Star Wars Imperial Assault: Nexu + Contrast Paint Experiment #7

Star Wars Imperial Assault Nexu

Back to Star Wars Imperial Assault today, with a pair of Nexu, originally seen in Ep2: Attack of the Clones. They only vaguely fit into the Imperial Assault campaign, as for some reason it appears that both the Imperial Forces as well as “Scum” forces have a whole lot of these things as attack-dog style pets. For those not familiar with them, in the film they’re depicted more akin to Lions or Tigers – and used as wild gladiatorial beasts.

Anywho, they sat around on the desk, entirely unpainted but annoying me for ages before I decided to knuckle down and get them done recently. As with a bunch of things, the most effective motivation was to play with the Contrast Paints.

I followed the “official” scheme for these for the most part, with just the smallest bit of variation between the two so they could be told apart on the tabletop. One is a little darker on top and in its stripes and also has a dark snout.

Star Wars Imperial Assault Nexu

As far as the actual painting went, thinned Snakebite Leather Contrast was used for their fur, over Wraithbone. The stripes were done with only-slightly thinned Snakebite Leather on one, and 50%-thinned Cygor Brown for the other, including the snout. The tails were done with a thinned mixture of Gryph-Hound Orange and Fyreslayer Flesh. The dorsal spines were 50-50 Cygor Brown and Black Templar, highlighted with thinned grey. Mouths with Volupus Pink and tongues touched up with thinned red paint. I still gave the fur a final drybrush to unify it all a little more.

Overall, the stripes using Cygor Brown don’t blend quite as smoothly with the rest of the fur as those with Snakebite Leather, but it was overall easier to do all of this, especially on areas like the overall fur, the tails, the mouths and the spines with the Contrast Paints than it would be with traditional washes, due to their physical properties – less viscosity, and the stuff adheres a little better rather than all pooling via gravity. It did also help with overall speed, and especially, with motivation to paint models I wasn’t all that keen on doing.

I’ve got some upcoming models that I’m actually keen on painting, that I also think will also make good Contrast Guinea Pigs. They’re still a ways off, though – all I’ve done so far is select them from a set, so don’t expect to see them too quickly. 🙂

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Jabba The Hutt (Jewel of July ’19)

Star Wars Imperial Assault Jabba The Hutt

Ahhhh Jabba the Hutt. A character that goes back to my childhood, the excitement of seeing previews of Return of the Jedi and then finally seeing it in the cinema. So when I started to expand my Imperial Assault collection, how could I skip the most notorious crimelord of Tattooine?

One thing that was never apparent for many, many years was the fact that a lot of Jabba is actually green. Why? Well, when seen in the film, he’s always in dim surroundings and the main angles that he’s lit and filmed from highlight his sandy-yellow coloured face and underside. The “green” areas always looked to me like they were prdominantly a shadowed effect.

This was further reinforced by the oringinal Kenner toy. I never had it myself as a kid, but a friend did, and the thing was basically desert yellow in its entirety.

So then the remastered, butchered “Special Edition” Original Trilogy films came out, and what the actual fuck was going on here? Unconvinging, cartoony-faced CGI, a vastly smaller Jabba, a silly “comedy” spot where Han steps on Jabba tail, and much more green, to boot! Messed up on a variety of levels to the point where it looked (to me) like they’d just changed Jabba’s colour. In the same way that they changed his face, his size… you get the idea.

Star Wars Imperial Assault Jabba The Hutt

So it wasn’t until years later – sometime after the Internet became a thing I spent time on – when I finally saw and understood that Jabba was in fact, actually mostly green the entire time. So.. okay. So then that was how I finally painted the model, despite my instincts wanting to make him entirely made up of shades of yellow, tan and ochre. Finally complete (he’s a Neglected one, too!) It’s a pretty nice model, though it does have a few flaws.

Star Wars Imperial Assault Jabba The Hutt

So wild tangent aside, the main flaw with the model is basically the size. As you can see from this triad of “Scum and Villany” types, the scale used by FFG for Imeprial Assault is one that gives a lot of priority for the models being boardgame pieces first, and miniatures a (distant) second. People familiar with Star Wars will know that the droid, IG-88 is super tall, the Jawa is tiny, and Jabba is a huge, bulky slug. For scale, Jabba should be so big that the Jawa is about the size of Salcious Crumb (the bird-faced fellow sitting under his bong in the above film still).

Ah well, boardgame miniatures, eh? Whaddayagonnado?

Star Wars Miniatures Bacta Tank (#26, Imperial Entanglements)

Star Wars Miniatures Bacta Tank #26, Imperial Entanglements

After the positive response to my last few days worth of posting, I thought it was a good opportunity to hit everyone with something really underwhelming. In this case, I have a pair of Bacta Tanks from the Star Wars Miniatures range of prepaints brought out by WotC from 2004-2010. It was a surprisingly decent game, though I never got into it hardcore, and most of my purchases for the game have been via the post-2010 clearouts and fire sales from various places. These two I picked up late last year from a local place for cheap to maybe use in the actual game, but more realistically, use for Imperial Assault boardgame terrain and 40k-related Scenery. Not much to say here. I ripped off their warped and wonky bases and replaced them with HIPS 50mm bases, which I painted in that bluish-grey tone I use for other Imperial Assault things. I also found some old WHFB shields which I fashioned into super-crude pieces to add a tiniest bit of detail on top.

Could I have done more? Of course. But let’s be entirely real here – the models aren’t all that great and are still slightly wonky and warped – and ain’t nothing I can do about it! So I mulled over this briefly and then decided that they’re not worth the time it would have taken when I have to much else to do. So this is it, and here they are. They’ll look fine from an arms’ length. All good, and good enough!

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Imperial Sentry Droids (Armoured April ’19)

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Imperial Sentry Droids

The first models I finished in April were actually posted awhile back – the two Ice Elementals from Mantic and the big red K̶h̶o̶r̶n̶e̶ Wrath dude from The Others: 7 Sins – both posted up as part of Monster March, as I finished all three of them just over the line (AU time) – but they’re ultimately April models in my own timeline. That leads us to this set of four models – these were started in February and were part of that initial “hey….” thought that led to the inception of the Gender-Ambiguous March Painting Challenge, along with the Mummies and Beavers and Werewolves.

Looking at the shoulder pads on these models, I figure that they fit in well enough with Armoured April, so they ended up serendipitously rolling into the following month’s challenge…

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Imperial Sentry Droids

This time, when painting the models, I pretty much ignored the “canonical” images, as I preferred to paint them metallic as opposed to in greys. So I did just that. I’m such a rebel.

(See what I did there?)

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Imperial Sentry Droids

As usual for Imperial Assault gameplay purposes, I needed to differentiate the leader/Elite model. I did so this time by painting the usual part-of-an-Imperial Cog on the edge of the base, and also by adding additional markings on the head, chest, back and shoulder beyond the more subtle chest and shoulder markings I’d painted onto the regular droids. Should be enough to make him fit in with the Imperial Forces while also standing out just enough on the tabletop.

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Imperial Sentry Droids

And that’s it for today’s update. I’ll get some more stuff up shortly (I took a few more photos tonight) and hopefully continue to slowly catch up with all of the blogging things over the next weeks.

Mantic Terrain Crate/Star Saga Storage Tanks (Bacta Tank)

An underwheming scatter terrain post today! These two storage tanks were originally started back during (and for) Technical August but not completed. In fact, they’ve sat around annoyingly taking up space ever since, so I finally got them to a (slightly shitty) tabletop standard last weekend. I’d actually fished them out of the tub they’d been sitting in since I lost interest after August, to try and get them done for Mechanical November, but that didn’t work out, either. As part of Technical August’s theme, I tried using transparent paints over a silver base to see what kinds of effects I could achieve, inspired by the Bacta (healing) tank from Star Wars, specifically the Empire Strikes Back. The “water” is gemstone turquoise (or sapphire?) by Warcolours over the silver, while the “empty space” is Warcolours’ transparent white. The turquoise worked …okay, but the white seems to have been a bit of a failure.

Of course. “real” Bacta tanks are filled to the top (and feature adults wearing nappies inside them), but I felt that if I “filled” these to the top then they’d just look like they were painted blue. In the end, they’re pretty rough and not to the scatter terrain standard that I like to adhere to – but at a tabletop gameplay distance they’ll look …fine. Still, experiments by definition can’t always be a success, so I’m just calling these done and getting them the hell away from my painting desk. I’ve still got a few more of these things. I think they’ll be painted grey with some “warning” decals on them. I think those will actually look pretty decent. When I get around to them.

Star Wars Imperial Assault: General Veers

Star Wars Imperial Assault General Veers

Maximilian Veers was a male Human Major General of the Galactic Empire’s Imperial Army, famous for his leadership at the assault on Hoth in 3 ABY and other battles. Thank you Wookieepedia.

For some reason I didn’t think to look up a source image for Veers,  Instead, I relied on my memory – and got Veers’ hard armour colours wrong! (And also Weiss’ – As I painted them at the same time!) Well, in my defence, though – even images online have a bit of colour shift:

This image is the official FFG one for the Legion Veers model pack.

But this one is from starwars.com!

Still, even with that variation between steel blue and sea green, how could I have gotten the armour so very wrong?

Oh.

I guess I was remembering this action figure? Which I never owned as a child?

Or maybe this bust? Which I also don’t own. I guess we can see here that Media depictions of Veers’ armour has been ….consistently inconsistent over the decades.

To be fair, even the action figures have had just a tiny bit of variation over the years…

So my excuse is that i was operating from deep memory, rather than checking the source material. It does bother me a little bit, but not enough to repaint the bastards!

Star Wars Imperial Assault General Veers, AT-ST, AT-DP

Here’s Veers alongside his fellow Imperials from November’s painting. I never did get that hover-tank thing finished. Or started.

Star Wars Imperial Assault General Veers, AT-ST, AT-DP

And here’s the money shot – Veers alongside all three Imperial Assault walkers with a slightly Endor-inspired background. Now you know why I featured that scenery piece yesterday. To be fair, though – I’d planned to show it ages ago before I got overwhelmed by work. You also now know why their bases are decorated as they are.

Star Wars Imperial Assault: General Weiss & AT-ST (Mechanical November ’18)

Star Wars Imperial Assault General Weiss AT-ST

And now, the final one of my three Walkers from Imperial Assault is finally completed!

Star Wars Imperial Assault General Weiss AT-ST

This model is sold as “General Weiss” and serves as a replacement for the card token supplied in the core/starter box. Of course, most people using Weiss in their games would simply use the full-sized AT-ST supplied in the game. I suppose, unless the Imperial Player needed both the AT-ST and Weiss’ Custom variant.

Star Wars Imperial Assault General Weiss AT-ST

We haven’t faced this thing yet in the campaign, but it’s certainly kitted out for war, with quite a lot of gun-bling bolted onto the sides.

Star Wars Imperial Assault General Weiss AT-ST

The Weiss AT-ST also serves as an additional walker for those people who might be playing the “Skirmish battle” mode of IA, and therefore comes with Weiss’ extra over-the-top experimental weaponry as well as those of the standard AT-ST kit. Given that the model is really a “dual mode” one, I decided not to glue the weapons into their slots so that I have the ability to easily change between the two (and this way, I can more easily lose one set of weapons!)

Star Wars Imperial Assault General Weiss AT-ST

As with the other AT-ST that I painted a couple of months ago and the AT-DP I finished a few days ago, I went for “Endor/Temperate” style basing on this one, because consistency. Of course, it’s not entirely ideal when other imperials have “indoorbases and others down the line will need to have snow basing, but I guess that’s the thing when you;re going for model-appropriate basing rather then unified “army” basing as I’d do for something like Warhammer 40k, or Bolt Action or even a fully-fledged wargame like Star Wars: Legion. it is what it is!

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As with the aforementioned AT-DP, this was something I started a few months ago after the initial AT-ST, then it stalled, then I planned to finish the pair of them for Dreadtober but didn’t manage to touch them with a brush, so I’ve finally gotten them done now for Mechanical November. A couple more down, uncountable more to go!