Sunday, June 25, 2017

MWO Battlemechs Part 2


Continuing on with MWO designs (well, 4/5 of them, anyway, here's 'mechs numbers six through ten. Good thing for my wallet there aren't that many more out so far. 


If you flip through the 3025 book you'll see that the mechs all have sibling designs in similar poses. The Cyclops here was one of the designs that Duane Loose had created riffing off of the old Macross mecha, in this case the Spartan Destroid (aka the Archer). One of the mistakes the FASA bunch made (besides using designs without permission) was not putting any logic to its mechs and breaking them up by faction and unit type (i.e., all mono-eye mobile suits belong to Zeon, etc)  It would've lent more personality to the factions and headed off the ugliness that followed the 3025 tech manual. 


 Speaking of the Archer, it's been resurrected in all its glory. One innovation that this sculptor/producer's been bringing to the table is a plethora of variant parts, in the Archer's case open-door torso racks. I wish it'd been thought through a bit better, though; the slots for the doors are shallow, so some sawing is required if you want the doors to stay. Even so, it's a brittle system (even though it looks great) and I'm dreading the first time I transport the thing. Still, I'm glad the designer has decided to skew classical with all of the deleted Macross derivations. Speaking of which...


One that didn't hew classical was the Marauder, so I bought his other offering, the Macross-styled Glaug, and painted it like the 3025 cover girl. The dorsal cannon's post hole was shallow, so some extra drilling was required, but the whole thing went together quite pleasingly. The new, blocky Marauder in the game does belong more to the same design series as the King Crab, so I may yet purchase one, but for now, this one's enough for me. 


On the tabletop the King Crab's one of those all-nothing designs that's both a blast and a nail-biter to play, as it's only got five rounds for each of its arm guns. The redesign gave it a waist so it can torso-twist and some less cheesy-looking clamp-style claws, and if you want the model even ships with a closed pair. Come to thing of it, my team of friends won a tournament  back in the day using these things and medium laser carrier Hunchbacks. Ah, good times. I need to come up with a new method for doing stripes, though. I'm afraid these have all come out looking rather flat. 


The opening heats of said tournament, as I recall (it was ever so long ago) were played with limited tonnage, so a pair of mediums/lights was the order of the day, and the Centurion worked pretty well for me. (well, a variant that used an AC20 with its LRM rack, anyway). I forget what its friend was... a more spry up-armored Jenner, perhaps? Well, anyway, the newer version is a delight, with its more stylized armor and right arm shield. Sharp eyed fans will notice the House Marik paint scheme, but I neglected to put the Marik emblem on there as we're all mercenaries here anyway, and I'd rather paint a series of eye-catching models rather than bore you with a whole company of same-old, same-olds. 

Till next time...

10 comments:

Mordian7th said...

Those are spectacular! Beautifully done, man.

Mike Myst said...

Gorgeous, whose castings are they, the old ral partha pre licening problem ones ?

#2501 said...

@ Mordian: Thanks man!

@Mike: they're 3D prints in metal from a seller outside the US.

Jeff said...

Ah yes, I am pretty sure this would be from the guy I've ordered a Marauder and Catapult from in the past (still haven't put them together after over a year). Seeing that Archer made me scramble to his seller page to see if he's actually selling it.

Mark said...

His stock rotates, so keep an eye on him. Things appear and disappear from his store constantly.

Jeff said...

Yeah, I checked with him about it and he said they were back in stock, but after seeing your comments he was going to see if he could improve the design of the Archer a bit and also add some variant options, so I'll wait on those before ordering.

Mark said...

He reads the blog? Awesome!

Wong Koi Hin said...

Hello there! Great models and fantastic work on them! May I know where can I purchase them? Thank you.

Jeff said...

At least some of them (I think they all are but don't want to assume) are sold by insane_kangaroo via eBay.

Mark said...

Jeff's right, they're all from that seller. I didn't want to give the lawyers a trail to sniff out, but...yeah.