Monday, 8 June 2020


My five-year-old daughter wanted to do some colouring yesterday. This is one of the easiest ways for me to spend quality time with her as she loves to just sit and colour, and idly chat about this, that, and the other. She coloured a birthday cake. I went with an RFL-3N Rifleman - one of the oldest and coolest of the Battlemechs. I got this guy from the Battletech Activity Book, which I picked up for just such an occasion. The PDF is currently free on DriveThruRPG.

When the fad for adult colouring books first hit the market years ago, I was somewhat disdainful, but really that was just snobbery on my part. I mean, is there really a huge difference between colouring this sheet and painting the miniature? True, I'll potentially use the miniature for something, but really, I'm doing both activities because they are relaxing, allowing me to be creative, but without any great effort.

Anyway, I'm not sure I'd be so bold as to go with this colour scheme on a miniature, but I had fun!


  1. Sounds fun.

    Bad Squiddo Games have put our some free colouring books that your daughter might like (and might get her interested in shieldmaidens!) -!/Colouring-in/c/47640376/offset=0&sort=addedTimeDesc

  2. I, too, found the Battletech coloring pages not too long ago. In fact, my boys and I have had a lot of fun playing the board game (the hex based one). I also find the minis much easier to paint than fantasy (at least for my skill level). I mean, it aint no Frostgrave, but it is still fun.

    1. The game is a classic of its day. These days I favour the simpler Battletech: Alpha Strike.

  3. Seems like you could take the craft of “adult coloring” to a pretty advanced level if you wanted, using shading, gloss clear coating and flocking - just like miniature painting and scale modeling!

  4. That mech looks almost like glass...