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Detailing Star Wars Legion Terrain

Detailing Star Wars Legion Terrain

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Detailing and weathering of Battle Kiwi Star Wars: Legion terrain.

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Weathering

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Weathering started with some streaking. I used AK interactive “Engine Grime” enamel, stippling small amount of it on top edge of a panel and then dragged down with a brush moistened in white spirit. Super easy technique, and if you mess it up, just get more white spirit on your brush, wipe it off and do it again.

After the Engine Grime, I added few streaks with a green enamel wash, keeping it very light.

Gallery below with some pics.

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For the bases, I used a pigment powder, brushing it to the edges. As the MDF surface isn’t completely flat it takes pigments really well. That also means you have to be careful with the amount you add, as it can be bit tricky to remove. Good thing is that, outside varnish on top, it doesn’t need anything else to fix it in place.

I wanted to add some rust to the grilles, the metal parts etc. I tried to avoid overdoing it as I don’t want to make these look abandoned, but I was probably a bit too careful. I might repeat this step to make the rust more visible.

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Painting the Shield Generator

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Phew! Main bulk of of painting is now done for both pieces. The pin washing took forever to do, also the the parts I’ve painted green were lot of trial and error.

All Star Wars things should have a letter and number combination for a name, so I used my Anarchy models stencils to paint one of the base. Now I need to do similar one for the turret as well.

I’m quite happy how these are now. I’ll varnish them next and then do some weathering to finish them off.

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Painting the Shield Generator
Painting the Shield Generator
Painting the Shield Generator
Painting the Shield Generator
Painting the Shield Generator

Shield Generator

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Onwards with the shield generator.

First, I did similar plasticard lining as for the turret to the top and also covered the dish support’s tabs. This turned out quite nice.

For the small “satellite dishes”, I decided they needed to go. I removed them and filed their attachment points flat.

The rectangular MDF strips on the centre of the big dish didn’t look that great and felt like would easily snap in storage. I replaced them with round plastic strips. I made them quite a bit longer than the originals, to make them stand out more.

Next step is the most boring one: painting the edges and the added bits and black lining the panel lines.

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Shield Generator
Shield Generator
Shield Generator

Detailing brushwork

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I did some further edge highlighting and emphasized the shading. In addition, I painted few colourful details here and there.

Before I jump into the weathering, I’ll get the shield generator to the same stage, varnish the models and work on the weathering on both at the same time for consistent results.

Detailing brushwork
Detailing brushwork
Stormtroopers for scaleStormtroopers for scale
Detailing brushwork

Airbrushing

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Next step: airbrushing. Again, I picked a nice starwarsey grey: Army Painter Spaceship Exterior.

First, I highlighted the guns, the cogs, and the other parts painted darker grey and finally added highlights for the panels.

Then I went over some of the inside corners and the grilles with Army Painter Dark Tone. The deepest shading was done with black paint.

As a final airbrushing step, I added some extreme highlight with pure white.

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Colours usedColours used
Adding some tonal variation to the panels. Apologies for disgusting spray booth...Adding some tonal variation to the panels. Apologies for disgusting spray booth...

Below is a gallery of where the turret is after highlighting. I’m quite satisfied on the guns and how the sidewalls look.

Next I’ll do some edge highlighting and black lining.

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Painting the Laser turret

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Looking at some reference material (Death Star, for example), the guns in Star Wars are often darker grey than the rest of the turrets. I went with Vallejo London Grey, which is a nice starwarsey grey.

I painted the guns, all the added plasticard bits and the edges of exposed MDF, including the cogs on the tip. It takes couple of coats to get good coverage.

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Painting the Laser turret

Next I gave the guns a quick and liberal wash with Nuln oil.

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Painting the Laser turret

The wood colour in the panel lines started to bother me, so I went a head and “pin washed” them with Nuln Oil. Now, this wasn’t as easy as with plastic kits, as the wash doesn’t really flow in the exposed MDF. I’ve seen some people do this with a syringe, but unfortunately I don’t have one available so had to resort to paint brush and swearing.

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Painting the Laser turret

Next, I’ll take this bad boy for airbrushing.

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Laser turret plasticard work

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I started off with the laser turret and the guns. To make the gun barrels more interesting, I made extra pieces from leftover MDF bits and added some detail with 1mm round plastic rod.

To cover up the tabs and add some three dimensionality, I lined the top of the turret with 2.5mm plasticard strips. For the details on the side, I used 3mm semi-circle plastic rod, which I realised is really handy to have around for detailing MDF kits as often the MDF board is 3mm thick.

Next I’ll paint over the plastic bits and the MDF edges to see how it all ties together.

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Laser turret plasticard work
Laser turret plasticard work
Laser turret plasticard work
Laser turret plasticard work

The laser turret

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The guns on the turret will definitely need some attention. I’ve been playing around with some round plastic strips and fabricating something cooler for the tips of the barrels.

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The laser turret

Plans

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This project is about detailing and weathering MDF-buildings for Star Wars: Legion. The kits I’m using are from Battle Kiwi’s “Star Battle” range.

As a first step, I built the kits per the instructions, just leaving some bits unglued, anticipating that I might want to do something about them.

The base kits would be fine to be used as terrain pieces. They come readily painted and have some nice details. However, like many MDF-kits there are parts that are not ideal, lack some detail and basically look “too MDF”.

 

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The base kits I'm starting off with.The base kits I'm starting off with.
Laser TurretLaser Turret
Shield GeneratorShield Generator

One of the things that I dislike seeing in MDF-kits are the visible tabs. I’ll try to cover or paint over most of them.

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Ugly tabs!Ugly tabs!
Plasticard strips to rescue!Plasticard strips to rescue!

On the shield generator, I’m really not sure about the small “satellite dishes” on the bigger one. They look very blocky and the big dish just might look way better without them. So far I’ve left them unglued and will decide about them later.

The small satellites. Should they stay...The small satellites. Should they stay...
... or should they go?... or should they go?

Another part of the shield generator I feel requires some attention is the support structure on the the top. As a terrain piece it’s very tall and the top will catch your attention. Again there’s visible tabs and a nasty gap on the corner.

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Dish supportsDish supports

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