Hi there all,
Bit of a delay between the last article and this one but what with moving house and having to set up the new man cave time has not been on my side.
I’ve been playing a lot of the excellent Star Wars X-Wing game from Fantasy Flight games. I generally play Rebels and started to suspect that one of the main reasons I don’t play the Imperials is that for me there is less Character to get into. We all know the names of the Rebel Pilots and with their higher costed ships they are a less throwaway commodity in the game.
I decided then to rethink and re-characterise my Imperial Fleet to add a bit of character to them. Form reading a lot of the extended universe books and comics I decided on the Imperial Remnants.
After the end of the Galactic Empire at the end of Return of the Jedi the story goes that large elements of the Imperial fleet continued operations against the New Republic for some time. These Remnant fleets still had large quantities of ships of all classes and sizes including the vast Star Destroyers.
This article then will be looking at how I painted up my Remnants…
First up then was to strip the original paint off, a quick dunk in Biostrip took all but the canopy paint off. This product is wonderful and available everywhere. Just drop them a line at email@example.com or visit biostrip.co.uk
The models were then given a spray of Vallejo Vermillion mixed with a little Black.
A second coat of pure Vermillion was added to the edges and th panel centres
A coat of gloss varnish was sprayed on and a wash of black and burnt umber oil was applied. This can then be brushed off where not needed. I keep the brushing off process in vertical top to bottom strokes to suggest oil and dirt running down the ships.
Next up the engines, canopy, the black areas of the Tie Fighter wings, and some of the details were reprinted black. I made some basic templates from Tamiya 3mm masking tape and applied some white markings. These were sprayed on using Vallejo Off-white mixed with a touch of Iraqi Sand to tone it down.
Another light coat of gloss varnish was applied in preparation for the weathering.
I then did the weathering. I have a fairly standard system of weathering. First off is to gently ‘sponge’ some of the leading edges and point whish would sustain more wear and tear. These areas are then stippled with rust colour, I think I used Red Leather followed by red leather mixed with orange. These same areas are then dabbed with pure burnt sienna oil paint. White spirit is then sprayed on and when this has nearly dried it is streaked downwards with a clean dry brush and blended into the surrounding areas. I also masked off the canopy of the Lamda Shuttle and quickly sprayed a mini star field onto it to suggest a reflection.
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