Replacement Parts from Dream Pod 9

A while ago I realised that two of the Heavy Gear products I’d bought were missing parts: the legs from a Sapeur and some of the heads and rocket packs from a squad of Espions. Missing legs is obviously pretty important, and the rocket packs for the Espions are very distinctive and unlike anything any other model has.

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Back to the painting! Fer de Lance

Over the last few years I have suffered from clinical depression. For a while it was very severe and it was difficult to do any of the things I would normally enjoy. During this period one of the things that helped me cope was taking up painting miniatures, something I hadn’t done since I was a pre-teen. The active but somewhat mindless state I could get in while painting helped me to relax a bit and even if I wasn’t capable of enjoying myself, I felt like I was doing something I had been meaning to do for years and at least being a little creative.

Sometimes it was too hard to do any painting and I have to thank my best friend Olaf, co-author of this blog, for always encouraging me and reminding me that it helped.

I’m doing a lot better these days than I was then, but I still find I succumb to “painter’s block” for long periods – I feel unable to actually start painting, even though I keep making plans to do so. “This weekend I’ll definitely get my paints out of the box” I’d say, then find some reason not to. I’m fond of telling people “try doing something for 5 minutes and then letting yourself stop if you want”. It’s good advice for overcoming mental blocks, but it’s also very hard advice to follow sometimes.

Anyway yesterday I overcame the block and actually painted a miniature, the fancypants Fer de Lance of the Southern Republic, from Heavy Gear Blitz by Dream Pod 9. If history is any guide then I’ll probably paint several more in the coming weeks/months, and it will be as therapeutic as it always has been.

Here it is, and there’s more pics after the fold.

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Front view of the Fer de Lance. Painted in the same scheme as my other Honour Guard. You can see the Light Anti-Tank Missile and Medium Rifle that make up his offensive armament.

 

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Heavy Gear Spotlight – Spartan

About Heavy Gear Spotlight

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Code Name: Spartan

Faction: Peace River

Manufacturer: Paxton

Height: 4.7 meters

Weight: 7,330 kg


Baconradar’s Summary: A reliable heavy paratrooper offering strong weapons to airdrop groups

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Heavy Gear Spotlight – Razorback

About Heavy Gear Spotlight

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Code Name: Razorback

Faction: The North

Manufacturer: Northco

Height: 4.7 meters

Weight: 8,134 kg


Baconradar’s Summary: A tough, flexible ground pounder, badly overshadowed by better choices

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Heavy Gear Spotlight – BF2-21

About Heavy Gear Spotlight

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Code Name: BF2-21

Faction: CEF

Manufacturer: Colonial Expeditionary Force

Height: 4.6 meters

Weight: 5,950 kg


Baconradar’s Summary: Highly mobile sniper with great variants and a cheaper little brother

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Heavy Gear Spotlight – Jackal

About Heavy Gear Spotlight

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Code Name: Jackal

Faction: Peace River

Manufacturer: Paxton

Height: 4.2 meters

Weight: 5,930 kg


Baconradar’s Summary: Cheap, offensively versatile, but fragile paratrooper gear

 

Note: The Jackal is currently unreleased, but you can see a preview of the model, which will be pewter, here: http://www.dp9.com/content/new-jackal-3d-model-preview

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Heavy Gear Blitz – Rattlesnake

Been painting up another obsolete old model for my mercenary compagnie in Heavy Gear Blitz. This time it’s the Rattlesnake which was an early strike gear, faster and lighter than a Jager and, crucially, armed with a medium rocket pack (MRP) rather than the light rocket pack of similar cheap gears (or even the Black Mamba strike gear!).

The Rattlesnake doesn’t have any stats in the Living Rule Book, but I will be posting stats up on the blog so others can add it to their game.

I’m pretty happy with how he came out. I think it’s clear my painting style is slowly moving toward higher contrast models with more variation in shade, but more gradual transitions

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Note the tiny little camera head. The pilot’s head is in the armoured block below that, with a vision slit in case the camera gets blown off!

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