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    Elrath' got a reaction from 3dwarman in Elrath paints LOTR   
    Second cave troll painted. I wanted to use a more movie color scheme with this one but it turned out too ash colored. Also, I limited myself to just Army Painter paints with this one, except the base and washes. Mostly to just test them. Can't say I'm a fan but no Vallejo in stores here and Army Painter is a lot cheaper than Citadel. Plus it comes in dropper bottles.


    But in general I think it's nice that each troll looks unique but still have a similar theme going with colors and all. So, I'm happy with these.

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    Elrath' got a reaction from wintermoonwolf in Sorastro's Painting   
    Finally got to painting LOTR. So far I've painted the ruffians, orcs and goblins and now the wargs and wights. The wights were the most surprising to paint since I for some reason loathed painting them somehow convinced that they'll be so difficult. They turned out to be great fun although I found myself struggling a bit with the lighting effect. I didn't have access to those fluorescent paints so I initially went with dilluted Citadel glazes. Since I wasn't really happy with the results I got with them, I finally painted one figure (the middle one) with Citadel's Temple Guard Blue (heavily dilluted with Lahmian Medium), mixed in some white and kept adding layers. Turned out perhaps the best of them. Oh, a sidenote, with the red warg, I tried Citadel's new Contrast paint with the darker red fur. It works on this kind of figurine but I'm a bit skeptical on how I can apply it elsewhere.

     

    I love your LOTR painting tutorials, Sorastro. They have a different approach to the Imperial Assault or Descent videos yet I feel they're also a very good starting point for anyone who's starting painting.
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    Elrath' reacted to Crowmaster in Yet another painting topic   
    Hello, as im huge fan of this game i wanted to share some of my work :). I realy like these minis, very fun to paint. Cant wait for next expansion as i have painted everything for now



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    Elrath' reacted to wernerkellens in Werner’s painting   
    Gandalf The Grey

    For more pics: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGwZ0QTH0lh/
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    Elrath' got a reaction from Aaron0013 in Elrath paints LOTR   
    Second cave troll painted. I wanted to use a more movie color scheme with this one but it turned out too ash colored. Also, I limited myself to just Army Painter paints with this one, except the base and washes. Mostly to just test them. Can't say I'm a fan but no Vallejo in stores here and Army Painter is a lot cheaper than Citadel. Plus it comes in dropper bottles.


    But in general I think it's nice that each troll looks unique but still have a similar theme going with colors and all. So, I'm happy with these.

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    Elrath' reacted to Qraith in My 2 brushstrokes...painting Lord of the Rings (added some heroes)   
    Finished Elena. Not really happy with the face unfortunately but sometimes it just doesn’t work out

     

     

     
    And one shot from all of them

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    Elrath' got a reaction from Watercolour Dragon in Elrath paints LOTR   
    Second cave troll painted. I wanted to use a more movie color scheme with this one but it turned out too ash colored. Also, I limited myself to just Army Painter paints with this one, except the base and washes. Mostly to just test them. Can't say I'm a fan but no Vallejo in stores here and Army Painter is a lot cheaper than Citadel. Plus it comes in dropper bottles.


    But in general I think it's nice that each troll looks unique but still have a similar theme going with colors and all. So, I'm happy with these.

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    Elrath' got a reaction from Watercolour Dragon in Elrath paints LOTR   
    Finally managed to get another figure done. Been so busy lately. Here's one of the cave trolls:


    This one I went with mostly the same color scheme as the hill troll. For the second cave troll, I think I'm going to try more monochrome gray and darker leather and maybe try to get the bone club to have more contrast. I think that's going to be an interesting challenge. I think I could have painted few areas a bit better but overall I'm really happy with how this figure turned out.
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    Elrath' got a reaction from Watercolour Dragon in Elrath paints LOTR   
    Yeah, another painting thread. Why not?
    I've painted LOTR figures mostly based on Sorastro's LOTR tutorials although I don't have the specific paints and I've painted with whatever I happen to have. Which is mostly Citadel and some Army Painter. With the Shadowed Paths, I've done the whole process myself. This is the first hero (of the expansion)  I painted: Eleanor.


    I'm fairly happy with it. The blade didn't turn out so good. It looks good from a normal gaming distance but up close...eugh. Should have probably gone with the more traditional steel look. The contrast thing didn't end up look good. Another thing is the face where I had some trouble because my Cadian Fleshtone is drying up. I'm honestly surprised it has stayed good this long since the paint is from 2016. But it left a small mark on her cheek that altered the texture and made subsequent layers act weird.
    I also speedpainted the Nameless things. I'm not a huge fan of these figures or the monster itself so I decided to just wetblend some colors. I had this vision of dark creatures with color highlight to make them easily identifiable. Should have probably painted in graytone and used washes to tint them. But I went with three different gradients. Still, it probably took longer for the paint to try than to actually paint these and they look good enough. The rocks I wetblended as well. Army Painter's Necromancer Cloak, then Citadel's Dawnstone and Dawnstone + Screaming Skull. Just a mesh of these, rough drybrush with Longbeard Grey and Nuln Oil wash on top.


    I'm moving on to the cave trolls or the ghosts/wraiths. Those would be a good candidates to try some ghosts effects like ethereal green.
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    Elrath' got a reaction from Birdman137 in Elrath paints LOTR   
    Second cave troll painted. I wanted to use a more movie color scheme with this one but it turned out too ash colored. Also, I limited myself to just Army Painter paints with this one, except the base and washes. Mostly to just test them. Can't say I'm a fan but no Vallejo in stores here and Army Painter is a lot cheaper than Citadel. Plus it comes in dropper bottles.


    But in general I think it's nice that each troll looks unique but still have a similar theme going with colors and all. So, I'm happy with these.

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    Elrath' got a reaction from doubletapdaddy in Elrath paints LOTR   
    Second cave troll painted. I wanted to use a more movie color scheme with this one but it turned out too ash colored. Also, I limited myself to just Army Painter paints with this one, except the base and washes. Mostly to just test them. Can't say I'm a fan but no Vallejo in stores here and Army Painter is a lot cheaper than Citadel. Plus it comes in dropper bottles.


    But in general I think it's nice that each troll looks unique but still have a similar theme going with colors and all. So, I'm happy with these.

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    Elrath' got a reaction from Kunitzu San in Elrath paints LOTR   
    Yeah, another painting thread. Why not?
    I've painted LOTR figures mostly based on Sorastro's LOTR tutorials although I don't have the specific paints and I've painted with whatever I happen to have. Which is mostly Citadel and some Army Painter. With the Shadowed Paths, I've done the whole process myself. This is the first hero (of the expansion)  I painted: Eleanor.


    I'm fairly happy with it. The blade didn't turn out so good. It looks good from a normal gaming distance but up close...eugh. Should have probably gone with the more traditional steel look. The contrast thing didn't end up look good. Another thing is the face where I had some trouble because my Cadian Fleshtone is drying up. I'm honestly surprised it has stayed good this long since the paint is from 2016. But it left a small mark on her cheek that altered the texture and made subsequent layers act weird.
    I also speedpainted the Nameless things. I'm not a huge fan of these figures or the monster itself so I decided to just wetblend some colors. I had this vision of dark creatures with color highlight to make them easily identifiable. Should have probably painted in graytone and used washes to tint them. But I went with three different gradients. Still, it probably took longer for the paint to try than to actually paint these and they look good enough. The rocks I wetblended as well. Army Painter's Necromancer Cloak, then Citadel's Dawnstone and Dawnstone + Screaming Skull. Just a mesh of these, rough drybrush with Longbeard Grey and Nuln Oil wash on top.


    I'm moving on to the cave trolls or the ghosts/wraiths. Those would be a good candidates to try some ghosts effects like ethereal green.
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    Elrath' got a reaction from Birdman137 in Elrath paints LOTR   
    Finally managed to get another figure done. Been so busy lately. Here's one of the cave trolls:


    This one I went with mostly the same color scheme as the hill troll. For the second cave troll, I think I'm going to try more monochrome gray and darker leather and maybe try to get the bone club to have more contrast. I think that's going to be an interesting challenge. I think I could have painted few areas a bit better but overall I'm really happy with how this figure turned out.
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    Elrath' reacted to Qraith in My 2 brushstrokes...painting Lord of the Rings (added some heroes)   
    I just realized that I haven't uploaded anything on here for a while.

    So I have been working on the heroes of the core set and I built a custom base for every one of them. Please enjoy












     
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    Elrath' reacted to Qraith in My 2 brushstrokes...painting Lord of the Rings (added some heroes)   
    The Wights are done. Now on to the Troll


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    Elrath' got a reaction from woodland_elf_504 in Elrath paints LOTR   
    Yeah, another painting thread. Why not?
    I've painted LOTR figures mostly based on Sorastro's LOTR tutorials although I don't have the specific paints and I've painted with whatever I happen to have. Which is mostly Citadel and some Army Painter. With the Shadowed Paths, I've done the whole process myself. This is the first hero (of the expansion)  I painted: Eleanor.


    I'm fairly happy with it. The blade didn't turn out so good. It looks good from a normal gaming distance but up close...eugh. Should have probably gone with the more traditional steel look. The contrast thing didn't end up look good. Another thing is the face where I had some trouble because my Cadian Fleshtone is drying up. I'm honestly surprised it has stayed good this long since the paint is from 2016. But it left a small mark on her cheek that altered the texture and made subsequent layers act weird.
    I also speedpainted the Nameless things. I'm not a huge fan of these figures or the monster itself so I decided to just wetblend some colors. I had this vision of dark creatures with color highlight to make them easily identifiable. Should have probably painted in graytone and used washes to tint them. But I went with three different gradients. Still, it probably took longer for the paint to try than to actually paint these and they look good enough. The rocks I wetblended as well. Army Painter's Necromancer Cloak, then Citadel's Dawnstone and Dawnstone + Screaming Skull. Just a mesh of these, rough drybrush with Longbeard Grey and Nuln Oil wash on top.


    I'm moving on to the cave trolls or the ghosts/wraiths. Those would be a good candidates to try some ghosts effects like ethereal green.
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    Elrath' got a reaction from TwiceBorn in Elrath paints LOTR   
    Yeah, another painting thread. Why not?
    I've painted LOTR figures mostly based on Sorastro's LOTR tutorials although I don't have the specific paints and I've painted with whatever I happen to have. Which is mostly Citadel and some Army Painter. With the Shadowed Paths, I've done the whole process myself. This is the first hero (of the expansion)  I painted: Eleanor.


    I'm fairly happy with it. The blade didn't turn out so good. It looks good from a normal gaming distance but up close...eugh. Should have probably gone with the more traditional steel look. The contrast thing didn't end up look good. Another thing is the face where I had some trouble because my Cadian Fleshtone is drying up. I'm honestly surprised it has stayed good this long since the paint is from 2016. But it left a small mark on her cheek that altered the texture and made subsequent layers act weird.
    I also speedpainted the Nameless things. I'm not a huge fan of these figures or the monster itself so I decided to just wetblend some colors. I had this vision of dark creatures with color highlight to make them easily identifiable. Should have probably painted in graytone and used washes to tint them. But I went with three different gradients. Still, it probably took longer for the paint to try than to actually paint these and they look good enough. The rocks I wetblended as well. Army Painter's Necromancer Cloak, then Citadel's Dawnstone and Dawnstone + Screaming Skull. Just a mesh of these, rough drybrush with Longbeard Grey and Nuln Oil wash on top.


    I'm moving on to the cave trolls or the ghosts/wraiths. Those would be a good candidates to try some ghosts effects like ethereal green.
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    Elrath' got a reaction from Birdman137 in Elrath paints LOTR   
    Yeah, another painting thread. Why not?
    I've painted LOTR figures mostly based on Sorastro's LOTR tutorials although I don't have the specific paints and I've painted with whatever I happen to have. Which is mostly Citadel and some Army Painter. With the Shadowed Paths, I've done the whole process myself. This is the first hero (of the expansion)  I painted: Eleanor.


    I'm fairly happy with it. The blade didn't turn out so good. It looks good from a normal gaming distance but up close...eugh. Should have probably gone with the more traditional steel look. The contrast thing didn't end up look good. Another thing is the face where I had some trouble because my Cadian Fleshtone is drying up. I'm honestly surprised it has stayed good this long since the paint is from 2016. But it left a small mark on her cheek that altered the texture and made subsequent layers act weird.
    I also speedpainted the Nameless things. I'm not a huge fan of these figures or the monster itself so I decided to just wetblend some colors. I had this vision of dark creatures with color highlight to make them easily identifiable. Should have probably painted in graytone and used washes to tint them. But I went with three different gradients. Still, it probably took longer for the paint to try than to actually paint these and they look good enough. The rocks I wetblended as well. Army Painter's Necromancer Cloak, then Citadel's Dawnstone and Dawnstone + Screaming Skull. Just a mesh of these, rough drybrush with Longbeard Grey and Nuln Oil wash on top.


    I'm moving on to the cave trolls or the ghosts/wraiths. Those would be a good candidates to try some ghosts effects like ethereal green.
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    Elrath' reacted to doubletapdaddy in Elrath paints LOTR   
    Lookin' good! 😎
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    Elrath' got a reaction from doubletapdaddy in Elrath paints LOTR   
    Yeah, another painting thread. Why not?
    I've painted LOTR figures mostly based on Sorastro's LOTR tutorials although I don't have the specific paints and I've painted with whatever I happen to have. Which is mostly Citadel and some Army Painter. With the Shadowed Paths, I've done the whole process myself. This is the first hero (of the expansion)  I painted: Eleanor.


    I'm fairly happy with it. The blade didn't turn out so good. It looks good from a normal gaming distance but up close...eugh. Should have probably gone with the more traditional steel look. The contrast thing didn't end up look good. Another thing is the face where I had some trouble because my Cadian Fleshtone is drying up. I'm honestly surprised it has stayed good this long since the paint is from 2016. But it left a small mark on her cheek that altered the texture and made subsequent layers act weird.
    I also speedpainted the Nameless things. I'm not a huge fan of these figures or the monster itself so I decided to just wetblend some colors. I had this vision of dark creatures with color highlight to make them easily identifiable. Should have probably painted in graytone and used washes to tint them. But I went with three different gradients. Still, it probably took longer for the paint to try than to actually paint these and they look good enough. The rocks I wetblended as well. Army Painter's Necromancer Cloak, then Citadel's Dawnstone and Dawnstone + Screaming Skull. Just a mesh of these, rough drybrush with Longbeard Grey and Nuln Oil wash on top.


    I'm moving on to the cave trolls or the ghosts/wraiths. Those would be a good candidates to try some ghosts effects like ethereal green.
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    Elrath' reacted to Birdman137 in After Shadowed Paths, which characters would you like to see next?   
    I'll agree, I'd like to see more generic, or maybe fringe Tolkien characters that were named but we don't know much about.  I think a decendant of Bullroarer Took would be a fun Hobbit to play and could conceivably use two hands.  I'd also like to see some Rohirrim and other lesser known Elves.
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    Elrath' got a reaction from TwiceBorn in Mass painting figures   
    Spiders are done and they turned out ok given the effort. Zenithal highlithing with spray as in my first post, then drybrushing with white and then a thin layer of dark gray on top of that (Army Painter's Hardened Carapace). Then different colored washes (Fuegan Orange+Nuln Oil+Lahmian Medium for two, Coelia Greenshade+Nuln Oil+ Lahmian Medium for two and Druchii Violet + Nuln Oil + Lahmian Medium for two). From these the orange wash makes the most difference while the other two just give a slight hue. Oh and after varnishing I added some glossy varnish to the eyes.
    I also painted the big spider using more time on that. Same base method and then I made a gradient from light yellow to Stegadon Scale Green to black. And then basically rough wet blending with the lightest colors on top. Then just Coelia Greenshade+ Nuln Oil + Lahmian medium wash on top, wait for it to dry and another layer except for the topmost part. Again, this was pretty fast. The spider could be darker I think but it certainly looks interesting.


    Also, my camera sucks. These shots look so dark even though there was literally a bright white LED right on top of the bugs. EDIT: Or I could check that the camera is in the right mode before taking the photos. Reshot the photos and it looks a bit better.
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    Elrath' reacted to Fourtytwo in Fourtytwo brings a brush and colours to Imperial Assault   
    Thanks for your patience - I was swamped at work the past few weeks and just didn't have the time to do a write-up which goes a bit bit beyond the superficial, but at last, I got around to it.
    English is not my native language (I'm german), so if you read anything below which can be phrased better, just give me a holler - I'll gladly welcome corrections.
    So, here we go...
     

    General tips for painting miniatures
    Do not undercoat your figure solid black. A black undercoat will give you a hard time applying light and bright colours. It also makes it harder to distinguish sculpted details from each other and see where one element ends and another begins. Instead, Iprefer to give my figures some pre-shading by undercoating black, and then slightly spraying on some lighter gray in a 45° from above, thereby creating zenital highlights all over the mini. This gives a median mid-grey undercoat with upturned areas and raised details being the lightest and downturned areas and recesses being darker than the median grey tone.
    Always thin your paints before applying them to the figure. Thinned paints result in smoother surfaces, preserve small sculpted details and take advantage of the pre-shading you created when undercoating your figure. They are also easier to control with you brush - the trick is not to overload your brush with liquid. Also, only with thinned paints you are able to paint lines and detail which are thinner than a hair.
    Paint with the tip of your brush. When you use thinned paints, you can apply colour with just the barest touch of the tip of your brush. Again, this greatly increases you control over where colour ends up on the figure and is key to achieving neat and fine results. If you make a mistake, simply correct it by counter-painting your mistake with the neighbouring colour. Correcting mistakes is a huge part of the endeavour to create neat and pleasing results.
    There are many great YouTubers out there if you look for content helping you to improve your painting. Aside from Sorastro's Painting I greatly recommend you to check out Vince Venturella's extensive and ongoing Hobby Cheating-series - it's great not only for picking up new ideas and techniques, but also for improving your very mindset when it comes to painting miniatures. it's great stuff!
     
    Using Han Solo as an example, here is a detailed breakdown on how I go about painting faces. It's my approach, and it isn't the be-all end-all. When it comes to painting miniatures, you need to experiment and find what works best for you, and if you keep at it, you will naturally become better at what you do and even create your own style.
    I always start with applying a base colour, which always is my mid-tone for the intented result. You do not need to be neat at htis stage as you can correct mistakes later when you apply the base colours of neighbouring areas. Your aim should be a smooth and even application of the base colour.

     
    Next, I create shadows in the recesses. The most commonly used method is to apply some dark wash over the whole area you painted with the base colour before. I rarely do this any more, and if I do, then only on dark base colours. Applying a wash over a whole area often results in raised areas requiring some tidying-up by applying the base colour once again after applying the wash, this time leaving out the recesses and areas which should remain darker. This is both time-consuming and tedious. So, I only apply the wash to the recesses, corners and downturned areas which are in shadow. That way I can perfectly control where my wash goes and save both on time and effort. If need be, you can still go back and correct some mistakes by painting over them with the base colour.
    With faces, I make sure to take some of the wash-colour into the tip of a brush with a very fine tip and then accurately apply the wash to the eyes, below the nose, between the lips, under the lower lip, under the cheek bones and to the sides of the bridge of the nose. The little spot right under the nose and between the eyebrows and each eye should be the darkest. The same goes for the area between the chin and the neck. The other shadows should be a bit lighter.

     
    For the white of the eyes I thin white paint to a consistency akin to milk. I take a little bit of it into a mid-sized brush with a very fine tip, and then lightly touch the tip of the brush to the recesses of the eyes. The capillary-effect will perfectly fill the sculpted eyes with the white and sharply define their shape. You might want to repeat this once or twice, depending on how light you want the white of the eyes to be. Then I thin a dark colour for the pupils and again use a mid-sized brush with a very fine tip to lightly dot-on the pupils. I use a mid sized brush because I do not want the colour to quickly dry on the bristles, which will happen with a smaller brush.

     
    As for the pupils - lightly dot them onto or into the white. If you have trouble getting them both into the centre, paint them more into the right or left corner of the eyes and make your figure look to the side. With that done, I paint a very fine dark curve along the upper edge of the eyes which represents the shadow of the upper eye lid and the eyelashes. In the case of female figures, I usually pronounce these a little bit more. Do the same with the edge of the lower lid, just even more fine and with a lighter colour then the one we painted the edge of the upper eye lid.

     
    With the eyes done, I usually turn to the eyebrows. These are often left out with many figures, but I strongly suggest to paint these, because they can give the faces of your figures a lot of expression. Make sure to paint them in a very fine dark curve. Take a look at comic book characters with their often slightly exaggerated eyebrows for shapes, positioning, and how both help create different expressions and moods.
    Painting lips often proves to be another challenge, especially with female figures. Usually, the lips of female figures should be a bit darker than those of male figures and a bit more pronounced - but just a bit, because it's easy to quickly go overboard and thereby creating a look that is unnatural and comical. As a rule of thump, the lower lips should be a tiny bit more voluminous and lighter than the upper lip. Never paint over the edge of the sculpted lips, and make sure both the upper and lower lip are sharply defined. If you feel inspired, you can play a bit with the shape of the mouth, especially by playing twith the corners of the mouth. Again - look at comic book-characters for inspiration and how personality, attitude and mood can be created by different shapes of the mouth and lips.
    The last thing I paint with faces are the highlights. You can layer them on wth some gradient towards the brightest highlights, which should be applied to the nose and the upper brow just below the hairline. The medium highlights should be placed on the upper parts of the cheeks, the edge of the upper lip, the lower third of the chin and the upper edge of the ears. Note that the position of highlights can actually change the shape of the face. A sharp bright highlight placed on the tip of the nose creates a pointy fine nose, while the same highlight placed on the upper third of the nose creates the look of a hooknose. Likewise, you can create different types of chin, jawline or cheekbones throught the intensity, shape, volume and placement of highlights. By the way - the same goes for shadows, just to a lesser extend.

     
    I've been drawing and painting faces since I was a kid, and I also have a keen interest in visual character design since then. I always recomment to study faces in various artistic mediums - painting, comic books, animated shows like Clone Wars and REBELS for example, or whatever strikes your fancy - and try to apply what you learn to your miniatures. Talent is no factor at all on the long run, but a lot of practice and experimentation.
     
    Here's my finished Han Solo:

     
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    Elrath' reacted to Fourtytwo in Fourtytwo brings a brush and colours to Imperial Assault   
    Some creative space opened lately to insert the precursors of Palpatine's secret forces as a secret project during the Galctic Civil War...
    So, I made a first variant of Sith Troopers for the era of Imperial Assault. I didn't simply want to paint stormtroopers red, and I also don't like the sculpts of the regular stormtroopers in IA. I took two spare Jet Troopers and two spare Riot Troopers and used parts and bits of parts of both to create Stormtroopers with blasters. Next, I used GreenStuff to modify their helmets to have some design elements which clearly nod towards the stormtrooper armour design decades later in the First Order, and also modified their blasters:

     
    I also started painting both - heres a work-in-progress:

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    Elrath' reacted to Fourtytwo in Fourtytwo brings a brush and colours to Imperial Assault   
    Painting Yoda finished I have. Stay healthy you all must.


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