Saturday, 2 January 2016

From StefanK - Star Wars Figures for Imperial Assault (40 Points)

Lately a certain Star Wars mania took possession of home and family. Thus it suggested itself to start the Painting Challenge with a couple of Star Wars miniatures namely more playing pieces for Imperial Assault:

Actually very nice figures but somehow not the quality we are used to have from those top-notch 28mm figures by Perr, Front Rank, Foundry, Empress and other suppliers of metal miniatures. Some pieces could be more detailed and some parts are kept rather easy. Nevertheless they represent the figures from the Star Wars universe very well and were fun to paint. This week I prepared three lots of figures for our Wesdnesday night Imperial Assault session:
Firstly three probe droids. Those little bastards are always useful to scout the way for the stormtroopers. Within the game they proved rather handy and dangerous. As for painting I stayed very simple. Just a couple of grey tones over black primer. Really the quick and dirty kind of miniatures. For gaming reasons I kept the bases simple as well. Some light drybrushing and a colour marking to differentiate different squads in game.

Two sets of Imperial Red Guardsmen. In the game they serve in pairs and thus I prepared two with a red and two with blue colour markings. A pretty simple paintjob as well. Black primer, three layers of different red tones and then some darktone Armypainter Quickshade.
Highlight in a special sense was the dark lord of the Sith himself: Darth Vader.

A figure which seemed rather easy to paint but black is always special somehow. Of course I didn't want to turn him too greyish and therefore I chose to hold back with highlighting as much as possible. Only some dark and medium grey drybrushing on the cloak and some more efforts on the body armour. The lightsaber and the control panels of the Vader's suit were nice details and meant a nice diversion. The base is once again kept slate grey with some gentle drybrushing in medium and light grey.

That's it for now and I'll have to focus on the 'Nostalgia' bonus round. But during the next weeks there are a couple of more Imperial Assault figures to paint.

 Ahh, welcome aboard Stefan! It's great to see you among us again this year.

These are excellent. We've been playing this game quite a bit and I've seen many of these figures close up and agree with your assessment. That being said you've done a fantastic job on these icons of the Imperium. I really like the lush red you've given the Guardsmen and Vader's light sabre really has a menacing glow about it.
40 Points for your debut entry - great work Stefan!


  1. Very nice work! Star Wars is always fun!


  2. Very nice first entry Stefan :)

    Black isn't the easiest of colours for highlighting/shading. What you might want to think about is using some gloss varnish on the helmet, mask and control panel to differentiate more from the cloth elements.

    1. Man thanks for the feedback and the hint. Actually I though about that but wasn't sure but you're support confirms me.
      I'll attach the gloss varnish soon.

  3. The Force is strong with this one...

    Great work, Stefan!

  4. Indie wonder how much Star Wars we would see this year. Nice work Stefan, nice to see DV kept dark , I would though agree with Tamsin some satin varnish on the helmet, and the light sabre might add a certain something

    Mind I can never get the Death Star canteen sketch by Eddie Izzard out of my head when i see DV Minatures

  5. Someone has to say it: "The Force is strong with this one!" Great stuff my friend ;-)


  6. Excellent entry. Probe droids are always a favorite of mine...they seem so hapless...

  7. Cracking stuff Stefan. The shading on the red guards is especially good mate.

  8. Fantastic work on these. Every time I see another batch of Imperial Assault figures painted, my willpower slowly degrades... especially with the 7TV Star Wars stats now out too!

  9. Everyone loves Star wars. And these do not disappoint.

  10. Good one Monty, I know you'll enjoy these!

  11. Very nice job on these figures. Just the right amount of highlighting.

  12. Very nice pieces, looking forward to seeing more of them


  13. Fabulous work Monty! Love the guards

  14. Many thanks, chaps.
    During the challenge weeks some mor IA minis should hit my workbench. ;-)

  15. Great work. Love those Imperial Guardsmen.

  16. Great stuff, Stefan! I'm very jealous as Santa and his helpers did not score me a copy of this game....I really want to paint the nexu too!