How-To: Build the BGS-7S Barghest

BGS-7S Barghest

 The Barghest, debuting in TRO3060, made little headway in the minds of fans. “Okay” might be the best descriptor, with good speed and a big gun but poor heat dissipation, secondary weapons choices, and the natural problems of quads in close-quarters.
 
Now it’s time to meet the -7S, the one that breaks the mould. Gone is the big ballistic + 1-2 energy weapon load. Instead, we’re looking at paired LPPCs coupled with paired MVSP lasers as the primary mounts, backed up by a MML-7, Flamer, and rear-mounted MPL.
 
Okay, got the basics covered. Time for the mods. After stripping a second-hand Barghest mini and picking off the wads of glue, I was ready to start.
 
 
Skipping the AC was the easy part. There’s no big gun to be found on this model, so it went into the bits bin. Then came the choice of what to do for the -7S’s guns. I liked the ER LLs, and decided to use them as the LPPCs – nice long, fairly narrow barrels felt right for a light long-range gun. Cutting them apart right through the middle yielded the pair of LPPCs. Ironically enough, with lasers becoming PPCs, I ended up using PPCs as lasers, taking the ERPPC barrels from a Warhammer -9S to use as the MVSPs. One flange was cut off, and the barrel was mounted underneath our now-LPPCs.
 
 
After that, the question remained what to do for the torso weapons. I looked at a few possibilities for the flamer, including that from the 25mm Elemental, but the options on hand were too large for the space. I went for a copy of the Berserker, and made a “mouth” for the flamer to fire from. It, along with the MML and MPL were built from greenstuff.
 
 
The photo above shows the basic form for the MML and the barrels for the LPPC/MVSP combo stuck together. Along the way I decided to alter the static pose of the mini and did some mods to the front legs to facilitate this: the right leg’s toes are bent down after making a cut in the underside of the foot, while the left leg has been cut at the knee and shifted to a straighter position. Now for the booty shot:
 
 
Once the parts were roughed out it was a matter of cleaning them up and making the details. It took a couple tries to get the MML tubes to fit right, but in the end I was happy with them. And yes, I know the “keyhole” tubes wouldn’t really work, but that’s the look for MMLs so that’s what I went with. Once you figure out FTL travel we’ll worry about missile tubes.
 
 
Oh yeah, it’s “mouth”…
 
As I said, not much room there to work with, but a few triangles for teeth give a playful nod to its claimed aesthetics as being as fearsome looking as the Atlas or Berserker.
 
Assembly did require some creative support while the glue set. Blu-tak is my friend. On-the-fly photography is not. Oh well, an in-focus pic from that angle will have to wait until it’s painted…
 
 
 
And you can see it painted by clicking here!

Assembling WoB Spectral Omnifighters

 I recently picked up the three miniatures for the three Word of Blake Spectral Omnifighters. When I sat down to assemble the models, I realized that they have a large number of pieces and that telling the difference between the various fins and wings could be challenging, especially for someone new to assembling and painting minis. In fact, it seemed like there were way more pieces than should reasonably fit on an aerospace fighter.

Use of Pigments

To players and hobbyists, the art of painting miniatures can feel overwhelming. There are so many choices to make - choosing the mini, the scheme, paint brands, paint brushes, and techniques. It seems never-ending, like there’s another whole world that you don’t understand each time you try a new project. Even once you have started to grow in the hobby and have some basics under your belt, the more advanced techniques can feel like an insurmountable wall. My aim here is to break down one of those walls and take some of the fear out of trying something new. My subject today is applying dry pigments.

 

Assembling the Tonbo

Assembling the Tonbo

As part of the CSO Team's effort to support Iron Wind Metals website updates, I recently received a copy of the Tonbo Superheavy Transport VTOL, as described in Catalyst Game Labs' Technical Readout 3085, pages 52-53.

I opened the baggie to find...

Assembling the Tonbo

As part of the CSO Team's effort to support Iron Wind Metals website updates, I recently received a copy of the Tonbo Superheavy Transport VTOL, as described in Catalyst Game Labs' Technical Readout 3085, pages 52-53.

I opened the baggie to find...

How-To: Weathering

 Battletech Miniature Weathering
 For me weathering is something that truly makes a Mech ‘come alive’. I just love it as it can add so much detail and character to a miniature. A couple of times I have tried to paint a clean Mech with a shiny ‘out-of-the-factory’ scheme, but I can’t. I always come back and add at least a little bit of wear and tear. Hey, even with Jamie Wolf as the pilot the paint scheme will suffer scratches and wear around the feet just moving out of the factory. 

Battletech Miniature Weathering

For me weathering is something that truly makes a Mech ‘come alive’. I just love it as it can add so much detail and character to a miniature. A couple of times I have tried to paint a clean Mech with a shiny ‘out-of-the-factory’ scheme, but I can’t. I always come back and add at least a little bit of wear and tear. Hey, even with Jamie Wolf as the pilot the paint scheme will suffer scratches and wear around the feet just moving out of the factory.

Painting a Clan Wolverine Scheme

A writeup on painting a Clan Wolverine Scheme

Painting a Clan Wolverine Scheme

A writeup on painting a Clan Wolverine Scheme

Painting a Not-Named Clan Mech

Painting a Not-Named Mech

Long awaited for practically decades, the paint schemes of the Not-Named Clan’s various units will soon be revealed.

Painting a Not-Named Clan Mech

Long awaited for practically decades, the paint schemes of the Not-Named Clan’s various units will soon be revealed.

IIkasur Shogunate Walkthrough

A tutorial for painting a Shogunate scheme.

Small Terrain Boards

A tutorial on how to make small terrain boards for mini photography

Paints, Lights, Cameras and Colors

 An overview of various techniques that you can use to improve each of the key areas mentioned.

Painting a Clan Coyote scheme

A brief writeup on how to paint a Clan Coyote scheme.

Painting a Clan Jade Falcon scheme

A brief writeup on how to paint a Clan Jade Falcon scheme.

Hastur! Hastur! Hastur!

A Painting Tutorial for Operation Klondike

The colors of the Nation of Hastur are yellow ochre and black, the latter usually being added as wavy lines. Many warriors place their interpretation of the Yellow Sign in a prominent place on their machines. The Yellow Sign consists of an irregular three-armed cross, with no two exactly alike.

Painting a Clan Hell's Horses scheme

A brief writeup on how to paint a Clan Hell's Horses scheme.

Painting a Clan Nova Cat Scheme

A brief writeup on how to paint a Clan Nova Cat scheme.

Painting a Clan Wolf Scheme

A brief writeup on how to paint a Clan Wolf scheme.

Painting a Clan Blood Spirit Scheme

A brief writeup on how to paint the Clan Blood Spirit Alpha Galaxy scheme.