Star Wars

It’s a trap!

It's not all fun and games in the workshop. Sometimes there is the serious business of crushing the Rebel Alliance to deal with. Between Christmas and New Year I had a great game of Star Wars Armada with friends which gave me a chance to roll out all of the ships I have plus as many fighters as I had painted. I even speed painted Blue Squadron the night before to give the rebels some extra X-Wings. I had forgotten how much fun Armada is playing much more strategically compared with the cut and thrust of X-Wing. Things didn't pan out as hoped for the Rebel fleet who it has to be said took a bit of a bruising from the Star Destroyer "Relentless" and [...]

By | 2018-03-16T10:30:00+00:00 January 6th, 2018|Star Wars|0 Comments

Armada: Y-Wings and TIE Adv

Short and sweet today. Another trio of squadrons painted for Star Wars: Armada, this time the oh-so classic Y-Wings for the Rebels and some TIE Advanced/First Order squadrons for the Imperials and ... er First order. All of the classic movie Rebel ships are iconic in my opinion, but I do admit to having a special place in my heart for the Y-Wing. It may look like it was assembled out of left overs and scaffolding, but the turret and Ion cannons pack a nasty surprise in the X-Wing game plus it has the benefit of being a bomber and able to hurt capital ships. I painted the two groups to be 'Gold' and 'probably green but who knows?" squadrons. Similar to the X-Wings I [...]

By | 2017-09-13T10:55:26+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Star Wars|0 Comments

Wamp versus Wookiee

No, that isn't a typo. Earlier in the year I backed another brush Kickstarter, this time by the guys at 'Wamp'. Yes, I know I said I'd never back another Kickstarter involving brushes after the awful brushes I received from the last one I backed. Fortunately no such disappointments this time as the brushes fulfilled by Wamp neither purported to be "Pro-Studio", "revolutionary", "innovative" or any other such marketing clap-trap. They were  however manufactured as far as I can tell by Rosemary & Co here in the UK and thus far have performed admirably. I haven't had the opportunity to test all of them out fully so please don't misconstrue this as a review, although I've painted the Imperial Assault characters below and the majority [...]

By | 2017-09-13T18:22:41+00:00 August 20th, 2015|Star Wars|3 Comments

Star Wars Armada: Painting the X-Wings

After the success I had painting the tiny TIE Fighter squadrons for Armada, I figured I ought to have a go at the Rebel X-Wing squadrons as well. Whereas the TIE Fighters are pretty uniform and a simple monochrome palette of greys and black wash can bring them to life, the Rebel ships are considerably more busy. One school of thought was to prime them white and then give them a black wash to provide contrast followed by a white drybrush. Nice and simple but doesn't really suit the X-Wings which are more of a weathered mix of pale grey panels with a sharp white edge highlight. Instead I settled on a palette that although is a bit more involved than the Imperial ships, does [...]

By | 2018-03-10T09:45:22+00:00 June 24th, 2015|Star Wars, Tutorial|5 Comments

Star Wars Armada: Painting the TIE Fighters

How to paint your tiny TIE Fighters for Star wars Armada. This is purely the method I came up with and isn't any kind of definitive guide as there are probably lots of different ways you could go about it, they yield better or faster results and I certainly encourage experimentation. That said, this particular approach worked well for me and seemed about the right balance between speed and simplicity, whilst still delivering a pretty good tabletop standard. For this you will need: Light grey primer (I used Vallejo, but any will do) Flat black, GW Mechanicus Standard Grey, GW Celestra Grey A black wash GW Mephiston Red or Vallejo Escorpena Green (depending how you like your blasters) Protective gloss varnish (I used Klear) Final matt varnish [...]

By | 2018-03-10T09:45:30+00:00 May 29th, 2015|Star Wars, Tutorial|3 Comments

Imperial Assault – The Campaign

This week was another gaming first as we kicked off the start of our Imperial Assault campaign. Having painted all of the Imperial Faction troops in the box it was about time I put them to task in a game, so we gave the tutorial a miss and jumped straight in at Mission 1: Aftermath. Even though this was more of a rules familiarisation run-through, a couple of things struck me early on. Firstly despite outward appearances from the plethora of books, strange tokens and cryptic dice, Imperial Assault is remarkably streamlined and easy to pick up. In no time we rattling through the rounds, activations swapping back and forth. There is also a good tactical depth to it with forward planning and unit positioning being [...]

By | 2017-02-07T21:48:45+00:00 April 25th, 2015|Star Wars|2 Comments

Imperial Assault – Part Three

The Nexu is the big cat type predator you see Amidala slapping about on Geonosis at the end of Episode II: Attack of the Clones. It isn't as difficult to paint as you might imagine, but getting the right colours for the fur and markings was a bit tricky. I started with a white primer. In fact everything to date with the exception of Vader and the Imperial Probe Droids began with a white prime. I then applied the fur base colour and stripes using an airbrush to get both a light base as well as some diffusion in the stripes. For the fur this was a mix of VMC Ochre and Sand Yellow and the stripes were saddle brown. Before painting the other details [...]

By | 2017-02-07T21:52:58+00:00 April 22nd, 2015|Star Wars|6 Comments

Imperial Assault – Part Two

If you've been following any of my posts earlier in the year, or via my G+ page you'll have seen I've been steadily working my way through the Imperial faction troops from Fantasy Flight's Imperial Assault core game. Despite ostensibly being board game miniatures, the quality of the designs and production is every bit as good as I've come to expect from Fantasy Flight, who since X-Wing have been steadily moving up in my estimation. It's no secret that coming from a wargaming background I'm probably a miniature collector (hoarder!) and painter first, gamer second. As gaming time and particularly gaming space is much more of a premium these days, I find myself thinking back to the days when I used to play Heroquest or [...]

By | 2017-02-07T21:57:51+00:00 April 18th, 2015|Star Wars|0 Comments

Imperial Assault

Throughout the week I have been pressing on with Scourge reinforcements for my fledgeling starter army and break into Hawk Wargames Dropzone Commander. If all goes to plan I will have the next unit completed over the weekend and will post something in the next day or two. A short interlude however, as an impressively large package arrived in the post containing an equally well packed copy of Fantasy Flight's Imperial Assault which I couldn't resist checking out. Having been impressed with the quality and playability of their X-Wing miniatures game, I thought I would give Imperial Assault a try as well. I'll be honest I'm going into the game pretty cold as I know very little about it other than the marketing blurb and [...]

By | 2017-09-13T18:23:28+00:00 February 14th, 2015|Star Wars|2 Comments

Call Harry Stamper

I have been doing a bit of forward planning this week. Nothing drastic, just trying to keep the momentum going while I work my way through the Ultramarine assault squad currently on the painting table. Hobby time has been at a bit of a premium this past week as there have been a few jobs around the house that couldn't be ignored anymore. Actually, technically they are 'outside' the house but lets not split hairs. So, last month I showed the Babylon 5 ships I was speed painting up to get some games in with Kev at some stage. These are progressing much to plan and although nothing much to look at currently, are adequate enough to game with. What it has left me however [...]

By | 2017-09-13T13:54:58+00:00 August 1st, 2011|Star Wars, Terrain|8 Comments