This recipe will detail how I painted the Wolverine from the BattleTech Beginner Box. It is done in a very traditional style, meant to evoke the aesthetics of the Periphery and more dieselpunk elements of the setting.
As usual, it's worth the time and effort to check the mini for mold lines and scrape them off, though at this scale and due to how blocky the sculpts of most mechs are, they aren't a huge concern. The minis were washed lightly with soap and water to remove any mold release agents that might have hindered paint adhesion. To avoid handling the minis were mounted on old pill bottles with poster tack. As the final step of preparation before painting properly, the minis were primed, though the color of the primer shouldn't overly impact the final result, this example was primed in black, specifically Black with a brush.
As you probably noticed, there are two mechs in the preceding steps. These minis were painted simultaneously, but specifically meant to contrast, and each represent vastly different aspects of the Battletech universe, and approaches to their paint schemes. The Wolverine, subject of this tutorial, is very similar in function to the Griffin, the other plastic mini. However, the Griffin, in most time periods of the Battletech universe has a reputation for being a superior machine, and therefore to contrast the two, got a much more flashy(and metallic) paint scheme, that will be detailed in another tutorial.
This is a process of push and pull, switching between the paints as necessary, refining the shapes slowly over time. Implementing the curve of the teeth by bulging the triangles towards the front of the design. This step took me a significant amount of time, and starting over at least twice. The final result, while far from perfect, I think is fine and re-enforces the character of the mini. This was done early in the paint scheme so that as we weather and shade the mini, the design will also be weathered and shaded. However, the design was also refined in later steps. Especially after the metallic dry brush, as the grey seemed to picked out particularly.
This step might have been more easily done either later, after the drybrushing, or earlier, before the green base coat, following the general advice of painting from the "inside out".
I feel that this paint scheme effectively communicates the character I wanted the mini to have, that of a small time mercenary of the Periphery, making their way with the very workman like Wolverine mech. It is meant to contrast heavily with the Griffin I painted with it. The details on the chest were very useful for conceptualizing the mouth and eye designs and as reference points on the miniature. This is a very simple paint scheme, but one should not confuse "simple" with "easy." It could be worth it to some to go back and further refine the highlights and designs, but as a rough and ready character, on a gaming piece I didn't feel it entirely necessary, and am very satisfied with the end result.
I hope this tutorial inspires others to explore simple free hand designs, and battletech minis in general.