Emperor Palpatine: The Pallid Face of Evil

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Star Wars Legion: Emperor Palpatine with Stormtroppers

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

Star Wars Legion: Rebel Force

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Star Wars Legion Rebel Forces

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.

Finishing the Chiesa Santa Maria del Villaggio al Fiume

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Mediterranean Church, Chiesa Santa Maria del Villaggio al Fiume

Those who have visited the site may know that I have been on the look out for some quality Blood & Plunder terrain for a long time. While there are a lot of Spanish/Caribbean-styled buildings out there, I was happy to hear about a quality HDF set of buildings in the form of a Kickstarter, that includes a church (today's project), buildings, fences, walls, and a fountain. The church from the Kickstarter, the Chiesa Santa Maria del Villaggio al Fiume, was on sale early at the designer's website, Things from the Basement, and I was the happy recipient of one for Christmas.

Star Wars Legion Rebel Troopers

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Star Wars Legion Rebel Troopers

Since Christmas I’ve had the Star Wars Legion core set from Fantasy Flight sitting on a shelf collecting dust, mostly because I already had other projects underway, including painting Blood & Plunder miniatures and terrain pieces. But, for Valentine's Day, my wife brought surprised me with three expansion boxes she found at a local gaming store. She also commented that several people the store was going to play Star Wars Legion the next evening. We went to get a taste of the game, and while I was already interested, my wife was excited about playing as well. So, the next day I started painting the rebel faction from the core set for her to play!

The Unaligned (Pirates) Starter Set

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Brethren of the Coast pirate force for Blood & Plunder

The Unaligned Nationality Starter Set from Firelock Games’ Blood & Plunder game is painted and ready to go, and with that comes the fun of figuring out how to build a starter force. Before we do that, lets look at the models that came in the starter set because, following the unintended negative feedback on the packaging of the miniatures, they paint up very nicely.