Tuesday 2 October 2018

Battlemech 2: Thunderbolt

Continuing my slow painting of the new Battletech box set, I recently finished this Thunderbolt. He’ll be joining my ‘Firehawks Legion’ – which for the moment consists of him and the Locust.

I don’t have a lot of knowledge about how various mechs compare, but it looks like he’s a good ‘all arounder’ with some pretty heavy armour and a mix of short and long range weapons. Maybe not the most ‘offensive’ of mechs, but one who is going to stay the fight.

Once again, I am really pleased with the new mechs. The design looks tough and military in the 1980’s science-fiction kind of way that I find most appealing. I’m somewhat less pleased with my own paint job. It probably needed another coat of blue drybrush over the top to de-emphasis the black wash and to take a little shine off it. Still, it looks good enough for the tabletop, and I can’t be bothered to go back to it when I’ve got so many more figures waiting to get painted!


  1. Very nice! You've got me looking at this game again after 20+ years away from it :-)

    1. As near as I can tell, the game hasn't changed much (for good or ill) in the last 20 years. Hopefully though, we are seeing the beginning of a new set of mech designs.

  2. I think your figs look pretty great!

  3. Nice work!

    Thunderbolts are pretty solid offensively, and pack decent enough armor to stay in the fight IIRC. Depending on the era (pro-3025 here), you have to keep an eye on heat, though.