This is the third assembly and customization guide, in a new series I'm doing on the mecha I sculpted for Critical Mass Games.
Here is the first, on the Arc Fleet Walker.
Here is the second, on the Ravager Assault Mecha.
The Blackguard Assault Mecha (which, of course, sounds like "blaggard" to my and my countrymens' colonial ears) is a mecha kit that was funded through the wildly successful Zas Kickstarter.
It was designed alongside the Ravager, and most parts, including the main hulls, backpacks, and weapons, interchange freely. The Vanguard Support Mecha, too!
As an aside, I had no idea the archaic meaning of "blackguard" means a man of low character who uses foul language in front of high-society women. I may or may not have been accused of that very same deed in the past. ;)
Anywho, on to the Blackguard assembly guide. First, a few painted production examples...
custom Blackguard painted by CMG Dale, named "Cookie." The pride of my collection. Thanks, Dale and Craig.
The Blackguard, as mentioned before, shares a number of parts with the Ravager. This includes...
Mecha Weapons Backpack attaches to the rear of the main hull. This part was first designed as part of the Ygs mecha, but the modular nature of the designs made it able to be used throughout the line of CMG mecha. Modularity. I love it.
Missile Packs attach via the CMG Accessory Peg system to the Backpack. Best to angle them slightly, so they'll clear the shoulders.
Zas mecha shoulders are used here, and attach via CMG accessory pegs to sockets in the main hull.
heavy plasma cannons attach at the bottom of the shoulders. The 1/8" ball and sockets give you the ability to pose the weapons, or swap out for other compatible bits.
Blackguard Assault Mecha. That's a lot of firepower!
You can purchase the Blackguard in single units, or in platoons of three.
Let's customize a bit with optional parts from the CMG Mecha Workshop...
Ygs Mortar Bombs.
Mecha Energy Cannons.
Ygs upper arm. The have the same attachment point into the main hull, and also have a 1/8" socket at the bottom.
Ygs Right Sword Arm makes our Custom Blackguard, here, a standout character model. You can tell this guy means business.
Now, we can re-create the Cookie mecha featured above.
The Vanguard and Ygs mecha assembly guides are coming up.