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Old 30-04-2007, 10:27 PM   #1
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Default scratch built Battle Mechs

from the mechwarrior game and genre









built from balsa and plastic
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Old 30-04-2007, 10:34 PM   #2
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They're very cool, nice work.
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Old 01-05-2007, 01:55 AM   #3
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Old 01-05-2007, 04:08 AM   #4
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these were taken on my older camera, if they are the wrong size please replace them with links.
80 ton Victors




75 ton Black Knights with humvee stretch limo




75 ton Madcat


100 ton Atlas


these are actual play peices and replace lead figures in the old style version of the game played like D&D with dice and stat sheets.
these days the computer sims of the game are easier to play
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:27 AM   #5
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Hey Battletech Mechs, they look well cool, good job.

I have dozens of the Ral Partha models both Inner Sphere and Clan Mechs stored in boxes, although I have not played the game for ages.

I also have the large vinyl Mad Cat model from Horizon IIRC, its been stored in the loft for donkeys years so my memory may be playing up.

I cut out all the cockpit windows to scratchbuild a full cockpit interior, I 'glazed' the cockpit using clear plastic easter egg packaging, then put the thing away again just before I moved house, IIRC that was before I moved to this house so that means its been sat untouched in its box for around 13 years, eeek, I really ought to get that project out again.
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:33 AM   #6
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I just rememberd what the blue mech is in the first picture, its a Clan 'Puma' IIRC. Apart from being able to mane the Atlas and the Mad Cat I am having trouble putting names to the other two Mechs.

Did you build them to a specific scale, and are the Assault mechs in scale with the smaller ones.
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Old 01-05-2007, 09:53 PM   #7
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Thanks Tony,
Yes they are all in scale with each other (or as close as i can make them)
ive edited the post to reflect the chassis type and tonage, to give you an idea how big these are compared to ral partha scale here is the atlas and its board game equivilent.



this size allowed us to play outdoors using upscaled cardboard hex's and tape measures marked off with a permanent marker to measure the distances.

the madcats and atlas are very old models (puma finished last week) and the difference shows, i would definatly build the madcats with clear canopys and cockpit detail if i were building them today, and i may yet attack these one day with a dremel and "fix" them

http://img186.exs.cx/img186/7151/atlasandmadcat2bi.jpg


100 ton Daishi (MW4 Mercenarys design)



this is the game version of the clan Daishi or Direwolf as its sometimes called. the Classic Battletech version is slighty different , but since modeling these from the game (has a rotating graphic) is easy so i go with that.




the mech on the right is my only custom chassis, a 75 ton shadow phoenix clan design. this shot (old camera again) should give an idea how the game "looks" in play


the series below was posted as a short story called the templars tale about its salvage and rebuilding, again this is a MW4 Mercs design and is quite different from the CBT version (although all the elements are there)

85 ton Templar..............


The Techs and maintenance crew were not happy to see what was left of a Templar dumped in the middle of the repair station..only the Centre torso and cockpit were servicable, the right torso only half armoured the weapons hardpoints empty.



none the less, they got it strung up and so began the Tale of the Templar....

Getting this Chassis on its feet" was the Crews first priority.
double shifts in the shop , with the aid of the original Hasek spec's had the leg assembly's started............



The Scrap yard turned up a right shoulder assembly in powder blue livery, it along with right foot is fitted and tested


The legs rebuilt, the actuators were run in on a small stroll to the mech hangers and back, the gyro's wont like the current weight distribution, but we cant fine tune the hip/knee/ankle actuators till theyve been worn in.



The Gyro diagnostic was green........ not bad for a reconditioned set minor adjustments in myomer and actuators has the chassis walking well.
"doesnt even rattle" was the head techs comment.
They left the weapons hardpoints in the right torso empty... even so the addition of the right arm assembly will again test the gyros....







And its back to the repair bay to pack out the left torso hard points. heat sinks
and ballistic breach assembly. The ammo bin awaits installation





the Chassis complete, Its piloted up to lightening gorge and back as the first coat in its cammo pattern is drying



Final touch's to the cammo, and apart from a jam in the left torso ballistic breach (now being repaired) its ready to join its Lance






Here it is within its lance, along with a pair of 80 ton Victors, and a 95 ton Hauptmann



and with the regimental combat team


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Old 02-05-2007, 10:07 AM   #8
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Nice pictures Mike, that looks like a very big game you have there, Some intersting features with the repair bays and all, good job I like it.

I saw a large scale game of Mech combat at Triples a large wargame show held annually here in the UK in Sheffield a couple of yeras ago, the Mechs were all scatch built and were all arount two feet tall, the only problem was playing area even though the table was 12" x 6" is was not really large enough for the size of Mechs being used, impressive though, as are yours.

I always liked the Clan 'pod' Mechs personally, the Daishi, the MadCat, Vulture etc, and some of the 11c varients like the Rifleman 11c, Warhammer 11c, Jenner 11c etc they were mu favorites, my favorite Inner Sphere Mech was the Bushwhacker Mech that was one of the last releases from Ral Partha in the games orginal format and came about as a result of the cartoon series in which it featured heavily.

I have quite a large Clan Jade Falcon force, something like 10 'Stars' with either two or three 'Stars' of Elementals, trouble is its been so long since I looked in the boxes I forget what I have.

I did not bother with any of the last Ral Partha Mech releases from a few years ago, I did not like the looks of them truth be told and they got very expensive for what they were, especially the Aircraft, and I have not as yet botherd with the 'Click' version of Mechwarrior, although we have three or four people at our wargames club who play that game, so I may just dabble with in the future.
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Old 02-05-2007, 10:18 AM   #9
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Mike,
Those are some really great pieces and pics
The whole setup is really awesome!
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Old 02-05-2007, 09:22 PM   #10
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Thanks ppl, your enjoyment of these pics makes me feel like ive paid back in part at least, the great enjoyment ive gotton from this site and the great works posted here.

this pic was captioned "with the burnt out remains of the leopard class dropship behind them they marshalled what equipment survived and made their plans............"



fortunatly i live inside the blue mountains national park, so playing space is not an issue.


heres another shot of the hauptmann and victors, one of my favourite shots, taken on the sandstone in my front yard
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Old 03-05-2007, 05:07 AM   #11
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I have to admit, I've never been a fan of Battletech mechs. At least not a fan of the ones Battletech didn't rip off from existing sources like Macross, Dougram, Crusher Joe and other Japanese sources; the original Battletech designs always had a tendency to look a little off-balance to me.
But, having said that, your scratchbuilds are quite well-done, and look like commercially made kits. Great work, and great settings you've placed them in! Thanks for sharing them.

By the way, what was the actual thing in the background for the 'burnt out dropship'?
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Old 03-05-2007, 05:53 AM   #12
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Thanks CR,
yes the original compendium did indeed "borrow" heavily from the japanese originals, the following pic being a good case in point.
the large "Marauder" in the foreground is a robotech toy off the shelf (with a custom paint job), while the smaller one in the background is a balsa copy in a different scale

http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/9019/marauder3sj.jpg

and this one the LAM (land air mech)

http://img239.imageshack.us/img239/6111/lam0rs.jpg

this was one of the off the shelf kits that i used to play with at first, building my own to augment my game potential by having chassis not available to my freinds.
watching old guys play giant chess in the park sparked the idea, and instead of bored girlfriends and children sitting around someones house while the gamers spent the afternoon at the table, we turned game into a combination picnic/bbq at some outdoor location


heres a classic shot a "Griffin" in 3 scales, only the smallest was marketed as a battletech product

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/7605/griff0023et.jpg

the burnt out dropship was the remains of someones camp fire, this shot is taken in the national park at the end of my street which we like to use because the natural rock formations lend themselves to the game
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Quote:
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heres a classic shot a "Griffin" in 3 scales, only the smallest was marketed as a battletech product

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/7605/griff0023et.jpg
Ah, a Dougram mech, in (I believe) 1/48, 1/72 and 1/144 scales. I know the larger two scales were released in the US as Robotech Defenders (no relation to the tv series Robotech) by Revell, since I have them in that pakaging, while the smaller one, as you said, was released as a Battletech mech, and I also happen to have one of those. I was a big 'Japanimation' nut in the 1980's, and usually the only way to get my hands on the model kits was when some American company re-released the Japanese kits in this way.

Once again, I love your use of natural outdoor settings for your setups. That one of the three mechs on the sandstone is particularly captivating the more I look at it... did you camoflauge them to match the sandstone, or was that a happy coincidence?
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:41 PM   #14
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happy co-incidence Mate, one of those magic shots, heres the hauptmann before it got its final paint job


this one is a plastic kit 55 ton shadow hawk with downed aerospace fighter




and a shot of the large griffin with tech riding on shoulder





below are some build pics of the puma proving yet again that using balsa wood, the only limit.........is your imagination.......


http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...njo69/puma.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...jo69/puma2.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...jo69/puma1.jpg
http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/600/apr1480hc9.jpg
http://img61.imageshack.us/img61/5834/apr1481ks6.jpg
http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/6108/apr1483zv9.jpg
http://img128.imageshack.us/img128/2904/apr1484zd3.jpg
http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/8797/apr1489ob8.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...jo69/puma4.jpg




http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...69/puma2-1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...69/puma1-1.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...jo69/puma5.jpg







http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...jo69/puma7.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...69/puma6-1.jpg

i still get a kick out of comparing the first and last pics

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"Downed aerospace fighter"? OMG, that's a Crusher Joe Harpy fighter by Takara... I have that kit!

I love the mech with tech walking through the shallow water! It's too bad that chain-link fence showed up in the reflection!

Some of these pics remind me of the rather neat job Revell did of photographing their "Robotech Defenders" re-releases of the Dougram kits... they actually made small dioramas and photographed the kits 'in action' so to speak for use on the box art. (I love the original Japanese box art paintings Takara used, but the Revell stuff was nice.) One of their sets had a swamp-like setting, with the mech & ground vehicle reflected in the water like yours.
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Old 05-05-2007, 10:01 PM   #16
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yeah FASA got sued in the end, but as this pic from the "rules of warfare" shows they .....shall we say...... drew inspiration from many sources lol

http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/2364/scan0068ki7.gif


and reflections are double edged swords indeed, the chain link lets that pic down, but in these one's the black knights reflection works well

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/4337/bk091fo3.jpg

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/8814/bk089nx9.jpg

thanks to the magic of digital cams i can take 30 or more shots then go thru the pics and find the "magic" shots. i get about 3 great shots per 30 taken.

such is life
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Hey, Mike,

Try taking the shots from where a scale person's eyes would be near the ground. Go in close and use the wide angle end of your zoom range. This model stands only 12" tall.

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These are great! I love this thread. More please.

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anyone here like the sf3d stuff?
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Old 06-05-2007, 02:32 AM   #20
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COOL WORKS! BRAVO!
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