The infamous smuggler, scoundrel and scruffy looking nerf herder has joined the group of painted models for my Imperial Assault games. I’ve been looking forward to this one, and he certainly didn’t let me down…
I’m really loving the quality of the FFG plastic miniatures, and am finding the level of detail quite pleasing. Whilst for the most part they are just high end board game pieces comparable with the low end of your normal tabletop gaming miniatures, they do the job well for a fairly low cost. In addition they’ve also captured the essence of most of the characters quite well, which I think is something very important when it comes to something as beloved as Star Wars.
This week I’ve been furiously painting one of the most impressive models to come out of an Imperial Assault box. Currently there are two versions of the infamous ‘chicken walker’, the standard version that we are all undoubtably fans of and the personal vehicle of the Imperial Assault campaigns villain, General Weiss.
I painted up both of these in much the same manner as each other as I didn’t want to stray from the Imperial standard too much, even if Weiss’s vehicle is something of an aberration, being packed with weapons systems. The only real difference I added was an imperial symbol on the front of Weiss’ craft.
In all honesty I was actually dreading painting these, as I really wasn’t sure how I would tackle these, but once I got started I could hardly put the brush down. These are such an iconic Star Wars vehicle and I think FFG have captured their look perfectly, though I’m not too much of a fan of the weapons on Weiss. I think they are a wee bit too bulky.
Check out the images of my finished AT-ST’s below…
Another few Imperial Assault minis under my belt. This time I’ve been getting stuck into the ominous Royal Guard and Royal Guard Champion. Whilst they have a fairly simple scheme I still found these rater tricky. Trying to get that red just right is difficult, but even more so when you have o do it for the cloak and the helmet. I’m pleased, but still feel the cloak could have been better…
Next up following these was tackling the champion, or Carnor Jax as she should have been named. Not quite sure why they didn’t go with that. For the chap I wanted to follow the artwork and I think it does a nice job of differentiating him…
Whilst also making him look like a deadly badass. Can’t wait to whip these chaps out during the campaign and seeing the look of horror on the faces of the players. Bwahahahaha
I’ve begun to get stuck into the Imperial forces for Imperial Assault. Primarily for the campaign I’m playing in, as I really want to get to a point were we are only using painted figures, but it also means I have a full selection of painted mini’s to take to tournaments.
As you can see above I’ve painted the combat monster himself, Darth Vader. Here’s a couple more pictures of him….
I’m really pleased with how he turned out, particularly the glow of his lightsaber, which was done with only the one paint, GW’s Bloodletter glaze. All I did was add successive coats onto the areas I wanted the glow to reach, slowly focussing more and more on the areas closest to the blade.
Next up is another iconic Imperial symbol, the mighty Stormtrooper….
Only managed to get one group done so far, as whit takes a mighty long time to paint. I’m even tempted to do the elite groups as Shadowtroopers, as black is easier and I think it could look pretty cool ad distinctive. I still want to change over the group marking on the base, so it’s similar to what I’ve done with the Rebel Troopers.
Finally we have some officers to give out some orders….
These I painted up as Stormtrooper officers rather than Imperial army or navy, but I do wish I had gone for a bit of a mix to differentiate them a bit more. As with the stormtroopers I am going to redo the group markings on these chaps as well.
That’s all I have for the mighty Empire so far, but hopefully I’ll be able to get more painted up soon :).
Davith Elso is one of the heroes chosen to take part in our Imperial Assault campaign so I knew I wanted to get him painted up, so I thought I might as well get Murne Rin painted up at the same time.
I have to admit I did push towards someone taking Davith as I think it’s a cracking model and i really wanted the chance to paint him up…
He’s definitely one of my favourite heroes from the range. Whilst painting him up I also realised that I’d really like to paint a few of him up. I think he’d look great painted up like a Clone Wars Jedi, with the traditional brown robes and white armour. I also would love to paint him up as an Imperial Inquisitor with dark robes and a red lightsaber, maybe as a Grand Inquisitor proxy when that pack is released.
Murne Rin was another figure I really enjoyed. There’s not many alien characters, and it’s nice to see a species you wouldn’t expect like an Ithorian…
I wanted to stick with a regal/diplomatic look which I hope comes across in my colour choices.
Both great fun to paint and it now means I have 8/13 heroes painted up 😀
This is actually one of the very first Imperial Assault miniatures I painted. I’m a self confessed Fett addict, and as soon as I opened his packet I knew he was jumping straight to the front of my paint queue.
As you can imagine I had a ball painting this guy. Pouring over reference pictures to make sure I could get him looking as accurate as possible…
I’m really pleased with how he turned out and I hope you like him. The model, whilst not amazingly detailed, certainly does the infamous character justice. The only foible I have with it is the pose. I like the idea of advancing and firing, but it’s the Fett, there’s surely a much more badass pose they could have gone with.
Unfortunately he’s all I have painted for my mercenary forces so far, but as with the other factions, I’m hoping the campaign will give me a good reason to get a lot more of them done.
Here’s a look at the skirmish force I’ve used in the last couple of tournaments in my area. Managed to win a store championship with them, which I was very pleased with, although there was only 3 of us playing. Then not so good in my next tournament, coming 3rd out of 4. Did well in the games against people I had not played before, and terribly against a chap who I played with in the store champs. The list is strong in focus tokens, as well as relying on Leia for fire support, as well as getting some valuable command cards back in play, particularly ‘Reinforcements’. My opponent in that last game was well aware of this and with surgical precision took out Leia, Gideon and Mak within the first 2 turns leaving my force woefully ill equipped to handle his horde of Stormtroopers. I may need to mix things up a bit for next time ;).
I’ve really enjoyed painting these models, whilst not the usual crisp details I like from my mini’s they are Star Wars. And I love me some Star Wars. Everything is painted in the ‘stock’ colour scheme other than Gideon. I wanted him to look like he was in charge of the troopers, so tried to stick as close to their scheme as possible. I also decided to add a good way to differentiate the two Rebel Trooper squads and found some fantastic paint masks from Protect Models to do the job…
They’re really easy to use, just stick on, paint, and peel off, and I think they look really great. They do symbols for all the factions in a range of different sizes, so I think it likely I’ll do the same once more get’s painted or I switch to a different faction.
To finish off, here’s some more pictures of the squad…
I’ve been on a pretty big Star Wars buzz for the last few months. The Force Awakens really awakened(sorry) my love for this fantastic universe and now there are so many options for crossing my love of that universe with my love for tabletop wargaming.
As well as getting back into X-wing I’ve also jumped on board with Armada and Imperial Assault. It’s the latter I’ll be looking at today, particularly the few figures I’ve managed to get round to painting.
I’ve only managed to play through the first few missions of the campaign, but with another attempt on the go at the weekend, I’m hopeful that we’ll manage to get a lot more done and I can get a full taste of how the campaign system plays out. What I have been paying a fair bit is the skirmish mode, which allows for small skirmish teams to be played in versus matches. A great wee addition but also a great way to add a competitive tournament scene to the kind of game it would not normally be suitable for.
The system works really well; Each player has 40 points of minis and is looking to be the first to score 40 victory points. This can be done either by killing enemy units or claiming objectives, and usually a win is gained by mixing the two. With a good mixture of maps and missions(I think there’s around 40 or so), as each new figure pack comes with 1 map with 2 missions it has a great deal of variety. Alongside the 3 factions(Rebel, Imperial, Mercenaries), you get a good mixture of different things every time you play. If you can’t tell already, I love it!
Anyway, enough of my blabbing, here’s a look at the core set characters that I’ve painted up so far….