Griffin is one of the discontinued "unseen" mechs. The original artwork for it came from the Anime series Dougram: Fang of the Sun, where it was aptly known as the "Soltic Roundfacer". It also made an appearance in the Revell © line of Robotech models, where it was called "Thorin." There are several Griffin miniatures:
There are also a few related 'Mechs, such as the Griffin IIC, Super Griffin and Primitive Griffin.
- The original rare "unseen" version from the mid-1980s. It is larger and has less detail. Note that this mech is often misspelled as "Griffen."
- The more common "unseen" version, also from the mid-1980s.
- The "reseen" version from 2003 with non-anime art.
- The "Francine" variant, which is a modified sculpt of the reseen version
- The "Classic" sculpt (coming soon)
This is a prototype of the new Classic sculpt Griffin that I got to paint at GenCon 2017 for the IWM display case. It's painted in an Arcturan Guards scheme modeled on the cover of the First Succession War sourcebook.
STATUS: Completed 08/2017.
This miniature is a Griffin painted in colors inspired by the Swedish flag.
STATUS: Completed 04/2015.
This Griffin is painted in the colors of Fitzhugh Stables. The backpack and gun are from the unseen (2nd casting) sculpt, the legs and torso are from a resin casting of the unseen sculpt, and the arms are mostly custom built with aluminum and epoxy putty.
STATUS: Completed 04/2011.
This Griffin is painted in the colors of the 6th Donegal Guard, complete with celtic motif. I was experimenting with a gold NMM technique for the cockpit.
STATUS: Custom job, completed 12/2008.
This is the "reseen" Griffin, which shares some basic similarities to the classic design. This one is painted in the scheme of House Marik's 5th Regulan Hussars.
STATUS: Completed and sold 2/2003.
This Griffin is painted in a Skye Rangers scheme. A British roundel on the left leg denotes the mechwarrior's British lineage.
STATUS: Custom job, completed 10/2002.
"Moving Mechs: Chewie"
This Griffin is painted in a WWI German lozenge paint scheme from Fokker D.VII aircraft. The base is gray with green and white flashes. The mech is part of a set I did for people that helped me move in summer 2002.
STATUS: Custom job, completed 8/2002.
This Griffin is painted in a Lyran Regulars scheme. The scheme itself isn't from a book, rather it's my artist's conception of how I think some Steiner mechs should look. There's blue, gray, and sharp detailing; almost a little flashy. A perfect scheme for the core of the Lyran military.
STATUS: Part of Dave's collection, completed Jan. 2002.
This mini is complete, unlike the last one I did. The Roundfacer had a jump pack as optional equipment, and thus it is not included with this mini. This Griffin is painted in a three tone camo Lyran scheme, with Lyran Regulars markings.
STATUS: Sold, 7/2001.
Here is an original casting Griffin (circa 1985). It's a lot bigger than the newer casting and both are permanently OOP. This one was missing some parts, so I had to do some restoration on the gun and backpack. [Turns out, the original did not HAVE a backpack]. Anyway, it's painted in an airbrush scheme with metallic detailing and Davion Brigade of Guards markings.
STATUS: Sold, 11/2000.
Here is a Griffin in a field camo pattern with Lyran Alliance markings. The LA logo makes a striking contrast to the green-on-green camo.
STATUS: This mech sold, 03/2000.
This paint job was inspired by the Arcturan Guards page in the Battletech Camo Specs manual. This mini has more detail than in the picture, including Arcturan Guards logo on the right shoulder, House Steiner logo on the right leg, and unit numbering. The hex base has broken alpine woodland terrain, since the AG units frequently fight in mountainous conditions. This was one of my early airbrush paint jobs.
STATUS: Sold, July 1999.
"Lyran House Regular Recon 2E"
This Griffin is painted in Lyran Commonwealth house regular colors, and is part of a lance with a Thunderbolt, Axeman and Flea. It's one of my earlier paint jobs.
STATUS: Completed, 1993.
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