Custom SHD-2K Shadow Hawk / 17th Galedon Regulars

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Custom SHD-2K Shadow Hawk / 17th Galedon Regulars

Post by Cazaril » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:00 pm

I always have so much to say when I’m building and painting these things, but I always seem to forget it all when I sit down to write it up... I’d almost consider dictating it all into a recorder, but my neighbors would probably have me committed, if they heard me talking to “no one” like that.

Anyway... This is part of my project to reimage the original unseen reseen... I think it goes well with my RFL-3N Rifleman “Winchester” (which is a Patriot/CAV Chancellor hybrid) and my MAD-3M Marauder (Marauder IIc/CAV Nightshade hybrid)...

This particular Shadow Hawk is a SHD-2K, which means that all the weapons systems except the LRM-5 have been striped out, and replaced with a PPC and extra heat sinks. According to Sarna and the fluff, it is suppose to be “one of the deadliest units of the Succession Wars”. To me, it looks like a weak Griffin. But since House Kurita doesn’t produce the Griffin in my universe, it makes a decent enough stand in.

For my version of the Shadow Hawk, the torso comes from a Patriot... Granted, it has been chopped down to pretty much just the center torso, jump pack and head. The rest was rebuilt with brass, styrene and putty... The legs, are slightly modified Sun Cobra legs. I basically flattened out the shins, added the bulge to the back of the calves, squared off the knee guards and added the knee guard protectors (which helps visually, because the knee guards are noticeably different in size)... The arms are from the new primitive SHD-1R Shadow Hawk (Thanks for the idea IAmClanWolf). I removed the left mounted medium laser, and used styrene to bulk up the armor plates... The missile launcher is nothing but a piece of brass tubing, green stuff and missiles made in the putty... Meanwhile, the PPC is a combination of a Hellstar fore-arm, a Man O’ War variant right arm (OP-062) barrel, the elbow and bicep of a Puma arm( right arm, I think), and some styrene.

Originally I had planned to use a few other parts, but as things turned out, the main pieces worked better than I though... Most notably, I was going to use SHD-5D arms and replace the hands with those of a reseen Crusader. But they turned out to be too small than I thought, and therefore I switched to the SHD-1R arms. Because the dimensions worked so much better, the hands were a better size too and didn’t need to be swapped... The other change that didn’t happen was the life support backpack... I picked the Patriot torso based mainly on the head, and had no idea what it looked like otherwise. I didn’t realize that it already had a backpack of its own. This saved me from using the planned Atlas backpack.

As to the unit, I thought it only fitting that a Kurita variant gets put in a Kurita unit. And right now, the 17th is the only Kurita unit I have been painting. I think it make a nice addition to my ARC-2K Archer, Mech-Mode Wasp LAM and my PlasTech Panther... This also makes a full lance from one unit. Which isn’t such a big deal, until you realize how many one-offs I have.

I though that the parking garage made for a cool piece of scenery, and going with the theme I started with the ARC-2K, I added an infantryman. My wife continually questions how that one little guy poses a threat to a Mech, and won’t accept that he is carrying inferno rounds as an explanation. While I think it came out well enough, I regret the grey-on-grey-on-grey of the color scheme. Thank goodness for all the little flecks of color. And for those of you that might be wondering, it is completely scratch built (Oh, the Dark Side beckons).

Fluff:

Lang Industries introduced the original Shadow Hawk in 2467, as a recon and strike BattleMech. The original primitive Mech was built on the A7 chassis, and only weighed 50 tons. In 2550, Lang Industries introduced the H3 chassis, which allowed them to replace many of the primitive technology of the original Mech, as well as add the missile systems and two more heat sinks. This new SHD-2H variant, became the standard for which the company became known for. As other companies released newer models and/or upgraded the look of their existing line, Lang found their sales starting to decline and decided to follow suit. In 2732, they released the T1 chassis. This new look became the ubiquitous image that many still associate with the Shadow Hawk today, and was to be their look for another 150 years. But fate is a cruel mistress.

With the collapse of the Star League, Lang Industries found themselves in the unfortunate position of being located on a highly contested planet. This culminated in the destruction of their facility in 2793, during a Kurita raid. While their employees faired better that those at General Systems, the plant was reduced to rubble and they were forced to start over. Realizing that Caph was no longer a viable location, they fled to the industry friendly Lyran Commonwealth. Once there, they settled on the volcanic world of Salatice.

During the devastation wrought on the Caph facility, the primary molds were destroyed. This was not a any particular loss, until it was discovered that the portion of the storage medium that carried the T1 chassis plans were also corrupt. With a need to bring their new facility on line, Lang Industries re-mastered the old H3 plans, and begin once again to produce the SHD-2H on that venerable chassis.

Much to the chagrin of the company executives, their plans to recover within the Lyran Commonwealth were short lived. In 2820, Kurita forces took the planet of Satalice, and absorbed both its people and industry into the Draconis Combine.

Lang Industries’ dual blow of Caph and the new regime undermined thier recovery attempts and set the company on the course to a long and drawn out death. Lang Industries seceded to exist as an entity in 2972, when Gorton, Kingsley, and Thorpe Enterprises bought them out.

With the change in ownership, also came in influx of money. This money was used to renovate the facility and make much needed repairs. The new manager also looked at trends within the Combine, and noticed that a large number of Shadow Hawks were being reconfigured to the SHD-2K variant. Liking the use of a Kurita variant, Gorton, Kingsley, and Thorpe Enterprises decided to make that their official version and cast off the original 2H model. This proved to be a shrewd business decision as orders for this variant have been steady since the factory reopened in 2977.

Considering the history of Lang Industries, one would almost have to wonder how Majesty Metals and Manufacturing of the Magistracy of Canopus ended up with the plans to the T1 chassis Shadow Hawk. The story goes back to the destruction of the Caph facility, and a computer specialist by the name of Karl Manton.

Manton, who was heavily in debt to the local mob because of his poor luck with gambling, was approached by a third party who offered a considerable sum if he would get the plans for them. With Lang Industries in rubble and the owners moving both the company, and his job, off planet, Manton was desperate to clear his tab. Ultimately, his nervousness at being caught, caused the corruption of the T1 data on the main servers, and caused Lang Industries to lose that design. But not one to normally commit a crime, Manton overlooked the error and continued with his clandestine meeting.

Manton never got to make his new beginning, because he was killed shortly after he paid his debt off. Speculation is that it was done by the third party that contacted him, and the timing was such that with the debt paid, only the local police would be looking into the matter and probably not pursue it because of the general confusion at the time.

Ever since 2816, Majesty Metals and Manufacturing has been producing a small number of SHD-2H Shadow Hawks. Through the years, these machines have become a staple in the Magistracy Armed Forces and is the heaviest Mech that is produced within the Magistracy of Canopus. Due to combat activity, these machines also have found their way into every house in the Inner Sphere and are virtually identical to the ones built by Lang Industries centuries before.

I guess I had more to say than I thought...

As always; comments, suggestions and stealable ideas welcome.

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Re: Custom SHD-2K Shadow Hawk / 17th Galedon Regulars

Post by AVA MANGO TWO » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:19 pm

This i think is your best bash to date the finished miniature look simply amazing, however i do agree with you on all that gray paint and the added wall section of diorama tends to draw the eye away from the main subject which is that incredible Shadow Hawk kitbash. :D
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Re: Custom SHD-2K Shadow Hawk / 17th Galedon Regulars

Post by Cazaril » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:33 pm

It certainly explains why an urban combat specialty unit would pick that color scheme though :D

For the foreseeable future, I don't see me trying a concrete structure like that again. I'll probably stick to the brick buildings, metal sided ones, or maybe a glass and steel one...

While my cycle has been Stormbringer, 23rd Arcturan, Stormbringer, 23rd Arcturan (rinse and repest). These last couple of minis have been kind of nice. I think I'll increase the cycle to three minis, with the third one being something different each time... I'd like not to get in such a rut as I've been in...

Of course the problem with that idea is that I already have a great idea for the next member of the 17th... So I'm probably already headed into the same old rut, just with a longer cycle.

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