This is the beginning of my wifes Elven, Erehwon army. I got Archers, infantry and cavalry build and ready to prime and then she brought home this box of Great eagles from Games Workshop’s Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game, home from the local game store. And somehow that seemed like the more fun place to start.
The Shoretroopers for Fantasy Flight Games Star Wars Legion were a joy to paint, not least because of the contrast paint used. As usual I start painting with a three-color zenithal prime (a thin coat of black Vallejo surface primer, followed with a 45-degree application of gray, and finished with white from above).
The colors are as follows, unless otherwise noted (all paints are Vallejo model color and shades are Army Painters Quickshades).
|Basecoated with a 1:1 mix of Skeleton Horde contrast paint and contrast medium|
|Pale Sand||Thinned and glazed as a highlight|
|Pants & Shoes||USA Olive Drab
|Watered down to a wash and applied|
|Smoke||Thinned to a wash, tinting the leather areas|
|1:1 mix and applied to one arm. washed with red tone and Flat Red used as a highlight|
|Azure Blue||Used for the blue armor markings|
|Flat Yellow||Used for the blue armor markings|
Until next time, adventure on!
When I thought about painting the Imperial units, I feared Vader. It wasn’t the way childhood me feared him (his telekinesis, lightsaber expertise, or force choke), but the fact that I had to paint him black. Aside from the Emperor, he’s the first fully black model I would be painting and there are quite a few shades of black across his different uniform materials (cloth, leather, plastic, metal). With the emperor, I didn’t think that my blacks were well varied, so I wanted to do that better this time. At the same time, I wanted to be true to film and avoid over-highlighting the miniature to prevent a cartoony feel that can occur when painting and highlighting black.
Now that I have finally finished painting my wife’s Rebel figures, it is time to start on the Imperial forces -- a lesson in blacks, whites, and chiaroscuro. What better figure to start with than the pallid face of evil itself, the Emperor. While painting this principally monotone model, I set the following goals:
- I want him to stand out when compared with Vader, which meant he couldn’t be black-black
- I want his robe dark enough to contrast well with his pale skin, and
- I want a true black inner robe
It seems like it’s taken forever, but I finally finished* painting my wife’s rebel troops. We started playing Legion just after Valentine’s Day; all in all it has taken roughly four months – mostly due to the fact that I am a slow painter and there are other projects that have required some attention. Of course, it didn’t help that there were three additional releases by FFG in that time: Jyn, the Pathfinders, and the Landspeeder.