Cell Shaded Battletech

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Cell Shaded Battletech

Post by gardenninja » Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:31 pm

These old Battletech miniatures were painted using some fairly recent techniques I’ve generally seen referred to as “Comic Book Style Painting.”

In addition to normal dark lining, I added dark edging to areas that would normally be the highest highlights on the minis. This creates an interesting cell shaded effect.

These particular minis were painted to match the old (and adequagely cheesy) Battletech Cartoons. Sometimes, they would forgo normal animation to employ then-state-of-the-art computer generated animation with everything outlined in green. This is why these minis are all in a transition state between the two styles.

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Re: Cell Shaded Battletech

Post by GearHead » Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:30 pm

I love it!
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Re: Cell Shaded Battletech

Post by funderhammer » Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:27 pm

Yeah that is super cool!

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Re: Cell Shaded Battletech

Post by gardenninja » Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:07 pm

Thanks.

I get really excited about meta-breaking things. For a long time, I feel like we were pushing miniatures painting forward in a technical direction, but we were mostly going in the same direction (ie- the ideal is the same).

It always excites me when something can work well without fitting into the paradigm.

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Re: Cell Shaded Battletech

Post by LeperColony » Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:49 pm

I only just noticed that you did up the legs in green wire frame as though they were entering the "enhanced targeting" mode (or whatever it was called) that the clans had. Excellent detail!
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Re: Cell Shaded Battletech

Post by gardenninja » Mon Oct 12, 2020 5:43 pm

That's exactly what that is. The bases also have the green grid over them to match.

My client had the idea of transitioning between the two styles. He let me make the call about whether it would work, so I tried it out and ended up really liking it.

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