Imperial Might

Due to a convention (Dragondaze in Newport), I only had a ‘short’ weekend so did not have time to paint too much. I needn’t have worried, as it turns out that Star Wars miniatures are very easy to paint and very, very quick to finish.

I decided to start on the Imperials from the Imperial Assault box set as, having a short weekend, I wanted ‘low hanging fruit’ in terms of getting stuff done quickly. So, I started work on the Stormtroopers and Royal Guard, and on a whim, threw in the AT-ST and Darth Vader as well.

I said in my last post that, if you are looking at painting these models, you should check out Sorastro’s Painting Channel on Youtube. He may not have the gravitas carried by the Church of Duncan, but he knows what he is talking about, and he has an amazing idea on how to tackle Lightsabers.

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I’ll start off with the AT-ST as this model was blindingly fast to do – undercoat, base colour, highlight, wash, final highlight. And… that is it. One thing that quickly becomes apparent is that Star Wars models have less detail and colours than your typical GW model – and that is just fine. After all, the AT-ST would look really weird if it was not mostly grey…

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The Stormtroopers were, perversely, the most time-consuming models to do in this little batch, as you have to rebuild the pure white after an all-over wash. But that is no great chore, and the final result is a bunch of Stormtroopers, which is always a win.

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Now, as components for a boardgame, these Stormtroopers certainly do the job – hard plastic, decent sculpts… but for a miniatures game, a single pose across nine models (in a ¬£75 box set)? Come on, FFG, we can do better than that.

Anyway, spray white, do the black body sleeve and gun in Mechanicus Standard Grey, wash with Nuln oil, then touch up the white. If you follow Sorastro’s guide, you finish with an Ard Coat varnish to get the armour shiny.

Works perfectly!

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The Emperor’s Royal Guard are even easier to do. You really just… paint them red. Highlight up from that (their poles are black and silver, granted). Again, Ard Coat is used on the helmet, creating a nice distinction between cloth and armour.

I saved the best to last… Darth Vader!

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Obviously, a lot of black is involved, highlighted with Eshin and Administratum Grey, with Ard Coat used for the shiny bits of armour. The real trick is the Lighsaber.

Using Sorastro’s instructions again, you start with bright red and highlight up from that. However, instead of using lighter reds, oranges and yellows to create the glowing effect… you mix in Runefang Silver to Wild Rider Red.

I saw that at first and thought ‘that will never work’. But then I tried it. Now, my meagre skills (both at painting and photography) do not do this technique justice, but my heavens it works! Seriously, check out the Youtube channel linked above, it just… works. And the glow of the Lightsaber reflecting off the cloak? Nothing more than three or four coats of Bloodletter glaze.

I am going to be doing more Imperials from the Imperial Assault box set this week, with an aim to finishing them off over the next few days but, game-wise, we will be diving into X-Wing a little later this week – just reminding ourselves of/learning the rules, but we should get some battle reports done soon enough!

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One Response to “Imperial Might”

  1. Azazel Says:

    They’ve come up exceedingly well, especially the AT-ST. I like the glow effect on Vader. I’ll have to try something similar…


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