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LPS2 Round 1 - Report from Adrian Gideon


Urban Mech IIc
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20-931
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Suggested Retail Price
$7.50 USD


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Ah, but you are. We all are.


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Adrian Gideon writes:

Mini description:

UrbanMech IIC For Sale

The UrbanMech IIC was one of the first upgraded 'Mech created by Clan Coyote, around the same time as they were developing OmniMech technology. Here we see an example of an UrbanMech IIC in Clan Coyote colors. However, these pictures raise many disturbing questions, as the Clans would never discard a piece of equipment is such a fashion. But that's not the worst of it. This dejected BattleMech has been sitting on this Junkyard lot on Nyserta since 3042 - 8 full years before the Clans ever made contact with the Inner Sphere.

A small sign under the 'Mech reads:

FORE SALE CHEEP
AS-IS DUMMY!

Step-by-Step

For my entry I decided to go the literal route, and do something you'd find in a junkyard not "banged up" per se, but discarded and un-maintained. So I did a bit of photo research on junked cars, and decided on a rough idea: baby blue, with dark blue and metal/chrome highlights. However, a sickly green primer will be showing through, along with rust bursting out of the topmost exposed areas.

I checked over my minis to see what I had to work with. The UrbanMech IIC seemed the obvious choice, as its predecessor the UrbanMech is much maligned, and they both look like a trash bin on legs. The miniature looked fairly straightforward, a set of legs, a torso, and two weapon arms (small laser and autocannon).

Parts

Cleaning and assembly was easy, except for a miscast running straight down the center torso. It required some careful filing and scribbing, but in the end the detail was restored. The connection between the legs and torso was tenuous, so I pinned them. The mini and a few junk items were set into its hexbase with greenstuff. For the assorted junk I used a discarded weapon array, half a button snap, a chopped piece of a vehicle, some textured plastic card, and some greenstuff shaped like a sack. After the green cured, I glued ballast and sand onto the base.

Assembled

I primed the miniature white, and gave it three thin coats of blue (2/3 Ice Blue & 1/3 Shadow Gray).

Primed and basecoated

Next the mini received two doses of Magic Wash, tinted with equal parts black ink, Regal Blue, and Shadow Gray.

Washed