Sunday 28 October 2012

Tomorrow's War meets Battletech: House Kurita's "Wasp" finished

House Kurita still relies on the fast 20 ton "Wasp" for its recon lances. Created back in the days when the SLDF was still around, these venerable designs have received some updates to face the invading Clan forces.

Light-weight, fast and maneuverable - the miniature is based upon a converted 1/200 Macross Valkyrie plastic kit.
An Intek Medium Pulse Laser in combination with an Irian Armorworks SRM-2 launcher doesn't deal a lot of damage, but that's not the job of a scout unit anyways...

The pose of the miniature is based upon the artwork of the unseen "Wasp" as depicted in TRO 3050/52.

The original "Wasp" design was inspired by the Valkyrie suits of the Macross animated series. These had a large number of plastic kits produced in Japan, varying in scale and content. Based upon the 1/200 scale plastic kit, combined with arms of a Gashapon action figure (also from Macross) I created this N-scale "WSP-3M Wasp" and used a pose as it was seen in the first print of TR 3050.
The artwork of these early FASA products did catch my attention back in the day. Its how I see the CBT universe - full of what nowadays is called "unseen" Mechs. I could imagine my whole recon lance is going to contain nothing but those early Mech designs and sub-variants... ^^

Thursday 11 October 2012

Tomorrow's War meets Battletech: House Kurita's "Longbow" finished

Another repainted 3" Exo Squad figure, now acting as House Kurita's "LGB-0W Longbow" Mech.

Compared to House Davion's Longbow I decided to have this one's missile bays closed. That allows me to show off with some really nice, large scale Kurita dragon crests.

The left "arm" sports the Sword of Light emblem. The huge tube-like arms include a Sian/Ceres LRM-20 system. 
The back shot reveals various heat sinks and the Sashimono back banner which I add to all of my Sword Of Light Mechs.
The Longbow is a popular missile support platform, bombing the enemy lines from a great distance. Not really made to go into a fight face to face with enemy Mechs, it rather stays behind and fires salvo after salvo of long ranged missiles. With 85 tons the Longbow is one of the heavier Mechs I plan to use with my Kurita force. Bear with me, more units are on the painting table! So many figures - so little time :-(