Thursday, April 28, 2016

Imperial Assault - Rebel Scum

Finally after the simpler gaming pieces for the game master I turned my attention to the figures representing the player characters. At least to those for needed in our local group:
First for Fenn Signis. He's a veteran soldier of the rebel forces and a real professional. He has a gun which is able to fire explosive projectiles and is ready to spoil the day for the Empire. In our campaign he's played by peaceful Mrs Monty:
As all of the characters I tried to have him as close at the artwork as possible. This I gave him a khaki battledress with some brown and blackish pieces of equipment.

Then Diala Passil. Obviously she's some kind of Jedi padavan. With her experience points she can acquire several classic force abilities like the force push and the light saber throw. Unfortunately for her she has to garner that iconic weapon in a special side mission that is not mandatory. It may happen that the players in the campaign don't get the chance to play it or are not able to win it. Both means no lightsaber for Diala...
Nevertheless I wanted to give her weapon an idea of focussed light and energy. Not too easy on a round rod. Thus I decided to chose two perspectives to apply a whitish blue colour scheme on. Unfortunately from a 90° side view the lightsaber is straight blue only. Very difficult was the Twi'lek girls skin since I didn't have much experience with other skin tones the simple Caucasian.

Third Jyn Odan. She's a smuggler and somehow the younger and female incarnation of Han Solo. Jyn is quick with her blaster and very nimble. Hard to catch for those troops loyal to the Emperor:
Actually a straight forward paintjob. Her facial expression was hard to get because a nasty mold line ran over the right part of her face. Aside from that nothing too special with this figure.

Last but not least Mak Eshka'rey who we tend to simply call 'donkey'. Actually this nickname isn't fair since he's anything but a donkey. Mak is a Bothan and some of his congeners gathered greatres, rebellious glory with obtaining the plans for the second Death Star.
Here I stayed again as close to the artwork as I was able to. Thus Mak received a green battlesuit and some blackish equipment. The only variance I applied on purpose are the brown gloves because I realised that gun and gloves of the same colour don't look that interesting.

From my Imperial Assault collection those were the figures I took the most time for. They have wonderful dynamic poses as all of the miniatures from the basic game and even unpainted they show a good bunch of detail. The artworks are represented perfectly and they are full of heroic character.
But unfortunately those details are outworked very, very thin. On the one hand that underlines the high casting quality but on the other hand it doesn't make painting them easy. Even under thin layers of paint tiny details like Diala's bandages nearly vanish. It's not possible to let the paintbrush follow them on it's own. You really have to spot each and every detail and work it out on your own. Additionally the figures come preassembled which makes sense to be able to play the game on the spot. But usually I'd prefer to paint figures like Mak and Fenn that are holding guns in front of their bodies partly before assembling. Especially removing mold line in much easier then which turned to be rather painful with those figures here.

Don't get me wrong I don't want to talk the quality of those figures to death. They are almost perfect board games pieces. But painting them exposed some disadvantages compared to those excellent historic miniatures we are used to. That wouldn't keep me from painting them or any other figures from the Imperial Assault range but I came to the decision to suit my efforts to these parameters. I tried to paint them as nice board gaming pieces as good as I was able to. But I didn't try to bring as much blood, sweat and tears into them as into those 72nd Highlanders for example.

Now there are only two further characters and Luke Skywalker to paint from the basic set. Most probably some few additional miniatures from expansions will join. Most likely a well-known Wookie who served as co-pilot on a certain, rather fast 'hunk of junk'. Anyway those chaps will hit the painting table during the next weeks. Now I'm really keen on finishing the last figures of my current Imperial Assault collection. It'll be a completely new experience for your's truly to finish a project or at least to reach a satisfying intermediate goal with no further unpainted figures...

Monday, April 25, 2016

Imperial Assault - Nexu or Guess who's coming for dinner...

Besides the AT-ST and the E-web guns there are two fierce predators as larges figures in the Imperial Assault basic game. Nexu are feline predatory species native to the planet Cholganna located in a galaxy far far away...
Some of you might have noticed the appearance of one of those cuddly fellows in Episode II - Attack of the Clones. In this second part of the well-known space opera villainous Count Dooku employs a Nexu in the arena of Geonosis to finish off Anakin, Obi-Wan and Padme. Unfortunately his appearance finds a sudden end by the later Sith lord. Poor kitty!
Anyway for Imperial Assault Fantasy Flight Games delivers two of those beasts with the core set to make life difficult for the rebel scum. In our very own campaign they saw action for the first time last Sunday and performed very well. They are rather fast, very nimble and with their leap attack they have the potential to cause some damage on careless heroes...
As usual with the miniatures from Imperial Assault those two pieces of plastic are really nice gaming pieces. Their pose is excellent and full of dynamic, their teeth look anything but herbivorous and those spikes on their back look really intimidating. Actually a perfect incarnation of them. But for us painters preassembled figures are not easy to deal with. The belly of the Nexu is nearly inaccessible as well as the interior of the jaws. Additionally the figure had several obvious molding lines which were very difficult to reach because of the crouched position.
Thus I decided to keep the paintjob rather simple. Therefore I gave the beasts a good, clean white undercoat and a basecoat of Vallejo Game Color 'Khaki'. Then I applied some flesh wash on the tails, black-grey stripes, spikes and claws of the same colour and finally some Armypainter 'Strong tone wash' (water based little bottle). After twa stages of drybrushing most of the figure was done. Only for the face and teeth I took some extra time.
As usual for such gaming pieces I kept the bases simple as well. Since terrain in Imperial Assault is defined by the nicely printed board tiles I didn't want to have the bases stick out too much on the wrong sort of terrain so I just gave them the standard greyish look. One brim is painted red to differentiate both creatures on the gaming board because they'll be represented by different deployment cards with different values and abilities.

So with those pets all imperial and villainous figures are finished. Now the player characters and the Luke Skywalker special miniature are to follow...

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Paint Table Saturday - Highlanders and Zombies

Last week was more or less dedicated to Imperial Assault. Besides two Nexu predators I paintes the four model for the players also known as rebel scum. Those are to be presented during the next days but with the two posts about Imperial Assault and of course the Queen's birthday the blog seemed rather well-filled.

Anyway this weekend I'll try to spend some time with Zombicide figures and the remainig highlanders for my twelve figure unit 72nd Highlanders for NWF.

On Sunday then we'll have another Imperial Assault session with our local group and I'm pretty curious how they'll perform with painted miniatures. Until now the Empire performed better than the rebel scum...

That's it for now, Please don't forget to have a look at the Google+ community dedicated to 'Paint Table Saturday'.

Enjoy the weekend !

Friday, April 22, 2016

Bounty hunters for Imperial Assault

Besides the imperial troops and the rebel scum the Imperial Assault basic game came with a couple of bounty hunters and monsters - namely four Trandoshan bounty hunters and two Nexu. After having finished the imperials I started with the bounty hunters:

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A health onto Her Majesty !

Today her majesty Queen Elizabeth II. is celebrating her 90th birthday. Although I'm not a subject of hers I'm admiring her deeply. For my whole life she has been a political and societal anchor showing greatest sense of duty and commitment. She lead the United Kingdom and the Commenwealth during the tides of more than 60 years and kept her subjects together. Kudos!

Happy Birthday, Ma'am!
God save the Queen!