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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.... No, a longer time ago.....in continuation of a "fine" tradition, we will now move backwards in time to the era of The Clone Wars. (Hey hey, relax, don't leave. No no, we aren't going to talk about THAT movie. There will be no mention of trade embargos or senate politics. Well, no other mention..... To be completely honest, there may be references to it though....sorry. But they did just come out with a Maul fig, and it is the version from THAT movie.....) So, this will be a continuation of the previous WIP on Star Wars Legion. New year, new WIP, oh and new core box. My wife got me the Clone Wars core for Christmas (I MIGHT have hinted a few.....hundred.......times). As I'm already painting way too much white armor (which I'll still be painting (forever)), I'm focusing on the Droids. Yes I know they are called the Separatists Alliance, but Droids is easier to spell and you all know what I mean. (Note, if you do not know what I'm referring to then we can wait while you pop off and watch Star Wars Episodes II and III. Oh and the 7 seasons of the animated Clone Wars series (not to be confused with Star Wars: Clone Wars, which was a 3 season animated series and is now considered non-canonical). All are available on Disney+ btw. While there you might as well watch the 4 seasons of Rebels, as Sabine, Clan Wren and Kallus will be showing up at some point. You should probably watch the 2 seasons of The Mandalorian too if you haven't yet too. Not that I'll probably be painting anything from there, well I do have some stls....but the reason to watch it is because it is awesome!!!) I'll be continuing to work on my Imperials, but I'll also be starting on my Droid army, which I'll be painting primarily with contrast paint, doing some wear and damage (unlike my pristine Imps) and basing fairly simply with just some sand or gravel or something on the standard bases (we'll see for sure when I get the first unit done). So starting out: I assembled 2 B1s, and glued together two units of Imperial Royal Guard, which I'd prepped quite a while ago. The Guards are the old plastic so were quickly superglued together. They are only 3 pieces each. They'll get pins for their feet soon. The droids are the new hard plastic so they recommend plastic glue. FYI they still need to superglued to the bases apparently. as the bases are a different plastic. The droids come in 8 parts...each. Yep that's a lot of very small, very skinny parts. I only dropped a couple. At least I found them all. (parts are 2 legs, 2 arms (one with the gun attached), body, backpack, and two pieces of head. Somehow they needed to make the head 2 pieces.....) Since I hadn't put them together before I took my time trying not to mess up. I still managed to, a bit. Crouching guy took some damage from a bit of plastic glue on my thumb while trying to align the arms. As I'm planning to make these guys a little beat up and worn, not big deal. It's late and these are fiddly, so that's as far as I got tonight. I should be able to crank out most of a unit (note, the B1 unit comes with 9 figures....you start with 6 in the unit, then can optionally add an extra troop, and one of two heavy weapon options) tomorrow hopefully as long as the snow storm doesn't take out power or something equally annoying. Roger Roger.
So this is my year in review. It was a strange year, what with working from home since early March. I initially thought that would mean I'd paint more, but after spending 8+ hours every day sitting 3 feet from my painting desk but working, it really didn't work out that way. Eventually I was able to get some stuff painted so things are working better now. At the start of the year I decided I wanted to not just pick up some random Star Wars Legion stuff to paint, but to actually play the game. Unfortunately everything shut down before I could watch a game at the LFGS. After I got enough prepped at home, my very patient and understanding wife agreed to play some small games so I could sort out the rules. It must be reasonably fun for her, we just played a game on Monday.... Eventually the store opened up for play again and I got in about a half dozen games before the latest wave hit and put a stop to that. If all goes well we should be back to playing in a couple weeks. As far as painting: That was my output for the year. I count it as 52 figures (51 bases but the e-Web has two Snowtroopers on the base.....). Not bad at all for me, especially considering it took me two months to paint the first unit of Stormtroopers and I had a big slump during the hot part of the summer where my output was nil. As you can probably tell, I play Imperials. And, because I'm using the premium bases and painting them, I can only field what I've painted. So I've been pushing on painting Imperials. The only rebel unit I've painted is the Rebel Veterans. The LFGS rain a painting contest online during the shutdown and I figured painting yet more white and black wasn't going to impress.... Here is the breakdown: Rebels: 1 box of Rebel Veterans Imperials 2 units of Stromtroopers 1 unit of Scout Troopers 2 units of Snowtroopers 1 e-WEB heavy blaster team 2 units of Speederbikes Darth Vader (the starter box edition) General Veers and the Imperial Officer and FX-9 Medical Droid from the Imperial Specialists Personnel Expansion. Looking forward to 2021 I still have a lot of Imperials left to paint. Luckily most are assembled, some are primed and a number of Stormtroopers already have a wash and drybrush done. This is good because I got the Clone Wars starter for Christmas (awesome wife strikes again!) so I'll be starting to assemble Droids soon....
My LFGS had a painting contest on its FB Star Wars Legion page a bit ago. 2 weeks to paint up a squad of at least 4 figures. As creativity counted, I decided to set my white and black paint aside and paint something besides Stormtroopers. I took a look through the Rebel scum I'd acquired and really like the poses and sculpts for the Rebel Veterans. I'd planned to do the whole box of 7 figures, but (as anyone who's seen my WIPs knows) I'm not the fastest painter. I'm lucky if I can get one figure done in two weeks. So I quickly decided to just do 4 figures for the contest. I liked how they came out, and they did get "best painted" in the contest, so I guess they are alright. It then took me another 6 weeks to finally finish the last 3 figures (see? Sloooooow.) But the whole unit is finally done. Should probably read the rules on them sometime soon..... Now back to all those Stormtroopers.
Star Wars Descent - better known as Imperial Assault - is out now. I played 2 missions with some buddies last night and we had a blast. If you're familiar with Descent, IA is pretty much Descent 3.0 with a Star Wars skin. I really like the changes that they've made to the system so far, but I haven't played as the Imperial Player yet so I'm not sure how that compares to playing the Overlord in D2E. If you're not familiar with Descent, think of IA as D&D with only combat. Each time you play you assemble a map using different tiles that connect together like puzzle pieces. 1 player controls all of the Imperial forces, while the other players each control 1 character playing for the Rebels. You then try and complete your mission parameters in a set time limit. The missions chain together to form a campaign during which you can improve your character's skills, abilities, and gear. (Or you can just play one-off missions.) Sadly I can't pick up my copy until Thursday night. The agony!!!!