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!

Star Wars Imperial Assault: AT-DP (Mechanical November ’18)

Star Wars Imperial Assault: AT-DP

Today we have my first piece for Mechanical November. It’s a walker from the Star Wars Imperial Assault game, specifically from the Heart of the Empire expansion. Now, Heart of the Empire is set on Coruscant, which is depicted pretty much a hive-planet, or like a Mega-City from Judge Dredd meaning wilderness is probably not all that common, but I decided to keep it consistent with the AT-ST I painted a little while ago, which was painted in an Endor-ish-friendly worn scheme.

Star Wars Imperial Assault: AT-DP

The AT-DP is originally a Star Wars: Rebels creation. AT-DP apparently stands for “All Terrain Defence Pod”, in case you were wondering (I was, had to look it up!) Looking at the illustration above, you can see how the model makers have completely excised the middle section of the legs, resulting in a much shorter model than we would otherwise have had. Even so, it’s significantly taller than the AT-ST model (I’ll get some comparison pics up soon!)

Star Wars Imperial Assault: AT-DP

The level of detail on the model is quite variable, as you can see. The “head” and “hips” having a nice amount on them, as well as the sides of the legs, but then the various knee joints on the walkers completely lack any feasible mechanical way to pivot. Still, it’s a nice enough model if you don’t notice them. Problem is that it can be hard to “unsee”. And now I’ve pointed them out! :p The “head” was originally stuck in place, but buy clipping off the little knob there, the “head” now can turn freely. Okay. freely for about 20 degrees tops. But it’s something, I guess?

Star Wars Imperial Assault: AT-DP

While I haven’t got a photo of it alongside the AT-ST yet, here it is next to some infantry-type foot models.

I started this thing a few months ago now. Not quite long enough ago for it to have the 6 months to qualify as a “Neglected Model”, but long enough. Probably around August, shortly after finishing the initial AT-ST. I had planned to finish this for Dreadtober, but instead I managed to not finish anything, nor even paint a drop on anything for that particular hobby challenge. So now with the beginning of November, I forced myself to finish this bloody thing. So now it’s done.

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Imperial Officers (Unit-Ed October ’18)

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Imperial Officers

He went that-a-way, (Imperial) Officer!

Today we have the final set of models from Unit-Ed October, the trio of Imperial Officers from FFG’s miniatures boardgame Imperial Assault. Not especially hard figures to paint, and they came out nicely enough. I didn’t try to paint in the whites of their eyes or anything, given just how small and undetailed their faces are. I went for the more usual method used by historical gamers of painting in a darker area that gives the impression of eyes, and on figures that are smaller or less detailed like these, it’s entirely appropriate.

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Imperial Officers

No! It was THAT-a-way!

Despite a lack of facial detail, the folds in their uniforms are nice enough, and so weren’t to difficult to get a nice, simple highlight and shade onto. Certainly good enough for a tabletop boardgame! Obviously, I went with the black uniform for the Elite officer (as well as floor-cog), and simple uniform greys for the others. I did consider doing one or both of the junior officers in the deep field greens (feldgrau) that Imperial Officers are sometimes seen in, but there are so many shades that eventually I just gave up on looking and went for a plain, but solid shade of grey.

And that’s the last of my completed units for October. I hope to have my monthly round-up done tomorrow (hopefully).

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.