Progress update, Tales of the Black Widow project (Battletech)

Well, I had a progress update to post night before last. Then I dislocated my knee again (#17! YAAAAAAY!) and spent posting time in the ER and/or too high to write coherently. So, yeah. ‘Nuff about me.

Three nights ago, I did up a test ‘Mech for Santander’s Killers, an SHD-2D. I’m particularly proud of the cockpit jewelling. The color scheme is based on the old “Medium Lance” box cover; if you look closely, the Shad in the front has an emblem of the Santander V flag with crossed swords behind on a black diamond (Click for embiggitude). In addition, the only canon source on the colors of the Killers is some sidebar fiction where a Griff pilot describes silver and black ‘Mechs (generally, the first color named is the primary, with the other being a prominent detail color).Lisa - Medium Lance CoverCompare to:
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She still needs basing and decals, but I really like this scheme.
Cockpit jeweling is based on an old manga technique, using the “streaks” of brushmarks to get the layering down. First layer was a thin white streak along the lower and right edges and a small dot in the upper left. Next is a dark purple glaze, followed by a fast wet-blend using the dark and medium purples with a small amount of bone white. Took me about a minute, not counting the dry-time for the glaze.
As for the conversion, it’s another salvaged eBay plastic from 3e. The guy I got it from apparently tried the old lighter trick to burn off the excess vinyl flash, but only partially melted the side of the head and damaged the guns. The current arm lasers, LRM drum, and cannon are recast off of one of those Gashapon I picked up last month, while the (damaged) backpack is original, with a sculpted ammo pack on the left side to replace the damage from Bubba the ‘Mech Abuser.

Why did I pick what’s almost universally regarded as one of the shittiest ‘Mechs in BattleTech? Well, it’s a spike damage-dealer used for ambushes (piratical); the leader of the Killers, the pirate-king Halmar Valasek, is from the Federated Suns (who developed the modification); and damnit, it looks kind of cool.

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