I'm revisiting some of the first 15mm minis I ever painted this week: three packs of GZG Cyclops Battlesuits to go with my Rebel Minis Titan Marines.
They fit well in my original vision for that army (Conquest Development Center corporate research/security forces). But that army has evolved in different directions now - the role of the Cyclops battlesuits has now been divided among Kremlin Red Banner MANITOU power armor and Rebel Minis Earthforce HAMR suits as heavy support mecha. Next thing I know... the Cyclops suits, which I really think are great minis, haven't been touched in well over a year.
Time to find them a new home.
I've been slowly building up forces to play 15mm mecha games. The rules I've been knocking together for those games (more on this later) center around multi-based infantry supporting formations of mecha. My Eureka Ventaurans are already based for just that type of game:
But don't yet have any mecha units. I ordered a Micropanzer Valkyur mecha last week as a trial, and later realized that the GZG Cyclops Suits would be a great match. So I popped one off its old base, mounted it to a 1.25" fendeer washer, painted over the entire thing with Vallejo Boltgun, and gave it the same purple wash/blue-gray and gold details as my Ventaurans.
I like it. It won't take much time to do the other five suits. Have I mentioned that the lazy painter in me really, REALLY likes wash-over-metal paint schemes? And despite its simplicity, I still think it looks as game-worthy as the original paint job.