A (Reinforced) Lance of WhipIts
I have to admit, even as long as I’ve been playing Battletech, I’d never heard of Ace Darwin’s WhipIts before last week.
Sure, I’d seen pink-painted panthers around, heard the jokes, that kind of thing, but I never really looked into it to see if it was more than just a meme. Now that I have, I love the idea of this group. They’re the ultimate mercenary group for people who like to paint every mech with a different look, and that’s a camp I definitely fall into. Sure, the WhipIts only existed for eight whole years in canon (a little restrictive, but not too bad) but what an eight years. Also there’s Jackie Darwin’s WhipIts in the IlClan Era, but that’s something else entirely.
For the WhipIts, there really is no unifying paint scheme because Ace Darwin had a habit of pulling single merc mechs together for one-off jobs only, varying the size and composition of his force with every mission. The only thing that tied all these units together is the single pink pawprint on the heel of each of the mechs in Ace Darwin’s force for a given mission. This is awesome, and so easy to do, paint-wise.
So how did I find out about Ace Darwin’s WhipIts? An ebay sale.