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I've been painting up a lot of Starcadia Quest.
It only seems fitting to start out with the Star Wars characters. For most of my Starcadia Quest, I went with a Borderlands style- with lots of black lining against bright colors and even black hard edging to create that Borderlandish look. I plan to convert a few Starcadians into Borderlands characters as well.
Also, it just seemed right to start out with the Star Wars inspired characters.
No fancy setup. I'm getting lazy. Or maybe not, because these aren't likely to be used and I still got them done.
Biv and Saska. Widely regarded as the two worst heroes in the game. Saska's outfit is green on the character card, but I'm not very fond of green. I also kind of wanted to paint up a Rebel pilot. She's a techie, not a pilot, but the look is similar.
Wookiee Warriors. These were some of the first minis I painted for IA. That seems like forever ago sometimes.
Alliance Smuggler (although I think he looks more like Sarek, Son of Skon). His character card has somewhat garish colors, but I chose to rein it in...Oddly going with a green jacket (you can't really tell from the front with the over-exposure). But I believe I achieved a very grounded, realistic look.
Lastly on the Rebel front:
These are the droids you're looking for! I'm a little disappointed in the gold on C-3PO. It should have been brighter, as should his lower leg. But, overall, I am pretty happy with the Droid Duo.
On to the Scum!
Lots of Terran Khaki. Lots of Uniform Brown. Just lots of brown.
Well, there are two banthas...NO, NO, NO! There is only one bantha, thank goodness.
The closest thing to "color" on it is the blue edging on the saddle blanket. And now I see a spot where I bumped some of the rigging ropes with another color. I might fix it later. I tried running a couple vertical black stripes down the bantha's flank so give a little variation.
A couple Rodian bounty hunters. The red-shirted Rodian has a "blind" eye that I thought might be fun. It didn't work out as well as I had hoped.
The man (dalorian)!
The myth (osaur rider)!
The legend (who was taken out like a punk)!
Shown here in a scheme reminiscent of his original Holiday Special and Droids appearances. I enhanced the brow ridge with kill marks (like his movie costumes). Hot Toys has a really spiffy 1:6 model of this costume, which is what I used as a reference. The cartoon "blue" is a little more "sky blue," but the Hot Toys looks more teal (to my eyes). So I went with the Marine Teal triad.
I was really on the fence about it, but I'm starting to enjoy it more and more. I kind of wish that the knee-pad launchers had been molded into the figure, but I've tried to represent them with a couple stripes of silver. You can't see it in these pictures, but his breastplate is also yellow.
Heavy Stormtroopers (which, I believe, most of us know as "sandtroopers"). Not much to say. Lots of white. Lather, rinse, repeat. Although I probably should have hit the backpacks with a drybrush. I might have to do that one these days. I have to admit, that I found my batch of troopers a little soft on the detail and some of the arm placements. Maybe the molds were wearing down, maybe I just got a set of bad casts, maybe they're all like that.
And just when I thought we done:
More Stormtroopers. These are the expansion pack, and have a slightly different pose. I wanted something a little more than that, though, and since these can also be used for Elites, they needed to stand out. I decided to do that by painting the pauldrons blue, and declaring them part of the 501st--Vader's Fist.
Which means: ONE...LAST...STORMTROOPER!
Kayn Somos. Commander or Captain, or some other non-specific officer-type. The orange pauldron means he's in charge.
One more set (16 minis) to go! And no Stormtroopers! Just four Deathtroopers.
I don't mind telling you guys, some days it felt like I would never complete the core set. In part, no doubt, to my haphazard manner of deciding what to paint...When I first started playing, the Imperial player had his favored units and he seldom deviated from them. He kept winning, so it's not like he really needed to...
Again, I don't have my stuff together enough to do a little story and diorama. It's time to make some calculations for the jump to hyperspace!
Jynn Odan and Fenn Signis. Jynn is a smuggler of no small repute who specializes in not standing still. Fenn is a veteran of many battles who specializes in "boom!" Jynn is pretty much straight off the character card. I went with a grey "urban" outfit for Fenn instead of the classic brown.
Gideon Argus and Mak Esh'karay. Gideon is a Rebel Officer and tactical genius. Mak is a Bothan sharpshooter.
Gaarkhan and Chewbacca (what a wookiee!). Gaarkhan specializes (in my limited experience) in getting trashed before the halfway point of the game. He's supposed to specialize in beating things to an icky pulp. I could have done a little better with Chewie, hopefully he won't pull my arms out of the sockets because I need them to paint! I should have base coated his fur a little differently instead of just drybrushing up from the base black coat. When I was looking at some of the animated shorts on Disney+, I noticed that his fur had a light/dark pattern that I tried to replicate instead of just hitting it with "whatever." From the animated short, Chewie has what I call a hat, bolero, and shorts where the fur is darker leaving the sides of his face, the forearms and lower legs lighter.
Dialla Pasilla. This is an old picture (cropped to cut out Davith Elso from The Bespin Gambit). She's one of my favorite heroes to play.
Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. I'm actually pretty happy with Solo. I even got a half-way decent blood stripe even though you can't see it in this picture. I do wish they had used Luke's costume from the end of ANH (yellow jacket, brown pants, black shirt) as that would have been more fun to paint than white, off-white, slightly-darker off-white, and light khaki.
Rebel Saboteurs. I went with a more uniform look to these two Duros. It just seemed right that they should be Rebel regulars. I had forgotten that they had visors when I was planning colors and was disappointed when I realized I wouldn't be painting the glowing red eyes that Duros are known for.
Rebel Troopers. Not much to say about them, really. They hang out with Gideon a lot.
Nexu. Originally brought to us in Attack of the Clones, Nexu are ferocious feline-like creatures. The black variety is supposed to be more rare, and even more vicious. I was originally planning on altering their coloration to be more like the cats Mrs. Strawhat brought into the relationship (the black is our 20+ year old tortie, the white a Siamese mix), but I think I will do that with the Lothcats in Tyrants of Lothal. Which means I should tiger-stripe these Nexu when I feel like it. The pictures were taken before I ringed the bases in green.
Trandoshan Hunters. It really stinks being the Rebel player on the receiving end of these guys. When I first started painting all these, I planned on painting the figures to match the colors on the ID tokens (blue, red, purple, black).
IG-88! This blasted assassin droid really knows how to bring pain. The paint is pretty simple, though: metallics, red for eye sensors, and a couple yellow wires.
Stormtroopers! Stormtroopers! More Stormtroopers! I've been asked a couple different times how I get my troopers so white. I start with Rainy Grey, follow it with Ghost White, and finish with Pure White. It's also why I'm not looking forward to the last eight (the last 25% for the game).
Imperial Officers. Some people use the fleet grey scheme, but I went with Stormtrooper officer black for the regular officers. The white tunic is the elite...it just made sense for the elite to be part of the Imperial Security Bureau. You can spot the occasional ISB representative in the Death Star (I) and high ranking ISB officers in the conference room with Vader and Tarkin.
E-Web Engineers. Scout Troopers are manning the cannons. The Scout Trooper armor actually is slightly a mix of hard armor and some soft-armor pieces. I varied the recipe a little, using Leather or Linen White (I don't remember which), for the soft armor to give a little different look. It doesn't really show in the pictures, though.
Imperial Probe Droids. I had them done to a standard I was happy with, and then decided to add a wash. Which I then had to go back and fix. If you look carefully, you might notice that the elite IPD has a red reflection in one of the lenses, the blue IPD has a blue reflection, and the white marked droid has a grey/white reflection. The original intent was to use the reflections to ID them, but that's just too hard to see (and darn near impossible if you have some beer to "help" you game).
Royal Guard. I think these guys are some of my favorite work from all that I've done, and they're also some of the first! Too bad we never really got to see them in action in Return of the Jedi. I have seen part of a deleted scene, though. The ID dots (visible just in front of the guards) have been painted over. They were ready to throw down against Vader....
Darth Vader! Not much to say here, either. Black, Nightmare Black, Shadowed Stone/Stormy Grey, more black... The Royal Guard Champion was done mostly the same way as the RGs, with a slightly altered scheme from the art. I guess the armor would normally be black, but went with brown to match the gloves and because brown is more in line with the red (in my opinion). His base has since been fixed and is now ringed in black.
Which brings us to:
The regular AT-ST and General Weiss. The general's AT-ST is an experimental model and a much lighter shade than the standard. Now that they're done, they'll probably never hit the table. But they're done!
And that brings us to a close on what we usually use. There are still two sets to go: Twin Shadows (which is partially complete (25-30%) and Tyrants of Lothal.
I will now be taking a brief, and well-earned, break from Star Wars.
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.
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