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Tuesday 31 March 2020

Star Wars: Legion - Crashed Escape Pod

Just before the lock-down I picked up the Crashed Escape Pod from our local games store. After all, who could not want R2-D2 and C3-PO as either a part of your force or just wandering around your battlefield.

It's a hefty price tag to just get these two, but I figured I'll have my outgoings severely curtailed over the next few months!

Firstly the droids themselves.

Both droids are on a single frame in the set and there is a lot more assembly than usual for the Star Wars: Legion stuff. But, both go together quite easily.

After assembly both droids were primed with matt white spray primer.

I started on C3-PO with a basecoat of VMC Golden Brown and then applied a wash of VMC Brass. Subsequent glazes with more VMC Gold added to the Brass.

Now, it's little noted, but for Episodes 3 through 6 C3-POs lower right leg should be silver, just like in the films it should be quite subtle. I did this in VMC Gunmetal Grey highlighted with VMC Silver.

Silver dots for the eyes and a dark grey mid-rift completed the paint job. I just added detailing with W&N Peat Brown ink on the gold and W&N black ink on the silver.

I made a start on R2-D2 next, over his white primer I did a thin wash of VMC  Pale Grey to highlight the detail, his dome was painted in VMC Gunmetal Grey.

The blue was picked out with VMC Dark Prussian Blue and highlighted with VMC Royal Blue, The dome was highlighted again in VMC Silver.

The front 'eye' was a dot of red, while his rear eye was a dot of green.

To finish him off a few areas were picked out in W&N black ink.

Lastly the crashed escape pod. I wanted this to look quite battered from both a lack of maintenance and it's trip through the atmosphere.

I used a buff coloured primer then gave the whole thing a base-coat of VMC French Horizon Blue, but ensured that the paint was very streaky, making it thinner in some patches than others.

Some panels were painted in different shades of grey, as if they had been 'borrowed' from another escape pod. I then added a lot of black-grey on the exhaust ports and as streaks along the side of the ship.

Using a Tamiya weathering kit I added moor streaks of black soot.

The base was quite a simple point job with one highlight on the rocks and then a dry-brush that rather did show up the 3D printing lines on the model.

It's quite an expensive set, but I think it will be a fun addition to our games.

Sunday 29 March 2020

Hundred Years War: English (18)

More reinforcements for the Hundred Years War English contingent with another unit of bowmen finished this week.

All are from Perry Miniatures, seven of them are from the English Army 1415-1429 set.

The remaining five are metal castings from their Agincourt to Orleans range.

I've tried to maintain a common theme through the unit with the dark red and/or dark green used on every figure in the unit.

The sabot bases are a custom order from Warbases, and I'm perilously low on stocks of these so will have to get another order in when they reopen.

A few close ups of the individual figures from the unit.

Victoria has also been busy this week, adding an Imperial Officer and Comms Tech to her Star Wars: Legion forces.

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Hundred Years War: French (22)

I'm all out of figures to paint for the Star Wars: Legion project so it's back to the Hundred Years War project that I put on hiatus to crack on with that.

Another six French Men at Arms join the cause, as usual all from the Perry Miniatures Agincourt Mounted Knights 1415-29 set.

Like the previous one, the Knights are based on Renedra 45x20mm and then on the 80x60mm  sabots I ordered from Warbases.

This now brings me up to seven units of mounted Men at Arms for our To the Strongest! and Hail Caesar games.

I painted them in batches of two knights and two horses so there is quite a common palette on them.

Some of the individual shots of the knights.

A "Fancy Dan" with this plumed helmet

The arms from this one are off the foot Men at Arms frame, I think they fit quite well.

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Another learning game of Star Wars: Legion

Victoria and I played another learning game of Star Wars: Legion on Sunday afternoon. Our last game was the basic learning game from the rules.

This time we took it up a small notch.

The Imperials played by Victoria now have three units of five Stormtroopers, one unit with an extra DLT-19 Stormtrooper. The Imperial Command Deck also included Darth Vaders cards.

My Rebels now had three units of Troopers, one unit with an extra Z-6 trooper. The Rebel Command Deck now included Luke Skywalkers cards.

The game area was still a 36" square but the hab unit was in the middle, in a corner of each deployment unit was a collection of supplies. After turn six the winner would be the one who had captured the enemy supplies, in a tie, the winner would be the one closest to the hab unit door.

Both sides rushed to man the barricades and a brisk firefight soon ensued.

First casualties were on the Rebel unit with the Z-6 who lost three men to accurate fire from Stormtroopers and Speeder-bikes.

With everybody in cover the AT-RT was not going to do much so started a wander up the middle of the table, he'd at least draw fire and may stop the Stormstoopers from manouvering.

The boss turned up to motivate the troops and the blaster fire did seem to get much more accurate.

Eventually, the AT-RT went down, that DLT-19 was especially deadly.

It was not all the Imperials way though, Luke took down the Speeder-bikes in a familiar fashion.

Luke then charged into the Stormtroopers but Darth Vader turned up and ruined his day.

With the clock running down, Darth relentlessly advanced across the table and made short work of the Rebel Z-6 unit, another turn would have seen them done for completely.

At the end of the game, neither side had captured the supplies and both sides were hanging around the entrance to the hab unit, so it was down to units lost. My Rebels had lost Luke and the AT-RT while the Stormtroopers had only lost the Speeder bikes. A minor victory to the Imperials but I will concede that Victorias minor victory was much more emphatic than my minor victory last time.

As we are now enforced "Stay at home" I'm sure we will get a lot more games in.