A swarm of 3D-printed Fleas!

So far most of the ‘mechs I’ve printed have been on the heavy side, so I was conscious that if I wanted a viable battleforce I’d need to augment them with some lighter ‘mechs.

Then, in a fit of insanity, I decided it would be fun to print half a dozen Fleas (15-ton scout ‘mechs)! I quite like the idea of a swarm of these critters crowding around heavier ‘mechs and being a general nuisance, even if they can’t deal a killer blow.

I wanted to emphasise their diminutive size, so I scaled them down a bit so they’re about the same size as an Epic-scale Sentinel. That’s another nice thing about 3D printing miniatures: you can very easily shrink or enlarge the model if you don’t like its size.

I’m taking a few of these chaps in a game tomorrow and I’m keen to see if my idea works out!

‘Mechs of the Inner Sphere

You wouldn’t know it from the contents of this blog, but I’ve been playing BattleTech for almost as long as I’ve been playing Epic: at least thirty years now!

However, despite playing the occasional game, I haven’t expanded my (fairly modest) collection of ‘mechs in at least twenty years, and certainly haven’t painted any this side of the Millenium.

I was very fortunate to receive a copy of the new Beginner’s Box and an Inner Sphere Battle Lance as gifts. These contain some of the gorgeous new miniatures being produced by Catalyst Game Labs, which have inspired me to get more involved in the game: I’ve now painted the plastic ‘mechs in a consistent colour scheme and will be going back into my collection of old metal ‘mechs to strip and repaint them. My gaming BFF Mark and I went halves on a set of GeoHex tiles to create some gorgeous battlescapes for playing games on!

More pictures of the above ‘mechs below the fold.

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