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And now, the moment you've been waiting for (and by "you've" I mean "I've"): The completion of strawhat's Imperial Assault journey!
Unfortunately, almost all of my games are still boxed up from the move, so there won't be any story time tonight. But, truthfully, after nearly a year and a half I am just happy to be at this point. Although it's a bit bittersweet. I've been painting Star Wars minis for so long, and they're what got me back into painting! I've been thinking of starting Legion just so I'll have more Star Wars to paint.
So, what does Tyrants of Lothal bring to us?
Two heroes: a "retired" clone trooper, and a Devaronian.
The Devaronian is a cyborg and a close combat monster. The clone trooper is a bit trigger-happy.
And with the name "Lothal" in the title, who else comes along but the rest of Spectre Cell!
The minis are really a bit all over the place. Kanan and his padawan/apprentice Ezra are clearly from the later seasons of Rebels, while Sabine mixes elements of her appearance from Seasons 1-3. I'm not certain where Zeb fits in.
Kanan and Ezra are pretty straight forward. Ezra should be wearing green gloves, but I missed the molding on his hands, and I didn't really like that look anyway. Kanan's visor should be olive as well, but I liked the raw metal look.
Sabine was, frankly, a nightmare. Anyone who has watched Rebels knows why...she's definitely the free-spirited artist and her armor and hair show it. The breastplate has two diagonal stripes on her right side, and a small Rebellion phoenix in the right corner. One pauldron has a 5 (as she is Spectre 5), the other has a Mandalorian "owl" of some sort. These actually vary in the show. In the latter seasons, her pants and shirt are matched grey/black, and her breastplate and pauldrons are different colors with different symbols. The mini has hair from Season Three, boots from Season One, gun belts from Season One, gauntlets that more closely match Season Two or Three (but not really either of them).
So, since the mini is all over the place, I just kind of picked and chose what I was doing. I didn't even attempt all the paint-spatter she has over her gauntlets and greaves. I also skipped the checker pattern on her right pauldron and just kept the stylized 5. The left pauldron has the Mandalorian owl design (really just a light blue blob) from later seasons.
The purple guy is Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios, one of the last surviving Lasat (design based on some of the original concept work for Chewbacca). He shouldn't be quite that dark a shade of purple, though. I used the Dark Elf Skin triad, and should have modified it by starting with the Dark Elf Skin instead of Dark Elf Shadow. There should be some darker tiger striping on his arms and legs. I've got no excuses on that one. I just forgot. There also should be a stylized animal face on his left shoulder armor, but I just didn't feel up to it.
Which brings us to the Scum & Villainy...which are just Loth-cats. Who aren't really scummy or villainous.
The Loth-cats in the show generally resemble bobcats or lynxes. But I decided to have a little fun with it. I painted a cheetah, a tiger, a black panther, and a generic lion (without a mane, though). The "Elite" cats are based off our old tortie and calico cat, our current medium-hair, and a Russian Blue (for the fun of it).
We'll get to the last Scum and Villainy character in a bit. He lives up to the title as he is both scummy and villainous (typically in an entertaining way, though).
On to the Empire:
Not much to say here. Death Troopers wear shiny black armor, carry shiny black guns, etc. A nice, thorough drybrush of Adamantium Black helps with the shine and keeps definition.
Which brings us to the last two characters. Both villainous, one slightly scummy.
Admiral Thrawn and Hondo Ohnaka. Hondo is the scummy one. A thorn in the side of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi during the Clone Wars, Ohnaka manages to make a nuisance out of himself on Lothal as well. I kind of wish it was his Clone Wars costume (the one seen in the Disney Parks, too), though.
I tried to lighten Thrawn's shade of blue a bit, but didn't quite get it right. Like Zeb, I should have started a shade lighter.
But that's it. That's the last of them. All 176 (175+1 Additional Dewback) painted to what I hope is an acceptable tabletop (or maybe even a little better) standard. It's been a journey, thank you for accompanying me!
It has been a dark time for the Galactic Empire.
Strong meta for the other factions have lead to few victories,
and the faith of many Imperial commanders had been tested.
But now, when all seemed lost, and new RRG has emerged.
Unit costs have decreased.
Changes have breathed new life into nearly abandoned Imperial troops.
And leading the way, mighty Lord Vader's Sith training has made him even more powerful and devastating.
Now is the time, for the Empire to strike back!!
So, a new year, and a new Star Wars Legion painting WIP.
Last year started strong but then I almost completely stopped painting for quite a while. Instead I focused on getting a bunch of units assembled, as I was playing fairly regularly. My back going to crap probably had some impact on my painting too, all those meds aren't helping with my focus or energy levels.
Regardless, I've finally felt like painting again the last week or so. So I'm going to go with it and hope to settle in to a schedule where I'm getting a few hours of painting in a week.
My goals for this year are to get back to painting Empire forces, but also to finish up painting my CIS army.
For the CIS I still have to paint two more units of B1s, and base them and the 2 units I've just finished up in the old WIP.
Then there are 3 units of STAPs, 3 units of Droidekas. 3 Spider Droids. 3 boxes of Magnaguards. 3 boxes of Bx commandos. A bunch of commanders and specialists. Oh, and 2 snail tanks, and two AATs.......so a bit...also 1 more unit of B2s if they ever come in.
But, as soon as I get through the 2 units of B1s (they take up too much room on my desk to work on anything else at the same time) I'll start moving in some Imperial units to mix it up. And get back to painting white......
My latest starwars miniature. A very challenging paint job but a great opportunity to practice my freehand skills.
Very rewarding project, even if her helmet gave me fits.
I'd love to hear what you all think.