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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 Oct 2005 8:25 a.m. PST

Here is how the Last Painter Standing II contest will work:

I'll start each Finalist off with three unique 'mech models (no Finalists will have the same models). When each painting round begins, I'll announce the painting theme. The Finalist can then select which model to paint for that round.

Where do the painting themes come from? That's where you come in!

Email me ( with your proposals for a painting round theme. Put "LPS2 Theme Proposal" in the subject of the email. I'll collect the proposals, and then we'll have a vote to determine which theme to use for each contest round.

Themes should be self-explanatory (i.e., not requiring the contestants to run out and buy BattleTech manuals or books to figure out). "Paint the 'mech in the livery of House Davion" would not be a good proposal. "Paint the 'mech using blue and gold as primary colors" would be fine.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 Oct 2005 8:28 a.m. PST

(You can also post ideas here, but they won't be included in the contest unless emailed to me.)

Lukash Inactive Member24 Oct 2005 9:05 a.m. PST

I'm just happy to see this contest return…I thought the first one was just great.

The only idea I have is that contestants should have to paint an Atlas. IMO, that is the game's most recognizable mech. Well, besideds the stuff they had to drop years ago.

Highland Guerilla Inactive Member24 Oct 2005 9:06 a.m. PST

I used Napoleonic uniforms as a template,got a lovely hatchetman done up as a chasseuer a pied of the guard.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 Oct 2005 9:29 a.m. PST

The only idea I have is that contestants should have to paint an Atlas.

Well, one contestant will probably paint an Atlas. There are 100 'mechs here in the TMP office – I imagine there's got to be an Atlas in there somewhere…

Trapondur Inactive Member24 Oct 2005 9:31 a.m. PST

what is the deadline for submitting a photo of a painted miniature?
must that be a painted mech or any type of miniature?

Trapondur Inactive Member24 Oct 2005 9:50 a.m. PST

sorry, I just found the 30th november deadline myself…

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 Oct 2005 9:56 a.m. PST

must that be a painted mech or any type of miniature?

Anything you think will get you voted into the contest.

Ken Sharp Inactive Member24 Oct 2005 10:10 a.m. PST

Once upon a time, I painted an Awesome Mech as a sort of Captain America mech. A friend took that theme and ran with it, producing in short order a Spider mech painted like Spiderman, a Vulcan mech painted as Spock of Starfleet, etc.. I've also seen Thunderbolt mechs painted in the livery of Zemke's Wolfpack, aka the 56th Fighter Group, USAAF. An Atlas was done up as the Great Pumpkin of Charlie Brown fame, with a Jack-o lantern head and "day;lunar" variation of the old American Day; Desert camoflage. Colorful times, they were.


PeteMurray Inactive Member24 Oct 2005 10:35 a.m. PST

Possible themes:
-Adaptation of an real-world aircraft camo scheme
-Based on a historical uniform (I like the Chasseurs paint scheme idea)
-Garish contrasts: Green and orange, or pink and purple—can you make a silk purse out of a sow's ear?
-In the Field: Field-improvised camo is as old as armored conflict. Sometimes Mechs get fielded in colors that are inappropriate for the theatre. What happens when the tech crews make a quick workaround?
-Regimental Wildman: "Oh that one? That's Crazy Joe's. His 100-9 file has its own staff and office building."

AndrewGPaul Inactive Member24 Oct 2005 10:41 a.m. PST

I've seen Phoenix Hawks, Stingers, Crusaders and Wasps painted up as Veritech fighters from Robotech, I've seen 'Mechs painted up in the same colours as various Transformers.

PeteMurray Inactive Member24 Oct 2005 10:54 a.m. PST

More ideas:

-Trainer: Experimental or training vehicles are often painted in distinctive, high visibility markings. What would a training version of a Battlemech look like?

-Off the Deadline: Damaged Battlemechs are repaired in an inverse-severity queue, which means that job with the missing arm and leg and holed left torso might not get worked on until the truce that ends the 9th Succession War. Every once in a while, a crew will cobble together one of these sad cases out of two or three "donor" vehicles. What would this look like when it comes off the line?

-Inspired by history: Paint jobs based on real armor paint schemes.

-Psychological Warfare: Why try to hide a 10M tall war machine? Wouldn't it be better to paint it black with white skulls? Or flames? Or a big ol' Trogdor on the side? Really scare the jibblies out of the other guys. There they go again… The jibblies.

Trapondur Inactive Member24 Oct 2005 11:22 a.m. PST

I don't like the notion of a theme that is too precise and limiting creativity on the painter's job.

I'd be for interpretable themes, leaving room.


Snow cameo (not being more precise)
Desert cameo
Jungle cameo
Scarred & battered

and so on…
nothing too precise. especially no old particular uniform patterns from whatnot era.
nothing that would require the painter to get that information beforehand (as would be the case with the uniform patterns).

PeteMurray Inactive Member24 Oct 2005 11:46 a.m. PST

Oh look, you have to e-mail them to the Editor. Thickie point for Pete.

Namuraz Inactive Member24 Oct 2005 1:15 p.m. PST

Looks like all my ideas have been posted before I could do it. :(

nanite Inactive Member24 Oct 2005 2:30 p.m. PST

Sent in my suggestions.

Afraid the only way I will be a contestant is if there is a startling lack of other entrants.

Doc Perverticus Inactive Member24 Oct 2005 6:56 p.m. PST

When you send a post to Bill, dont forget to include your TMP ID ( the old trail of breadcrumbs trick! )

fanjoy Inactive Member25 Oct 2005 3:30 p.m. PST

Quote:Themes should be self-explanatory (i.e., not requiring the contestants to run out and buy BattleTech manuals or books to figure out.

Of course, you can go and look up specifics of unit schemes on I think it would be neat if some of the proposals were based on canon Battletech material. For example:

Robinson Rangers theme: red and black camo.
Davion Brigade of Guards theme: vertical stripes of red white and blue, in the following pattern: blue-white-red-white-blue

nanite Inactive Member25 Oct 2005 4:13 p.m. PST

Thought I would share my suggestions:

Hot Rods
Nose Art
Art Deco
Art Nuevo
Peter Max (psychedelic)

Ghost0402 Inactive Member25 Oct 2005 9:47 p.m. PST

If you all need some ideas on what all this stuff looks like, there is, the forums section has some painted minis, and is just for the painted mini's.

sounguru Inactive Member01 Nov 2005 12:32 a.m. PST

Okay dumb ?

Where do I submit my entry I have searched and cannot find the subbmission poit any where.

Maybe sticky it to the main page

SavageCoyote Inactive Member01 Nov 2005 1:34 a.m. PST

Yeah, for some reason I can't find the submit page lol…

DarkMarauder Inactive Member01 Nov 2005 8:00 p.m. PST

Had a hard finding it myself yesterday and can't find it at all today. But looked in history and here is the link;
TMP link

Typhoon Inactive Member02 Dec 2005 8:15 p.m. PST

"This is a multi-round contest in which the Finalists will paint a series of models from Iron Wind Metals' BattleTech line."

I am not trying to say that the paint work I see are bad many are fantastic but how in the billions of blistering blue barnacles has fantasy minis, GW minis and the other assorted non-Battletech minis meet the contest parameters? Unless I am missing something then most of the non-Battletech minis should not be in this contest. Just a query and a comment not an attack.

Typhoon Inactive Member03 Dec 2005 6:11 a.m. PST

Never mind answering the above. It was explained to me.

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