided with woods on one side and water on the other,

Rifleman mech leg swap

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My conversion is base on this old Art for a Rifleman mech My conversion is base on this old Art for a Rifleman mech
I wanted to do a simple leg swap, but i need the correct base as wellI wanted to do a simple leg swap, but i need the correct base as well
i used a jewelers saw to cut apart a warhammer mechi used a jewelers saw to cut apart a warhammer mech
Swap look very cool compared to the original plastic mech.Swap look very cool compared to the original plastic mech.

Ready for my first game of Battletech in more than 20 years this Monday night

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Table's worth of terrain in less than a week. Ready to goTable's worth of terrain in less than a week. Ready to go

Card stock terrain

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spent a few late nights creating some card terrain for Battlechspent a few late nights creating some card terrain for Battlech
started by cutting a 8.5 in by 4 in peace of card then score it every 2 in. This will create a 2 in by 2 in x 4 in building. adding a base and some window detail.started by cutting a 8.5 in by 4 in peace of card then score it every 2 in. This will create a 2 in by 2 in x 4 in building. adding a base and some window detail.

Hit the mother load for mechs

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I Spent Friday night going through our storage unit and i found a the rest of my mech stored for over 20 years.I Spent Friday night going through our storage unit and i found a the rest of my mech stored for over 20 years.
Found around 169 mechs from the early 90s. My Month long project just turn into a year long one.Found around 169 mechs from the early 90s. My Month long project just turn into a year long one.

I was plan on stripping the paint and repaint these miniatures, but i may just touch up as many as i can first.

Step one : organize which models are worth saving.

Step two : remove all the basing material. I used ballast for a rubble effect, but it seem to large.  I plan to use sand as the basing it provide a nice contrast.

step three : strip the paint. i plan to try testor ELO(easy lift off) paint and decal remover.  Since this a product is new to me i will start with small batchs of 4 (lance size).

step four : clean in warn soapy water let dry .

step five : prime using color primers to match house of inner sphere colors

step six : paint match the best i can exiting units, Divide  into 5 houses as even as i can.

step seven : base and clear coat

I couldnt help myself, I had to touch up these minis

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BeforeBefore
 After i work on the bases and did some touch up. After i work on the bases and did some touch up.

20 year in storage

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Wow I am so ashamed of these paint job :).Wow I am so ashamed of these paint job :).
20 year old coffee stains20 year old coffee stains
Rebased my Epic 40k ruinsRebased my Epic 40k ruins
20 year old treasures :). This bring back some good memories 20 year old treasures :). This bring back some good memories

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