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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

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About the Project

In this project, I will document all my miniatures and models for Star Wars Imperial Assault and other Star Wars-related games. My main focus are the many iconic characters from the movies and shows, and I'm always aiming at getting my paint jobs as close the original source material as possible.

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The 3rd of six figures to paint in november...

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The third Imperial Assault-figure of the six I committed to paint each month for the next six months is a Clawdite Shapeshifter. First, some progress-images:

Here is the finished figure:

The 3rd of six figures to paint in november...

Painting 36 miniatures to display standard in six months...

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So, this november a new project season has started on tabletopwelt.de, and I’ve committed to painting 6 figures for Imperial Assault each month for the coming six months. I’ve also decided to solely focus on non-unique figures since I’ve focused mainly on painting unique and often iconic characters for the game, so the little fish now really deserve the spotlight.

Painting non-unique figures/deployments doesn’t mean they’re not iconic themselves – we’re talking about Star Wars after all. I’ve started with two Tusken Raiders and have documented my progress along the way. Here they are:

And here are the finished Tusken Raiders:

Painting 36 miniatures to display standard in six months...

The GHOST for X-wing re-painted.

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Two years ago, I bought the GHOST from Star Wars REBELS for the X-wing miniatures game – not because I played X-wing, but because I wanted to have a cool model of that ship and completely repaint it to match its screen counterpart. And this month, I finally got around to finish repainting it.

Since I approach my Star Wars miniatures and models pretty much like historical miniatures and models, I surrounded myself with loads of reference material for the GHOST, because I not only wanted to get the colours right, but also meticulously recreate the type of texture which is so iconic for all Star Wars vehicles, as well as all the specific dirt, grime and combat scars which give the GHOST personality.

I started by undercoating the whole model with a mid-light off-grey and gave it an even coat. Then I used an almost empty rattlecan with a matte off-white and used that to give the whole model loads of teeny-tiny unevenly distributed sprinkles. With that done, all panel-lines were thinly filled with Nuln Oil. Next, I applied all the different colours and darker greys to panels and/or in patterns as specified in my reference material.

Now came the part which was both fun and very, very tedious: Painting on uneven tiny geometrically patterned rectangles and short broad lines in a slightly lighter and a slightly darker colour all over the ship, with some areas leaning more towards the darker tone and others more to the lighter tone.

After that, I had to apply smudges and dark, almost black battle scars as well as some subtle streaking. At that stage, I also painted the glass-parts of the various canopies, the guns and the engines. The engines got some subtle, uneven edge-highlights, and the dark canopies excluding that of the docked PHANTOM in the back received transitions into a vibrant dark green towards their edges.

Finally, a very light off-white was applied roughly and unevenly to all edges to create the effect of some glints and chipped paint. Some of it was extented into some panels to create further scratches.

I think I got very very close to the original digital model with this one and I’m very proud of the result. In my opinion, the use of an airbrush and smooth transitions which we miniatures-painters usually prefer do not work on a model like this which needs to look rough and beaten, but still hint at neat evenly-applied paint from when it left the factory underneath all that dirt and grime, and I believe I managed to do that. 🙂

The Galactic Conflict Grows...

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What I've painted so far...

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