Star Wars – Spectre Cell

A recent commission involving the stars of Rebels, the crew of the Ghost, Spectre Cell.

Always a fan of Star Wars projects, especially consisting of so many awesome characters. I worked with the Imperial Assault minis for the most part, with the Legion Sabine being the only alt model.

Took a lot of scouring reference pictures, but I’m very happy with the way they turned out…

Looking to get you’re models painted, get in touch at deathwatchstudios@gmail.com

A Year in Pictures 2018

Well it’s been a long year and I have been spotty at best with keeping up with this, hence the delay in getting it out there.

I set out to keep track of how many models I paint in a year, not with a specific goal in mind or as a figure to beat, but to just have a look at the numbers. So without further ado my painted figure count for 2018 was…

175

Not a bad number to be honest, but this year I think I’ll break it down even more. I want to look at how many figures I paint for each game that comes my way, board game, tabletop, or anything else that may happen. This is one ofthe things I’ll be adding to my painting goals for the year, which I’ll talk about soon.

Anyway, enough rambling, here’s the 175 models I painted this year…

Imperial Assault – More Empire Reinforcements!

This week I’ve been hard at work trying t add more reinforcements to the Empire see of my Imperial Assault set, still on that quest to providing a fully painted mission to my campaign players. The first thing I’ve been working on is some Viper Probe Droids…

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Great models, but horrible to clean old lines from and I think they may need repaired often as they are only loosely attached to that base. These show off what I’m doing with the rim of my bases well though. Grey for standard deployments and red for the elite deployments, and as with previous groups I’ve used ProTech Models stencils to differentiate any that are the same.

I also tackled another group of Stormtroopers…

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I want all my standard groups of Stormtroopers to be standard, run of the mill white but for the elite groups I wanted to do something a bit different. For this group I chose to do them as Shadowtroopers. I was inspired by a cloaking device upgrade that I have received in the campaign, and to keep things thematic I’ve decided I’ll only use it on this group. For the next elite group I think I’ll be doing them as Shocktroopers 🙂

Star Wars Armada – Imperial Wave IV

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I’ve just finished adding the last few touches to my wave IV(technically wave III & IV) reinforcements and added even more firepower to my Armada force.

I’ve only played a few games with each of the ships so far and I love how they work. Nothing has the sheer firepower of an ISD, so doesn’t make quite as big of a splash as when that was released, instead being a bit more subtle in the way that they change the shape of play.

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The Interdictor, on the face of it, comes across as a slightly weaker VSD that moves a touch better and costs more. Doesn’t really seem worth it. But where it really shines is in it’s upgrades and it’s sheer survivability. The ship adds a new upgrade slot, the ‘Experimental Retrofit’ slot and in it you can add lots of gravity manipulating shenanigans.

 

Whilst I won’t go into a huge amount of detail on it, I will say that I love this ship. It adds enough to the game to change up gameplay and fleet building tactics to a good degree, without making it feel overpowered. It was also a lot of fun to paint the addition of the grave well generators and central trench are nice ways to break up the classic grey space triangle look.

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The Gozantis are another great addition to the game and, like the Interdictor, don’t really look all that special on the face of things. Whilst they are weak, they are also cheap and disposable and above all else a really easy way to add more activations to your fleet. Just that will make them worth their points. Throw in another new upgrade slot type ‘Fleet Support’, which as the name may suggests makes the Gozantis more of a support unit, and you have another great addition to the game that changes everything in one hell of a good way.

I wanted o paint these up so that they each had squad markings an keep the red stripe theme going across all my ships. Here’s a closer look at each of the squads…

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Imperial Assault – AT-ST’s!

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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…

Imperial Assault – The Royal Guard Attack!

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…

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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…

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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

Imperial Assault – Heroes of the Bespin Gambit!

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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  😀