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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.
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.
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.