Wookiee Weekend! Star Wars Imperial Assault: Chewbacca

Star Wars Imperial Assault Chewbacca

The conclusion of Wookiee Weekend presents the most famous Wookiee of them all, Chewbacca. In fact, if you’re reading this blog and you don’t know who Chewbacca is, you’d better turn in your geek card immediately.

Given just how famous Chewie is, there are no shortage of quality film-accurate reference pics out there, so it was easy to get a good one to ensure maximum accuracy. Here he is relaxing and Being A Very Good Boy. Such A Good Boy!

Star Wars Imperial Assault Chewbacca

Jokes aside, it was important to check reference pics because while many of us may mentally picture Chewbacca as being one or two shades of brown – possibly through growing up with Hasbro or even Kenner Action figures – he’s actually got quite a distinct pattern with more variation in his fur colouration in most examples of the fursuit, though his hairstyle has changed from film to film slightly (Jedi, especially!) Since I wanted to do justice to the main Wookiee, I checked several references in order to get it reasonably right.

Star Wars Imperial Assault Chewbacca

I actually started all of the latter four Wookiees after Gaarkhan at the same time, but the two nameless warriors were the first completed, so I could get a bit more practice in, then Chewie more than a week later, and finally Gaarkhan, just a couple of days ago. I changed the post order for the final two because, well, Chewie needs to be the big finish for any batch of Wookiees.

Star Wars Imperial Assault Chewbacca, Drokkatta, Gaarkhan, Wookiee Warriors

As requested by Faust, here’s an all-Wookiee (dance) par-tay. (Luckily I was going to do it anyway!) Wouldn’t want this lot kicking in your door, that’s for bloody sure! The heroes get indoor/spaceship themed bases, while the Warriors get something a bit more appropriate for the forests of Kashyyyk. As you can see, I’ve given them all distinctive fur colouration (coats?) while following the art for the game-original heroes and photos for Chewie, and natural-looking variation for the two nameless ones.

Wookiee Weekend! Star Wars Imperial Assault: Drokkatta, Steampunk-ish Wookiee Grenadier

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Drokkatta, Steampunk Wookiee Grenadier

Back to Imperial Assault briefly now. Today’s model is Drokkatta, the Steampunk-looking Wookiee player character Grenadier from the Heart of the Empire expansion, which is next on our groups list (after we finally get the last two core campaign missions completed!)

Drokkatta has darker fur than the other named Wookiees shown to date, and a kind of bundled dreadlock thing going with his …hair? Head-fur? So I attempted to reflect that while still maintaining some tonal variation.

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Drokkatta, Steampunk Wookiee Grenadier

Marouda will once again be playing the Wookiee when we start the next campaign, so she’ll have the role of Drokkatta, since for some reason she always wants to play as the Wookiee. That’s …fine. Doesn’t worry me. But it does mean that it gave me quite the bit of advance notice on which model to paint up, and so once again she’ll probably be the one with the painted model for most of the campaign before the other two PCs get painted up. I guess I can probably pick my own character sooner rather than later and get started on whoever that turns out to be…

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Drokkatta, Steampunk Wookiee Grenadier

Looks like Drokkatta is all about grenades and pouches. And pouches and grenades. It’ll be a fair bit different to the close combat monster that Gaarkhan was.

…and yes, I’ve touched up that messy bottom of the base rim since taking the photos. It was bothering me, too!

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Wookiee Warriors

Star Wars Imperial Assault Wookiee Warriors

A nice, simple update today – just a pair of Wookiees from Imperial Assault. This pair work as a pair of player allies in the game in the campaign game, or a pair of troopers in the “vs” Miniatures Rules. We haven’t yet used them in any context, but I imagine they’d be rather nasty in melee.

Star Wars Imperial Assault Wookiee Warriors

There’s not a great deal to discuss here. After rebasing onto 32mm round bases (which they still manage to overhang in that pose) The paint was an interesting exercise as I wanted to create some interesting fur tones with some depth and variation, while making them distinct from one another as well as from Gaarkhan and …any other Wookiees I may have been painting at the time. *cough*

So I’m pretty happy with how that turned out. More practise on things like fur variation is never unwelcome for model painting, so there it is!

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Jyn Odan (Technical August ’18)

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Jyn Odan

Today’s post is the last of the three player character models that we have been using in the Imperial Assault board game. No relation to Rogue One’s Jyn Urso of course (you just keep recycling those EU names, FFG!)

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Jyn Odan

Of course this model is probably my least favourite of all of the Imperial Assault player character models – mostly because of the pose which is awkward at best but also because of the tiny small fine detail that just did not come out that well in the soft PVC of the model.

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Jyn Odan

Given all that I’m not too concerned that the final painted figure is not perfect. I actually attempted in the end to try and give her face and eyes a slightly Asian (or half-Asian) look. It’s certainly Trickier than changing a skin tone, I’ll tell you that! I think it came off more effectively on the actual model, but to be honest, it’s so small that I do have to point it out. And yes, I can see that the artwork could represent a whole gamut of Earth’s ethnicities, but this is the best that I was willing to put the time in for on such a small, awkward model. (ie, getting it noticeably better would be very difficult and involve more time and care than the figure is worth…)

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Jyn Odan, Fenn Signis, Gaarkhan the Wookiee.

Just to cap off here is a picture of her alongside the other two player characters that we have been using – Fenn Signis and Gaarkhan the Wookiee. Now all three companions are complete – just in time to play the last two (or is it three?) scenarios (two, I think) – probably tonight or Friday. And yes, then all three of them will be retired for new characters as that will be the end of the existing campaign. Barely seems worthwhile in a way, but what are you going to do?

Edit – I’m also going to call Jyn here a submission for Technical August, since painting Orange is the kind of nightmare I usually try to avoid, and it’s awkward as all hell. She’s also my first attempt at a (sort of) Asian or part-Asian face that’s not attached to like, a Ninja or Samurai-type figure. That I can think of, anyway.

FRAG! “Space Marine” Kitbash.

For those who aren’t aware, FRAG! is a multiplayer PVP boardgame based on old-school FPS (First Person Shooter) games like multiplayer DOOM, Quake, Unreal Tournament and so on. When I first got this game, many years ago, I decided to build a couple of models especially for it – so this guy is OLD. I’m not sure where the others are, but I found this guy recently, and updated him to 2018 spec with a new base, so here he is! I could update him further, but (with the exception of the new base) he’s a bit of a time traveller from a certain time in my life, so I don’t want to mess with him any further. Basically, I’d rather just build a new, better one rather than fuck with this model.

Basically, he’s made from plastic Catachan Guardsman parts with a non-aquila Space Marine Torso and a weapon from the WarZone spare weapons set, painted in homage to the sorts of muscle-bound badass “Space Marine” types that game developers gave us to play as back in the day. Yes, his shoulders and their proportions (especially in light of his neck) appear egregiously bad, but that’s part of the charm of this figure to me (and they don’t look quite so bad in hand, somehow). And shit, look at the two models his parts come from! The idea for this guy came about based on the detailing on the backs of those original 40k 3rd edition boxed set torsos (that is no longer on the newer ones) and the particular head (I think it’s from a Sentinel crewman) with shades, chewing on a cigar. He’s on a Sedition Wars base, painted with a touch of Necromunda Blue, so he can always have a secondary position as Hive Scum or a mercenary or some such…

Star Saga: Tool Boxes and Tech Drawer Terminals

Star Saga: Tool Boxes and Tech Drawers Terminals Scatter Terrain

More Star Saga scatter terrain today. Like the doors and crates before, I’ve bumped these up in the painting queue to use in Imperial Assault. The little tool boxes I painted in three different overall shades using different washes, so three of each if I ever need some more differentiated boxes, but they can just as easily be used as the loot crates as the ones I finished recently. The other things are these weird terminal things that appear to have computer screens and drawers. I guess they could be storage for pretty much anything with type-in access. Whatever – doesn’t matter.

Star Saga: Tool Boxes and Tech Drawers Terminals Scatter Terrain Imperial Assault

The finish on these are a bit beaten up and a bit dirty, though not overly so. Trying to find that balance that fits into multiple locations in the worn Star Wars universe, basically.

IA has various red squares on the map that designate impassable terrain that also blocks line of sight. I thought these would work well for the “base/ship” style interiors to just 3-D the game up a little more. There’s also exterior ones that I’ll need to make something a bit more proper for, not to mention the interminable terminals that we need to use in every single mission. I’ll have to get started on some of those next.

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Fenn Signis

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Fenn Signis

So I’ve finally gotten a second one of the player-character models from Imperial Assault completed. This one is the guy I’ve been playing, “Fenn Signis”. I’ve rebased him on a Sedition Wars tech base – I’m not going to do that for every figure, but for the Player Character models and some of the named heroes it seems fair enough. And it does fit Fenn quite well here.

Colours are simply based on the artwork for the character, so while it’s more brown than I’d normally go for, I’m trying to largely keep to the art in most cases here.

Speaking of “Fenn”, I of course recognised that the name was taken from/inspired by “Fenn Shysha“, a Mandalorian warrior from one of the old Marvel Star Wars comics. How did I know this? Because I was a huge Star Wars EU nerd? Not exactly. When I was a kid, I saw the comic that featured Fenn Shysha. This one:

Now if you were a kid. Actually, nevermind being a kid. Let’s just say that you saw this comic cover regardless of your age – who would you assume the main story is about from that cover art? Yeah, too bloody right. Imagine my disappointment when the cover art, lifted from a promotional still of The Man Himself has nothing to do with the character you’d expected.

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Fenn Signis

Anyway, enough of my bitching. The main point here is that I’ve finally finished this guy, and now two of the three PCs have proper models. Just one to go – Pyrowave is playing as Jyn Odan (aka Girl Solo, and she’s not that far from being completed. We’ve got three missions to go in the initial campaign before we have to retire these characters, so fingers crossed I get Jyn completed before we have to retire these three in favour of a new trio of PCs!