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SW:L Hobby Weekend: Dan Does Clone Wars

SW:L Hobby Weekend: Dan Does Clone Wars

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Time for the Star Wars Legion hobby weekend and begun the Clone Wars have!

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We’re Just Clones, Sir

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Time to get the clone side done. In for a penny in for a pound – deploy contrast paint one more time!

Get on the rack trooper!Get on the rack trooper!
Zenith was up from black primer, through greys and finishing with my white potion - 50/50 paint and ink. Zenith was up from black primer, through greys and finishing with my white potion - 50/50 paint and ink.
Thinned apothecary white layer 1. Going to try a couple of subtle layers to preserve the white. Thinned apothecary white layer 1. Going to try a couple of subtle layers to preserve the white.

Army or Not, You Must Realise You Are Doomed

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Army or Not, You Must Realise You Are Doomed

The Force is with us, Master Sidious

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For Dooku I only used Contrast paint (Black Templar) on the black bits. I only bought 4 paints and only that one was useful for this model. I’m not in a rush to buy any more to be honest! Although I might try the flesh tone one day.

Nothing really to see here in terms of technique. GW browns for the cloak.

The lightsaber was done in the same way as Grievous only red this time.

The Force is with us, Master Sidious

For the flesh I used the Fair Skin Reaper Triad. I really like these triads for skin – I’ve got 4 different ones so I can get a range of skin tones without mixing paint. Conventional panting technique with a thinned Reikland Fleshade after the base coat.

The Force is with us, Master Sidious
The family photoThe family photo

The Push to 800

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Right, let’s get this army done.

The droidekas were finished by simply drybrushing silver straight over the zenith prime and then painting the “eyes” red. The droidekas were finished by simply drybrushing silver straight over the zenith prime and then painting the “eyes” red.

For Grievous, who was also sitting with his zenith prime waiting for paint, I decided to try Contrast paints in thin glazes rather than a thick coat. Skeleton Horde for the armour and Black Templar for the mechanicals. Both thinned with Contrast Medium. The next 3 pictures are coats 1, 2 and 3 respectively. It kind of worked ok. You lose a lot of the speed this way but it is easy and requires little precision.

Lightsabers were done by mixing fluro paint with normal paint and airbrushing it on. Lightsabers were done by mixing fluro paint with normal paint and airbrushing it on.
Eyes done and finally just need to paint the lightsaber handles silver. Eyes done and finally just need to paint the lightsaber handles silver.

Sunday Progress: Return of the Danegan

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Right, time to finish these B1 droids.

Adding some mud pigment powder to bring that red down to something more earthy. Adding some mud pigment powder to bring that red down to something more earthy.
First squad of clankers off the production line.First squad of clankers off the production line.
Clankers all based. Now just a varnish and they’re done.Clankers all based. Now just a varnish and they’re done.
Clankers done!Clankers done!
Sunday Progress: Return of the Danegan

On to the droidekas!

Going for a fake colour shift effect with a light gold and a purple ink. Looks pretty snazzy actually!Going for a fake colour shift effect with a light gold and a purple ink. Looks pretty snazzy actually!

Saturday Progress: Attack of the Contrast Paints

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My motivation was sapped early in the day as I looked at the effect the contrast paints had created and I wasn’t happy with it. The droids just seemed to be a tea stained mess. Maybe they’d pass the 3ft test (mayyyybe) but definitely not the 1ft test.  It was only my desire to get them off my painting table that kept me going. However as I tried touching up a few parts I realised that contrasts paints make really good glazes. Applying another coat thinly over the first heavy coat really blended the effect together.
My theory is that whilst contrast paints find the recesses really well, they are hard to control on surfaces. That leads to a patchy effect that looks weird because you end up with lighter bits where highlights would never be and vice versa.  The glaze layer really helped this. Not perfect but perhaps worth it for the speed it allows (I’m trying to convince myself….).

So forget one thick coat – I think it’s one thick coat (controlled as best as possible) plus one thin coat.

I think I’d still have preferred to paint them another way but I might have rescued the army to be useable.

More teeth gritting to do to finish the B1 units and then hopefully the characters will be welcome reward!

Second layer of the same contrast combo. This time really thin looking to blend out the patchy bits. Black Templar for the weapons, with a drybrush of a silver/black mix. Rangefinders used Apothecary White contrast paint. Also a dodgy effect so my plan to use it on the Clones is under review! Second layer of the same contrast combo. This time really thin looking to blend out the patchy bits. Black Templar for the weapons, with a drybrush of a silver/black mix. Rangefinders used Apothecary White contrast paint. Also a dodgy effect so my plan to use it on the Clones is under review!
Base rims Burnt Umber from Vallejo and Luke’s APS Martian basing mix as the first stage of the base. I’m going for a Geonosis effect. It’s a bit too red at the moment but I’ll add some brown pigment later.Base rims Burnt Umber from Vallejo and Luke’s APS Martian basing mix as the first stage of the base. I’m going for a Geonosis effect. It’s a bit too red at the moment but I’ll add some brown pigment later.

Friday Progress

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Managed to get a few hours in after work. The airbrush decided to have one of THOSE days so priming and zenithing took longer than I would have liked but got to the stage I wanted to by the end of the evening.

My first time using contrast paints too. Was an interesting experience – haven’t made up my mind yet but very early days. There is definitely a knack to using them and the knack definitely isn’t “just slop it on”!

Primed good ol’ black (Vallejo primer)Primed good ol’ black (Vallejo primer)
Progressive zenith highlights with Vallejo Black Grey, Vallejo Light Grey then Daler Rowney White artists inkProgressive zenith highlights with Vallejo Black Grey, Vallejo Light Grey then Daler Rowney White artists ink
Contrast paints - 50:50 colours and a well of medium to aid the control of the paint on the modelContrast paints - 50:50 colours and a well of medium to aid the control of the paint on the model
Well, they have some colour on. I won’t be sure if I like it until they are based - but that is usually the case with me!Well, they have some colour on. I won’t be sure if I like it until they are based - but that is usually the case with me!
The end of Friday rack. Lots to do tomorrow!The end of Friday rack. Lots to do tomorrow!

The Army List - Separatist Alliance

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This is the full size Separatist army I am working on this weekend. Will no doubt tweak the upgrades to provide some more variation but I wanted to make sure I was near the 800pt mark – fits nicely!

 

++ Standard (Separatist Alliance) [789 Points] ++

+ Commander +

•Count Dooku [228 Points]: Fear, Force Push, Force Reflexes

•General Grievous [203 Points]: Aggressive Tactics, Hunter, •DT-57 “Annihilator”

+ Corps +

B1 Battle Droids [62 Points]: B1 Battle Droid, E-60R B1 Trooper

B1 Battle Droids [62 Points]: B1 Battle Droid, E-60R B1 Trooper

B1 Battle Droids [62 Points]: B1 Battle Droid, E-60R B1 Trooper

B1 Battle Droids [62 Points]: B1 Battle Droid, E-60R B1 Trooper

+ Support +

Droidekas [110 Points]: HQ Uplink

Begun the Clone Wars Have

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Time to get the show on the road. Workspace ready!Time to get the show on the road. Workspace ready!
Photo “booth” ready!Photo “booth” ready!
Airbrush ready!Airbrush ready!
Rack of droids.....READYYY!Rack of droids.....READYYY!

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