I have made some of those crates the exact same way! I put a little bead on the top of mine and they haven't ever made it passed the primed stage, but still cool to see the concept somewhere else! I think that they look good. As for their size... some shipping containers are pretty large, so I think it works. And hey, for the cost that it takes to get that many... that close of an approximation for even smaller crates is still awesome!
Erasmas: I've had those crates primed for over a year now. maybe even two. I finally got around to painting them, which is why I'm just noticing their size. The grey primed ones don't look so massive somehow. I did make a smaller one last night, so we'll see how that one looks.
Draklith: I agree that the shape of the rancor isn't fantastic, but we're talking about a toy from a mostly vehicles line. And it came out in the 90's to boot. Like I said, it's not perfect, but it's intimidating as all hell on the table.
Thank You runningwolf. As you probably know, the Imperial Assault is available pretty much everywhere. There's even deals to be had in places. I was just on E-Bay and the Action Fleet Rancor is going for between $20 and $40. Not bad for such a large creature. As for the WOTC metal Star Wars figures, I searched like hell to find those when no one was looking, and I still don't have all of them. Now that Star Wars is big again, it's getting ridiculous.
For those just starting on SW, ToysRUs is having a epic sale on the Star Wars Command miniature line ($10 for 50 SW minis!). They are roughly 54mm so a bit larger, but they will also go well with cheapies like the True Legends Bucket, Pirates Bucket, Galaxy Team Laser, Knights on Amazon Etc. $50 gets you a mountain of minis and a whole word of fun.
runningwolf, which game is it you play, the WOTC RPG, the old West End Games D6 system, of one of the Fantasy Flight games? teazia, I actually took a scale shot of different Star Wars figures for another forum and I stuck one of the Command figures in the back of the line up. Here's that shot...
They won't match anything I'm doing but they're nice figures. I've been picking up a few whenever I see them. I just know if I don't get them now I'll wish I had.
I'll have an update coming in the next couple days.
Thank You Draklith. That's one of the Knight Models Star Wars figures. I only have a few of those, and since they've discontinued that line I don't think I'll be getting many more. The miniatures were ridiculously expensive anyway. Gorgeous, but a bit too pricey for my wallet.
Update time. I'll start out with a little known character from the Imperial Assault box game.
I replaced the Lightsabre blade with brass rod. I do this with most of the Jedi miniatures I paint. This avoids Bendy Weapon Syndrome that is common with most plastic figures.
Next up, an pair of WOTC metal Jedi.
Once again I replaced the blades with brass rod. This is so the blade widths match the ones from the plastic figures.
Then we have a pair of Heroes from the Imperial Assault box, Gaarkhan the Wookie and Mak Eshka-rey the Bothan Saboteur.
The bothan turned out pretty nice. The wookie is suffering from a shiny wash. The dull coat helped some, so I'll be giving him another blast. Darth could use one too.
Then there are the two Nexu figures from the Imperial Assault box. I'm posting photos of them with and without bases.
What do you guys think. Should I use the bases or leave them off? These creatures are the only prequel references in the whole game.
And finally I have a pre-painted model kit of the X-Wing that is just about perfect for a terrain feature in the game.
I did some heavy weathering on this to make it look more Star Wars. I also added some details in the cockpit. Since it's meant to sit on the ground in a hanger setting of landed on a planet you'd expect the canopy to be open pretty often. I also have a shot of the X-Wing with a couple Stormtroopers to show the scale.
That's all I've got for right now. I've completed quite a few of the figures from the box set. Pretty soon I'll be able to start working on the expansion figures as well. I'm trying to figure out what to make for terrain. Death Star corridors are pretty high on the list, but I'm looking for ideas. Let me know what you think.
This isn't an update. Instead I'm showing off some older Star Wars models. These are the old WEG/Grenadier line that came out in the late 80's and early 90's. I'll show off the Imperial first, as I haven't had time to shoot the Rebels and Rogues yet. We'll start with a group shot of all the Imperial...
So here are just the Stormtroopers. There are some Sand Troopers on the rear left, and two Scout Troopers at the rear right. Four converted Clone Troopers are standing at the very back of the group. That's over fifty Stormtroopers in all.
Next is the Imperial Army. These are the regular army troops that are used when elite Stormtroopers are not required. Yes, Stormtroopers are elite. I know the joke is that they can't hit the broad side of a Bantha, but ask those guys one the Tantive IV if they ever laughed in the firefight. Oh wait. You can't because they're all DEAD.
Next are the Imperial Navy troops.
Then we have the Death Star Gunners and my one Imperial Pilot.
A Death Star droid and two Probe Droids. (Not the best painting on those Probe Droids.)
Imperial Officers, including Grand Moff Tarkin.
The Nogrii, and alien life form created for the Heir to the Empire series. These came out really well, I must say.
And the Emperor and his guard.
Some of these are quite old paint jobs, and it shows. I decided not to re-paint them. I can use that time to paint newer miniatures and make terrain. I also want to keep these as a reminder of my painting style from years ago. I may cringe at the paint on the Emperor and his Guard now, but at the time these were some of my best stuff. It's a good idea to keep old artwork. It keeps you humble, and it reminds you how much you've grown.
I think they look great. I remember having some of these in the 90's. They were smaller than 28mm and I found it darn near impossible to get the storm troopers to look right (it seems you did not have this issue). I think you've done a great job painting them.
Now I want to play the old West End Games d6 star wars RPG. Nothing like rolling two handfuls of dice to get your point across.
Thank You lordbryon. I really struggled with the Stormtroopers at first. Eventually I found a way to paint them that took half of forever, but looks good. When I started painting the Imperial Assault stuff I used a method from YouTuber Sorastro's Painting. It's a lot easier, but still takes a while to do. I think it's impossible to paint Stormtroopers without going through some pain. Oh, and the D6 Star Wars game is one of my two favorite RPGs ever. Who doesn't love a game that you can teach to a complete newbie in minutes, and they'll remember the rules forever. Once the Wild Die rule was added I think it became the perfect RPG system.
Thank You DungeonMasterRandom. I love the Nogrii too. I waited a long time to paint these guys, just because I wanted to take my time with them.
I'll be posting some more old WEG figures in the next couple days.
More WEG Star Wars figures. This time the focus will be Rebels. The first shot is of all my Rebel Troopers. The Wolfman in the front is actually a patron of the Cantina, but I figured the rebellion wouldn't have the same hang-ups about aliens in their ranks as the Empire does.
Next is Admiral Ackbar with a Mon Cal assistant, and Princess Leia with an Endor trooper.
Han, Chewie and Leia, all in their original costumes.
"Look Sir, Droids." C-3PO and R2-D2, another Protocal Droid and another Astromech Droid.
And to finish off, some Imperial vehicles. This AT-AT is an old AMT kit that is long out of production. Some folks say it's too small, but I think it's perfect for use on the tabletop. Some Stormtroopers at it's feet for scale.
And three AT-STs. These are the old Fleet Action toys that came out back when the prequels were big. Once again, some say these are too small. I disagree.
The last shots I'll leave you with is the AT-AT and AT-STs together so you can see how well they match up.
Hope you enjoy these. I have one more figure done for Imperial Assault, but I'll post that when I have something ready to go along with it.
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT