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About the Project

In this project, I will finally collect, assemble and paint miniatures for Star Wars Legion and explain some of my painting processes. Also, I'm opinionated in that I grew up with the Original Trilogy in the 1980s and also really enjoy some of the new stuff - like the Clone Wars and REBELS animated series.

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More Rebels...

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I’m currently working on three more Rebels – one out-of-the-box officer, and two heavy conversions for even more variety and to keep each Legion-mini in my collection unique:

More Rebels...
More Rebels...

The Turbolaser Defence Tower is painted now, and also received some colour...

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My first terrain piece is an Imperial Turbolaser Defence Turret – a large gun turret on a concrete tower with a balustrade for defence against attacks from the ground. The whole model is completely self-built from plastic cardboard, paper clip wire and a few LEGO elements. I took my inspiration from the design of the turbolaser towers on the Death Stars, which were also built as planetary defences as seen in REBELS. The tower already shows some signs of weathering, and during a morning inspection the Imperial personnel noticed that their turbolaser tower had been secretly decorated with colours during the night, contrary to all Imperial regulations. The Imperial officer immediately asked for reinforcements, because she has heard that the art style of the graffiti corresponds to that of a notorious and wanted rebel of Mandalorian origin, known for explosive activities and called ‘Artist’ by some stormtroopers…

The Turbolaser Defence Tower is painted now, and also received some colour...
The Turbolaser Defence Tower is painted now, and also received some colour...
The Turbolaser Defence Tower is painted now, and also received some colour...
The Turbolaser Defence Tower is painted now, and also received some colour...

The turret has received a bit of... 'colour'.

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The turret has received a bit of... 'colour'.
The turret has received a bit of... 'colour'.

The Turbolaser Defence Tower is built.

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I have now finished building the turbolaser tower and it will be ready for painting shortly. I have now not only given the central structure a few details, but also a texture to represent traces of the concrete formwork. The gun turret has also received a few additional details, for example three large eyelets at the top to which steel cables with snap hooks can be attached – this is how the gun was placed on top using a crane or vehicle.

The Turbolaser Defence Tower is built.
The Turbolaser Defence Tower is built.
The Turbolaser Defence Tower is built.
The Turbolaser Defence Tower is built.

Progress...

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The basic tower structure is done, next I will install doors and add details in order to create the iconic industrial look of Star Wars. The gun tower is sitting on a barbette btw, and can be turned as well as taken off.

Progress...

Terrain for Star Wars Legion - scratchbuilt, of course

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I started my first terrain piece for Star Wars Legion yesterday – an imperial turbolaser defence tower. The turret itself, which sits at the top of the structure that will end up being between 50 and 60 cm high, is already as good as finished – there are still a few details missing on the surfaces of the armour shell.

I built everything myself from my favourite materials: plastic cardboard (everything that is white), a few LEGO elements (grey) and paper clip wire (silver-metallic). Here are a few first impressions:

Terrain for Star Wars Legion - scratchbuilt, of course
Terrain for Star Wars Legion - scratchbuilt, of course
Terrain for Star Wars Legion - scratchbuilt, of course

Enter the Imperials - led by Iden Versio

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I managed to paint the commander for my planned imperial force – Iden Versio and her spotter droid ID10:

Enter the Imperials - led by Iden Versio
Enter the Imperials - led by Iden Versio
Enter the Imperials - led by Iden Versio

What's next?

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A little preview on the next force I’ll build and paint for Star Wars Legion once the last three Mandos for my rebels are painted:

What's next?
What's next?
What's next?

Fenn Rau and three more Mando Gunslingers

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Yeah, I finished three more Clan Wren Mandos and Fenn Rau, who will act as a unit leader. Also: I’m currently painting three more Mandos in the colours of Bo Katan’s Nite Owls.

Fenn Rau and three more Mando Gunslingers
Fenn Rau and three more Mando Gunslingers
Fenn Rau and three more Mando Gunslingers
Fenn Rau and three more Mando Gunslingers
Fenn Rau and three more Mando Gunslingers

Painting Progress on Fenn Rau and three new Clan Wren warriors.

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Getting closer to the finish line on these four…

Painting Progress on Fenn Rau and three new Clan Wren warriors.

How many Mandos is enough?

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Since for me, there’s no conclusive answer to that question, I’m building, converting and painting even more Mandalorians.

First of all, I’ve finished painting Bo Katan, who is now ready to join the battle. Also, I’ve built and re-posed/converted three new Mando warriors who will replace three already finished figures in my two units of Mando Resistance wearing the colours and markings of Clan Wren. Why? Because my new conversions look better – that’s reason enough for me.

What’s more: I heavily re-designed, re-sculpted (or more accurately: scratch-built) Fenn Rau, who will become the unit leader of one of my two Clan Wren Mando Resistance units.

Pictures:

How many Mandos is enough?
How many Mandos is enough?
How many Mandos is enough?
How many Mandos is enough?
How many Mandos is enough?

Enter the Nite Owls!

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Since I’m hopeful and optimistic that AMG will eventually make Mandos playable as a sub faction for the Rebels – I mean we already have basically all the Wrens who fight on the battlefield and mandalorian warriors to accompany them – I’m now starting to future-proof my model collection by creating a few characters like Bo Katan and painting up some Mandalorian Resistance in the colours of her Nite Owls. I also plan to build, convert and sculpt a mini for Fenn Rau.

So, I have built, converted and added to a figure to create Bo Katan, and I’ve also started painting her:

Enter the Nite Owls!
Enter the Nite Owls!
Enter the Nite Owls!

The Alderaan Guard and Clan Wren Mandalorians join forces.

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It’s done! I fully painted my first army for Star Wars Legion – 800 points standard. It’s a somewhat unusual but also thematic Rebel force. Leia is the commander leading 3 units of Rebel Troopers as the Corps segment, all wearing the colours of the Alderaan Guard, each also including a DLT-20A specialist. Sabine Wren fills an operative slot and leads 3 units from the Special Forces segment – one Clan Wren Mandalorian Resistance and two Mandalorian Resistance wearing the colours of Clan Wren, both of which also include a Beskad Duelist.

Each figure in the force is unique, and to achieve that, I converted a few to get new poses and variations of equipment and equipment designs. Also, everything strictly conforms to WYSIWYG with regards to noticeable special gear, like Leia’s portable scanner for example.

Here’s the whole force and a selection of images from figures in the force – older images and brand new ones:

The Alderaan Guard and Clan Wren Mandalorians join forces.
The Alderaan Guard and Clan Wren Mandalorians join forces.
The Alderaan Guard and Clan Wren Mandalorians join forces.
The Alderaan Guard and Clan Wren Mandalorians join forces.
The Alderaan Guard and Clan Wren Mandalorians join forces.
The Alderaan Guard and Clan Wren Mandalorians join forces.
The Alderaan Guard and Clan Wren Mandalorians join forces.

These are my colors

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Since Sunday evening I’ve finally been sitting at the hobby table and painting my Rebel Troopers for the third block. Today, however, there are no WIP pictures, but something different.

You often see painters in our hobby – even many high-end painters – sitting in front of large shelves with dozens, sometimes it seems hundreds of pots of paint in all shades and nuances. And that’s okay. Here is the colour range – and I don’t mean the manufacturer, but the actual colours – that I have been using exclusively for many years:

These are my colors

Eight colors and a wash. From these I always mix exactly the shades I need at the moment. Green is in there because it’s more difficult to mix a nice dark green, and the lighter medium brown is in there for the same as well.

I often feel that many hobbyists are put off mixing colors themselves – and the learning curve is indeed steep to begin with – or simply enjoy the convenience of the huge range of color tones on offer for our hobby a bit too much. I have been mixing my colors for over 30 years now. I started when I was a young teenager because there weren’t that many good acrylic paints for our hobby and I preferred to spend my pocket money on minis instead of dozens of colors. For years now, I don’t have to think about which of my colours I have to mix together in which ratio to get a specific tone – it’s like playing an instrument regularly for decades.

It has some great advantages in my opinion, which I can only recommend to any hobbyist: You pay less money for paints because there is no more paint that sits mostly unused on the shelf and maybe even dries out. You are no longer dependent on specific colour ranges and annoyed when a color that is important for your army is no longer available in the middle of a project, and in the end you have acquired a skill that opens up a whole new understanding of colours and their nuances.

Preparing the remainig minis for my first Star Wars Legion army

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On Friday I want to start painting the remaining 5 Rebel Troopers and 2 DLT-20A specialists. To avoid duplication of minis in the force, I’m using Rebel Commandos here, of which I’ll then mix 1-2 into each of the three units of Rebel Troopers – they wear the same clothes, helmets and carry the same weapons, and differ only in the overcoats and ponchos. The Mon Calamari on the front right of the picture actually aims with a sniper rifle, but since I’m strictly WYSIWYG, he got the DLT20-A from a second specialist in an elaborate plastic operation, whose first out of the box version I painted as a Gooti. I removed the Mon Cala’s sniper rifle in such a way that his hands, including trigger finger, remain undamaged. Each of the three units of Rebel Troopers gets a DLT20-A specialist.

Now a third is missing – another box of Rebel Troopers Upgrade Expansion is coming today, so I have a third DLT20-A available for the last conversion for this army.

Preparing the remainig minis for my first Star Wars Legion army

Clan Wren goes to war!

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Twelve Mandalorians of Clan Wren – including Spectre 5 Sabine Wren, her mother and clan matriarch Countess Ursa Wren as well as her younger brother Tristan Wren have geared up for war and stand ready to support my rebels with training, firepower and attitude.

I love these minis – they are my favorites so far and I can’t wait for Atomic Mass Games to release a Nite Owls-expansion which can be used both in the Clone Wars era and the Galactic Civil War era with Bo-Katan as a commander figure which will make it possible to field a force consisting only of Mandos as we could see in REBELS.

Clan Wren goes to war!

Seven more Clan Wren Mandalorians are finally painted

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Seven more Clan Wren Mandalorians are finally painted

A SAGA Battlereport!

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Work continues on my 7 additional Clan Wren Mandalorians. All have received their markings and the helmets are now complete – all details, shadows, highlights and glints done. Now I’m working on the rest of the armour and after that, the gauntlets, belts, pouches, holsters and grenades will be tackled.

A SAGA Battlereport!

Seven (more) Mandalorians...

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Work has begun on 7 more Mandos who will complete the maxed-out mandalorian aspect of my Rebel-list. I converted a few of these to get variants in poses and/or equipment, so that each of my 12 Mandos looks unique. Variations in the colours and types of markings will further contribute to making each unique.

Here are some images documenting the progress on the painting front:

Seven (more) Mandalorians...
Seven (more) Mandalorians...
Seven (more) Mandalorians...
Seven (more) Mandalorians...
Seven (more) Mandalorians...
Seven (more) Mandalorians...
Seven (more) Mandalorians...

The Rebel-Mandalorian Alliance - halfway done

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In the past couple of weeks, I managed to assemble, sometimes convert for new variations in poses and gear, and paint 5 Rebel Troopers and 2 Clan Wren Mandalorians. I now have 14 minis of the 28 in my list finished, and have started assembling, converting and painting another 7 Mandalorians which I must finish this month.

The Rebel-Mandalorian Alliance - halfway done
The Rebel-Mandalorian Alliance - halfway done
The Rebel-Mandalorian Alliance - halfway done
The Rebel-Mandalorian Alliance - halfway done
The Rebel-Mandalorian Alliance - halfway done

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