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The store’s Dream Pod 9 order arrived early!

In it, a pleasant surprise: the new Heavy Gear Southern Field Guide, “Forged in Fire” …which was both good and bad.

Forged in Fire cover

It’s funny: in my last Heavy-Gear post I mentioned how I was awaiting the print version of the new source book (as well as the updated order form for the store: it seemed silly to be doing orders at the end of January with an order form last updated in October). It would seem I tempted fate enough so that both my complaints were taken care of; the fates also served me up a plate of “be careful what you wish for.” 

The Fates definitely were channeling a lot of bitch goddess: what they gave with one hand, they took with the other: I now have my Southern Field Guide in hand …but it looks like the list I made using the Gear Garage application is completely not doable with the updated way the field guide builds squads: Long Fang Nagas no longer get the severe points drop I was taking advantage of in my previous list, I’m unsure how to include Sidewinders into my force now without presumably making my army a Southern Milicia army (the Milicia uses outdated ‘gears …which the Sidewinder counts as in the game) and it looks like my ability to take a Black Mamba in a GP squad has evapourated as well.

This is what I was scared of happening: getting started in a new army list only to have an update show up that requires me to stop using the models I have started on and begin all over again …that’s how I’ve felt about my Empire army back when they got their 7th Edition book (I haven’t even given them a serious look-over with the Warhammer 8th Edition Army books).

So it’s back to the drawing board for me.

I think making a Strike squad will solve all of my issues, save the Strider–but that’s okay, seeing as how I still haven’t finished the models I started last week; the Naga would just be another thing waiting on my plate. So with only a couple of gears to paint up instead of a full squad and a strider, I think I’ll be trying to make it out for the first night of the Imaginary Wars “Slow Grow” Heavy Gear league this Friday.

Because players’ armies only grow by 300 points (of fully painted models) every two weeks, I should be able to get my gears to a good point for Friday…hopefully. I’m not too stressed about that though; because I knew I wasn’t going to get the Naga and Iguana models I planned on fielding until two days before the first night’s gaming, it was never my intention to show up on the first night. And now I’ll be doing my best to be there on Friday …tomorrow.

Anyways, below is some work-in-progress shots of what I have so far.

My favourite 'Gear: the Sidewinder!

My favourite ‘Gear: the Sidewinder!

The Sidewinder seen from its left side.

The Sidewinder seen from its left side.

Black Mamba with Paratroop Rifle Upgrade

Black Mamba with Paratroop Rifle Upgrade

Strike Jager from front (with Lt. Bazooka not glued on).

Strike Jager from front (the Lt. Bazooka isn’t glued on yet).

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Strike Jager from right side (weapon still missing).

Starting the Camouflage

I also just got started working on the camo layer and am using the Black Mamba as my guinea pig for it.

Black Mamba from the side before camo pattern started.

Black Mamba from the side before starting any camo colour.

Sandy-coloured camo on left leg.

Sandy-coloured camo on left leg.

I’m not sure how much I like it so far–yes, yes I’m aware what little camo that’s there is far too subtle.

To be fair, this is just the start of the camo pattern (and only on one leg at that), but I already know if I don’t make some colour changes, I’ll be disappointed in the end paint job. I suspect my main problem right now stems from basing the model in Vallejo’s “Middlestone” colour–which is a very greeny ochre / ochre-y green–and then deciding to go with Vallejo’s “Green Ochre” for the lighter colour layer; it’s what’s making it so hard to see a definite camo pattern right now.

Perhaps I’ll go to a whiter sandy colour…and then add some dark brown bits. I’m trying to emulate a camouflage pattern designed for arid areas that still retain hardy vegetation: what I basically picture most of the Heavy Gear planet, Terra Nova, as having (until one gets closer to its poles, that is). 

Anyways, that’s where I’m at so far. Here’s hoping I progress in leaps and bounds before Friday!

….Which is, y’know, tomorrow.

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