Monday, 15 January 2018

From PhilH: A Swarm of TIEs (60 Points)

My entry into the 'Flight' bonus round was a collection of Star Wars Rebel fighter squadrons. My first normal Monday entry are their Imperial foes: a swarm of TIE Fighters.

Neeeeeoooow

Twenty four of the blighters, in eight squadrons of three. Not much to day about them, just lots of black panelling on grey, pretty dull to paint so I did the whole lot in one batch. The two bases with red detailing will serve as TIE squadron aces named Howlrunner and "Mauler" Mithel. 




They came out a bit dark from the method I used, particularly the cabin sections: once shaded I just picked out the details like the windscreen, rather than highlighting up the whole cab. But slightly non-canoncial colouration aside, I'm satisfied with how they look en masse.




Hiding in the swarm are two Aggressor Assault Fighters, another of the many ships from the extended SW universe. These were painted pre-challenge.




And lastly, paint still wet as I took a quick photo, six TIE Interceptors.




I leave final judgement on points for these to the esteemed gentleman on Monday Minion duties this year (hi Sid!). My guesstimate would be 2 points per fighter, for a total of 60.

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Nnnnnnneeeeeoooooowwwwww indeed, Phil !  These look terrific, and you're being far too modest!  The black paneling on the grey, with the added scarlet flashes look excellent.  A real swarm which look very much like the movies - all tumbling, turning and cascading through space like a horde of stellar locusts, hungry with intent.

They look great as models, but really come alive with a careful paintbrush and their designated basing.  The TIE Interceptors would be a particular favourite - and sure these guys would be a worthy challenge for even the most hardened rebel pilots.  Surely....?

Great work, Phil - which will most certainly garner you 60 points towards your total.

18 comments:

  1. Great work! Amazing stuff considering how tiny they are!

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    1. Thanks Samuli! The models are well detailed, which makes the brushwork easier

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  2. Really lovely teeny tiny space ships!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you Tamsin, hoping you’re well.

      Neeeeeeeow

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  4. Lovely work on these fighters. Curt's been running a SWA campaign in our group and I think I have established myself as the worst Imperial Fleet Admiral ever- I could lose a gun fight with an asteroid.

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    1. Ahh but there’s still lots of fun in pushing those giant space-wedges around. Clearly more wedges and TIEs is the answer

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  5. Wow, great work on these Phil! I've not set aside the time to get mine painted yet, but your work here really makes me want to get them done. 'Howlrunner' is a complete beast in the game and she needs a special paintjob for sure. Well done!

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    1. *cracks whip* get on it Campbell. You have things all tipsy-turvy, churning out 3D-printed space-wreckage over a little paint on your loyal Squadrons ;-)

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    1. Yeah they came out pretty well I reckon

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  7. I was trying to work out if these were better than the Rebel fighters you did earlier in the challenge, but they are about the same, in fact it's a TIE. 😂

    Thank you Thank you yes I am here all week !

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    1. Haha, very good Ken! Surely you’re here all the way up to 20 March?!

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  8. Not as eye catching as the rebs, but definitely an improvement over the "factory" job! I can almost hear that iconic tie howl! ;)

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  9. I hate painting TIEs- so many little panels! Well done.

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    1. Yeah they’re a bit of a pain - note I skipped the internal panels as not worth the effort at tabletop distance !

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