Friday 30 July 2021

Star Wars Legion Rebel Trooper Upgrade Expansion

 Hi everyone! What a scorcher mid July has been! I know its turned a little cooler this week but such is typical of British weather! I only did a few bits of painting last week in the warmer weather as I couldn't be bothered after being at work all day. I only managed the odd half hour or so before going to work each day with the patio doors open whilst it is much cooler! Still on the Sci Fi kick I have been chipping away at some of my Star Wars Legion Backlog.

I grabbed these a few weeks back after spottng them on Amazon and still having some credit left from leaving present. So I decided to get a set to give me some variety in my Rebel Trooper units. I didn't realise however upon opening the set, that this expansion comes with a trooper unit card as well having special weapon or blaster options for the 3 regular troopers. If I had known I would of done these sooner as this gives me my third required Corp unit for playing the main game. I'd need to stretch the other two units a little but thats fine as you only need a leader and 3 troopers for a minimum size unit of Rebel Troopers. I may pick up a second set of these and use the alt blaster arms on them all.

These were far more fun to paint than I though they were going to be. I think them being all different species and requiring different skin tones etc is whats made them far more interesting to do.

I must confess not seeing this species before but they look distinct thats for sure. This is an Ishi Tib Trooper Captain upgrade and replaces the regular unit leader.

Next we have a Theelin armed with a DLT-20A rifle a sort of long range blaster weapon. The Theelin species is the first one I am familiar with from the movies as one of the singers in Jabba's Palace is one. Googling images for references seems to indicate there are quite a few in the Star Wars Cartoons. 

This is an Ithorian or Hammerhead another I wasn't really familiar with but I love the look of this guy and after doing some googling really enjoyed painting him up. He is armed with an SX-21 which is a sort of close range shotgun type blaster. 

The Gran Trooper Specialist gives you a bonus card slot (I need to look it up exactly as I haven't gotten my head around this part of the rules properly yet) I loved doing this guy I can remember having the action figure as a kid. Though I think he was part of Jabba's guards on the Skiffs from memory.

As you can see they mix in quite well with the troopers that I have already finished.

Tuesday 13 July 2021

Rise of the Machines!!

 Continuing the sci fi theme we have various robots/droids finished this week. First up from Crooked Dice we have Mean Machine part of the Apocalypse range and one I've had since the Apocalypse Kickstarter way back. Of course he can be used in sci fi settings and he has a bit of a bounty hunter look about him. 

As more of a character figure I added in some brass detailing here and there and tried a blue wash on his pistol. Finishing it with a silver drybrush and some gold plating.

Copplestone Casting Future Wars FW15 Terminator Robots. Chunky sculpts which I love and useful for both Spy Fi and Sci Fi. I got these ages ago for another project which I have forgotten about but could easily be used as in an Argonauts cast or Killbots in 7TV Apocalypse.

 I painted them pretty similarly to Mean Machine without the brass plating and after a wash of dark tone liked how they looked. I painted there weapons in US Grey/Green and as an after thought gave them coloured shoulder joints so I can differentiate between them on the tabletop if needed. 

Thursday 8 July 2021

Star Wars Legion Luke Skywalker (Star Wars Version)

 Had been mostly painting droids for Stargrave/7TV however I ran out of black paint and primer this week and won't get chance to pop to a LGS until the weekend so Whilst assembling some other miniatures  I have quickly painted Luke who was the last of my Primed Legion Core set. I'd already partly painted the base. So quickly painted him whilst watching a movie last night.

I can also use all my Star Wars stuff for Stargrave! All thats left of the Rebel side of the Core set is the ATRT! That was proving just as frustrating as I tried to magnetise the weapons but I failed miserably. I think I need some slightly smaller ones and need to plan it a bit better the 2mm by 1mm magnets are to big.