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USING THE COSTUME DESIGNS TO PAINT MY STAR WARS LEGION

USING THE COSTUME DESIGNS TO PAINT MY STAR WARS LEGION

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About the Project

When I started collecting Star Wars Legion miniatures I approached it in the same way I do historical collections. I used a very nice book of the costumes used in the films as a guide for my painting. Whats interesting is how the colours of some costumes look different on film then they do in real life and some of the details that you can easily miss.

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Look Sir Droid

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Look Sir Droid
Look Sir Droid

Escape Pod

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The original model used in the filmThe original model used in the film
Escape Pod
I went for a more of a grey look with some dusty sand stains.I went for a more of a grey look with some dusty sand stains.

Clone Trooper Specialists

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Clone Trooper Specialists
Clone Trooper Specialists
Clone Trooper Specialists

For the clone trooper specialists I looked at ARC trooper colour schemes and captain markings for the officer. Plenty of examples on line for clone rank colour schemes. I didn’t glue the heads on so I can swap them  around. I wasn’t happy with contrast paints on this set and will try again.

The droids i'm looking for

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I found R2 doesnt have the right amount of detail on his dome when it comes to painting compared to the film model.I found R2 doesnt have the right amount of detail on his dome when it comes to painting compared to the film model.
The droids i'm looking for
get a good look at the different coloured wiresget a good look at the different coloured wires
The droids i'm looking for

Stormtrooper specialists

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I have used the shoulder pauldrons to rank my minis. Orange for captains white for sergeants and black for trained troopersI have used the shoulder pauldrons to rank my minis. Orange for captains white for sergeants and black for trained troopers

Jedi Luke

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According to the costume he had a dark brown belt and one glove but the mini looks like he has twoAccording to the costume he had a dark brown belt and one glove but the mini looks like he has two
Rather glossy contrast paintsRather glossy contrast paints
Jedi Luke

New Vader New paints

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Contrast paints actually helped with some reflection workContrast paints actually helped with some reflection work
New Vader New paints
New Vader New paints

Using Contrast Paints

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Squad done in contrast paints. Quick but a bit messy in my opinion. I found it hard to cover mistakes especially when using a very dark colour next to white. Squad done in contrast paints. Quick but a bit messy in my opinion. I found it hard to cover mistakes especially when using a very dark colour next to white.
Sergeant coloursSergeant colours
Contrast paintsContrast paints
None contrast. I dont really see much difference.None contrast. I dont really see much difference.

B1 Battle Droids

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Used contrast paints for the first time. Wraith bone primer with Skeleton bone got the force done very quickly Used contrast paints for the first time. Wraith bone primer with Skeleton bone got the force done very quickly
B1 Battle Droids

CLONE WARS

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Some guide ideas for a slash of colour on these troopersSome guide ideas for a slash of colour on these troopers
CLONE WARS
CLONE WARS
Fiddly droids to put together. Reminds me of putting together old Warhammer skeletons.Fiddly droids to put together. Reminds me of putting together old Warhammer skeletons.

Shore Troopers

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Shore Troopers

Probably the most colorful variant of stormtrooper for the Empire and a welcome painting change. I used a bone colour for the armour although my reference material does say that Shore troopers are known to have various colour schemes so you could go wild with camouflage.  According to the fluff the blue colour on the chest indicates an officer so that makes him a nice target.

As an officer this Shore trooper decides not to stand out by being the only mini pointing.As an officer this Shore trooper decides not to stand out by being the only mini pointing.
Mortar Mortar

Snow Troopers

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The original costume. Not all shiny white so i get to beige them up a bit.The original costume. Not all shiny white so i get to beige them up a bit.
Snow Troopers
Snow Troopers
Snow Troopers
Snow Troopers

BOSSK

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BOSSK
BOSSK

Bossk comes with two different sets of arms which slot in with out glue.His flight suit is a funny yellow and a nice bright scheme. His figure is more dynamic that the costume from the film.

BOSSK
BOSSK

Occupier Tank

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Occupier Tank

I loved painting this model as it’s so simple to paint and a great slab of a vehicle. Being a simple Empire grey it was a quick paint job. I spent more time on the container units that add a splash of colour to the tank. The tank commander has a dark patch on his armour plates denoting his rank.

Occupier Tank
Occupier Tank
Occupier Tank
Occupier Tank

Land Speeder

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Land Speeder

Lukes Speeder has a pattern on the bonnet but as this isn’t Lukes I decided not to put it on my model as it’s not noticeable in the film. The model also has a gun slapped on the front so will get in the way. I stuck to a brown colour scheme and I copied the pattern on the engine jets.

Land Speeder
Land Speeder

IMPERIAL OFFICER

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Officer CostumesOfficer Costumes

The Black and olive green uniforms of imperial officer. I like the Olive green but I painted Veers that colour so I went for the black for this officer. I dug up the rank badges for the Empire which could come in handy if I get another officer.

IMPERIAL OFFICER
IMPERIAL OFFICER
IMPERIAL OFFICER

PRUNE FACE

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PRUNE FACE

Prune face comes as part of the rebel commando kit although in the movies you’d miss him if you blink. You spot this alien in the briefing scene in Return of the Jedi but I dont recall seeing him running around Endor but i presume he’s about. His cloak is a different colour to the other commandos going for a brown Khaki shade rather than green.

PRUNE FACE

REBEL COMMANDOS

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REBEL COMMANDOS

The commandos we see on Endor wear the usual Rebel Khaki but with a dash of green on ponchos and long coats. This was easy to paint because you dont have to be too careful with it.

original design drawingsoriginal design drawings
REBEL COMMANDOS
REBEL COMMANDOS

REBEL OFFICER

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Rogue One Costume designRogue One Costume design

I was looking forward to getting my hands on some generic commanders for this game. Rogue One was the inspiration for this paint scheme and they use the same rank insignia’s that were developed by the old RPG back in the day.

Officer with Rank insigniasOfficer with Rank insignias
REBEL OFFICER
REBEL OFFICER

SCOUT TROOPERS

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Love the open helmetLove the open helmet
SCOUT TROOPERS
SCOUT TROOPERS

Scout troopers have to be my favourite looking troopers. I think it’s the helmet design, I wish we had seen troops with the front face plate open. They made use of this feature in the rebels series to show the hero in disguise with out taking his helmet off every five minutes, the front just flips up. I liked the sniper miniatures clearly inspired by the video games.

SCOUT TROOPERS
SCOUT TROOPERS
SCOUT TROOPERS

IMPERIAL NAVY COMMS

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IMPERIAL NAVY COMMS

I was hoping for a full unit of these troopers but so far we just have the one specialist. Like Vader it’s all black of course so a very easy paint. I took some ideas from the helmet with a few metal chips and I usually varnish the helmets so they have that plastic look. The helmet image are props from a New Hope while the image bellow is from Rogue One. Death Star troopers are meant to be navy troops so you only really see them on board ship or manning bases.

IMPERIAL NAVY COMMS
IMPERIAL NAVY COMMS
IMPERIAL NAVY COMMS
IMPERIAL NAVY COMMS

DARTH VADER

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DARTH VADER

Vader like the storm troopers is dominated by one colour. The only variation from black is on his belt and life support chest piece. His eye lenses have a red tint. In the original film his helmet is mat black but from empire on wards it’s got a shine. Which is why he looks off to me in Rogue One as they went for the original look. I prefer his helmet shiny so I glossed my minis head.

belt detailsbelt details
DARTH VADER
DARTH VADER
DARTH VADER

STORMTROOPERS

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A New Hope troopers helmetA New Hope troopers helmet

When I started painting my troopers I realised they arent all just black and white. The eye lenses are green and the vents in the side of the helmet are bright blue. There is also a number of grey areas and a subtle difference in the design from film to film.

Troopers Helmet From Empire Strikes BackTroopers Helmet From Empire Strikes Back
Troopers torso worn by Mark HamillTroopers torso worn by Mark Hamill
Holstered blaster on worn armourHolstered blaster on worn armour
Back pack details on sand troopersBack pack details on sand troopers

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