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MarikIntrobox by shiberude
MarikIntrobox
Hey guys. Painting has continued in Japan.

With the most recent incarnation of the intro box, and with some spare time during the various vacation times that I had to spend in "The Office", I decided to keep my hands busy and make three more 8-mech sets using the intro box for demo games. These recent three sets were painted with all new paints (Primarily Tamiya acrylics), and I also experimented with the use of Pigments in order to give weathering effects.

This Free Worlds League / Marik force was actually breaking the mold, and instead, I tried breaking one of the cardinal rules for painting tabletop minis: I used enamel paints. "What is this heresy", you might say. However, I recently found out that one of my most cherished game series, "Virtual On", actually has their own line of paints for use with their plastic model kits ( www.gaianotes.com/products/vir… ). I couldn't resist the opportunity to paint my mechs up in a Virtual ON palette. I opted to continue using the purple/white/black paint scheme of the Free Worlds Guards, as my existing lance can be used as a 3025 force should the need arise... I'm going to have to swap out the Shadowhawk and Goliath before I can use it, though.

Almost all the colors were done using the Virtual ON paints, but some colors simply aren't in the selection, such as black, in which case I had to resort to using other brands, like Tamiya Enamels. Colors that got used heavily were Cold White, Freshmint Green, Myzr Purple, Frame Metallic, Shadow Grey, and Marz Light Grey. They were lined using Tamiya's enamel liner, rust effects were painted on in order to match with my existing Marik lance, and then a thick layer of dark brown "Mud" pigments were added to the legs and lower halves of the mechs in order to show all the mud kicked up from the jungle/rainforest floor. In order to try to give it an "Alien" feel, I tried adding blue paint to the flocking, but unfortunately, the end result felt cartoony and unrealistic rather than alien. Other issues, like enamels being more opaque than I expected, made the blending between the highlights and base color not turn out as nice, but once the weathering was applied, it became less noticeable. 

Mechs are (From left to right): Spider, Quickdraw, Hunchback, Awesome, Hermes II, Assassin, Trebuchet, Dervish. Luckily, the intro box is filled with Marik Options, so even when I had to make hard decisions for the other forces, it was often an issue of "Which is slightly less Free Worlds League exclusive". I noticed that this force feels considerably light in comparison to the other forces, but it gains the advantage of long range weapons and surprising mobility. Again, when in doubt, just play with Piloting and Gunnery to balance things as much as possible.
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Capellan Introbox Force by shiberude
Capellan Introbox Force
Hey guys. Painting has continued in Japan.

With the most recent incarnation of the intro box, and with some spare time during the various vacation times that I had to spend in "The Office", I decided to keep my hands busy and make three more 8-mech sets using the intro box for demo games. These recent three sets were painted with all new paints (Primarily Tamiya acrylics), and I also experimented with the use of Pigments in order to give weathering effects.

This Capellan/Liao force was painted up to look like the 15th Dracon; a former Mercenary force with roots going back to the Star League, but eventually became incorporated into the Capellan military proper. I have used one of the Alpha Strike packs to paint up a complementary lance, but that will be shown at a later time.

Again, Paints primarily rely on Tamiya Acrylic color. Primarily mid greys, white, green. To get a good color for the green, some layering was done with white. Guns done with their metallics lines, too. Cockpits done with a blend of pink and purple. Lining was done using the smoke transparent color, which I found isn't as good at the job as GW's washes, but it does the trick. The whole things were brushed over with white pigments in order to give the look of being beaten with snow on a either a frosty tundra or during the winter months of their planets' cycle, but sadly, the white pigment just doesn't seem to have much effect over grey.

Mechs are (From left to right): Cyclops, Vindicator, Catapult, Clint, Jagermech, Whitworth, Enforcer, and Jenner. Luckly, most everything here is pretty justifiable according to the RATs in TRO 3039 and Era Report 3052, and some understandable battlefield salvage is also included (Like the Enforcer). You'll notice my picture looks kind of wonky, as though seen through a VHS tape. That's because I tried to color correct this image to better represent what the miniatures look like, but alas, I cannot into the photoshops.
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Steiner Introbox Force. by shiberude
Steiner Introbox Force.
Hey guys. Painting has continued in Japan.

With the most recent incarnation of the intro box, and with some spare time during the various vacation times that I had to spend in "The Office", I decided to keep my hands busy and make three more 8-mech sets using the intro box for demo games. These recent three sets were painted with all new paints (Primarily Tamiya acrylics), and I also experimented with the use of Pigments in order to give weathering effects.

This Lyran/Steiner force was painted up to look like one of the many Lyran Guards regiments. Since my existing Steiner lance is sort of questionable for use as a Succession wars force due to the inclusion of the Bushwhacker, keeping the same scheme wasn't the way to go.

Again, Paints primarily rely on Tamiya Acrylic color. Primarily Flat White, Sky Blue, (A shade of blue slightly brighter than the standard blue, because blue turned out more like gloss navy), and their lightest grey. Some mixing was needed. Guns done with their metallics lines, too. Cockpits done with a blend of black, red, and orange. The whole things were brushed over with sand-colored pigments in order to give the dustier, weathered look, but I didn't go so far as adding rust effects. Steiner is known for their decorum and their money. Not having spare parts seems to be more an issue if supply for them, than money, so paint should never be a problem. However, the dusty winds of a hot planet are likely to wear them down a little.

Mechs are (From left to right): Commando, Grasshopper, Panther, Zeus, Cicada, Banshee, Dragon, Atlas. I'm not fully happy with having to include the Dragon and Panther, but between Steiner, Marik, and Liao, Steiner was the faction most justifiable for finding them. Since this force grossly outweighs most of the other faction forces, I intentionally reduce the skill levels of all the mechwarriors. This kind of keeps in step with the lore, where the Lyrans were known for putting far more emphasis on social stature over skill than most other factions.
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:iconsteel-raven:
Steel-Raven Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the Fav+!
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Mecha-Zone Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
:star: Hi and thanks for the +WATCH :star:

PS: welcome to DA!
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