I like solid, one-piece castings, and the Iron Wind Metals Exterminator falls into that category. This 65 ton heavy 'Mech offers a nice mix of energy and ballistic attacks, and the profile I'll likely use for AS is the EXT-5F version that offers a 2 / 2 /2 damage profile.
When painting it I could not resist attempting a new Merc paint scheme--I've dubbed this one The Red Sons (based on the sheet of transfers I had handy).
My plan is to make them Periphery raiders with Clan ties--perhaps a unit of disgraced Clanners. This precedent exists among the Clans, they're called Solahma-units, and while they normally don't have a lot of 'Mechs, I figured this unit has truly turned its back on their old ways, attained independence of a sort (a DropShip and access to a JumpShip) and now roves the Periphery raiding and taking merc jobs where it can.
So the Red Sons will have a mix of second line Clan 'Mechs and Inner Sphere models like the Exterminator. This will allow me to cherry-pick the models I most want to use.
Next post I'll show some comp shots of the Exterminator and a few other painted 'Mechs.
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