|Army Combat Armor Suit Mark 3 Model 1 [click to embiggen].|
Okay, here are the first two RAFM conversions painted.
First up is Espera's CAS-3-Mod 1 Ape carrying on the right arm an M75 80mm lightweight high-velocity recoilless autocannon. The left arm has a M134 GAU-2B/A 7.62mm minigun. Finally, the suit has a shoulder mounted missile launcher carrying 15 rockets.
Though Espera only appears in Strike Dog my assumption is that this is a pretty standard Army Ape suit loadout for a weapons specialist.
|Army Combat Armor Suit Mark 1 Model 1EV Engineering Variant [click to embiggen].|
Defense against armor suits is provided by a M26 short-recoil light 20mm autocannon that fires a 20 x 102mm high explosive dual purpose anti-armor (HEDP) warhead with a range of 3 kilometers. The M26 comes with an inbuilt Mk 30 40 x 53mm underbarrel grenade launcher effective out to one kilometer.
In addition, the CAS-1-Mod 1EV carries an M240LC general purpose 7.62mm machine gun.
Tell me what you all think about the paint job on these as I tried out a whole bunch of new techniques. Any suggestions for making them better will be gratefully received.
Unable to get enough models for two sides, I began searching for mecha compatible with the Takara range, and discovered Dream Pod 9s Heavy Gear range.
Inevitably, all my Takara minis got put to one side, unloved until now.
And that is the sad, sad story of how after many years of painting 6mm mecha I got sucked into the plastic Dream Pod 9 Heavy Gear KickStarter.
And thus, my future journey on the road to 15mm mecha was sealed.