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  1. For me, the scheme on this sculpt from Sideshow has been the template for the Tauntauns:
  2. This looks fantastic! I tried it on a commando team just for fun - and it was absolutely horrible. I'm sure it was just fighting against the zenithal undershading. Thanks for this! I might not throw it away now
  3. That Apothecary White just isn't white. At all. For me, the easiest and most efficient method of painting huge batches of dudes in white armor is to zenithal, starting with a mid-grey and cutting out the black step, and then going pretty heavy on the white pass. Go back and hit the black spots and highlight here and there - and you've got your shading done.
  4. May I recommend the pinned thread at the top of this forum which is curated by the wonderful Sorastro. He's, in my opinion, the official FFG paint guide. He has a myriad of excellent Legion painting viseos, as well as dozens of other videos for Imperial Assault, whose techniques and paint/color choices are easily ported over to Legion. And via his website and his Patreon page, you can access PDF guides to most of the units that didn't receive the full video treatments. Check out his B1 Battle Droid tutorial to get a feeling for his style with the Clone Wars.
  5. It's all done with a cheap light box from Amazon and a free, upgraded camera app for your phone. Here are the appropriate links, and then if you're interested, I'll follow up with a pretty thorough explanation of how I got it all to work with no skills whatsoever Small LightboxLarge Lightbox Like just about any skill I'm completely devoid of, I turn to Vince Venturella for advice. (I'll link his video tutorial at the end.) He provides a fairly replicable instruction set for getting decent quality photos out of your smartphone. You have to install a separate camera app though, because your default just doesn't have the manual controls you need. You need to be able to adjust the ISO, shutter speed, and the white balance specifically. I tried about 10 camera apps, and ended up with one called Open Camera. I'm on Android, so I don't know if it's an IOS app, but there are plenty to mess around with.You also need a box. I read a ton of tutorials on how to build it, but that was before I realized you can buy one on Amazon for $10. So I stopped trying to build it.They're great - but - the LED lights are so bright that it's like trying to take a good picture in an operating room. And that $10 one is particularly small, so its depth of field is only practical for minis. (I ended up buying a bigger one.) It takes some fiddling to get the light presentable: unplug one of the light strips, plug another back in, stuff a T-shirt underneath another, etc. And then you couple the mechanical experimentation with all of these new adjustable features on the phone camera, and you've got yourself a day of experimenting on your hands. This is what I did. I took one mini, fiddled with the actual lights until a plain old snapshot with the default phone camera didn't look completely washed out with light. Then, I systematically took pictures of the same mini with the new camera app, adjusting one parameter, one value at a time. You will get to a point where you find the magic number on ISO (which is very, very low,) and then you bring the exposure into the Venn Diagram, and once those two are kind of set, you can freely mess with the white balance. White balance adjustment and exposure are both visible in your camera's screen - so it's way easier to get those dialed in.I tried to use the app's manual focus features, to get things like macro to work, but for some reason, those options end up keeping my camera's shutter open for like 3 minutes, so I ended up just defaulting to autofocus. So I don't have great control over which portions of the image are blurred, but it's acceptable. Aside from being small, the other "bad" thing about the boxes, is that they come with plain colored backdrops - which lures you into a false sense of security. Neither box that I own has ideal backdrop options, the small one is too clothy, and has these textile properties that are easily seen in the image: The bigger box comes with thin colored plastic sheets, but they are far too reflective at the horizon line. That's why I get this white glow right behind the mini: I know this seems like a lot - but it's seriously just a $10 purchase on Amazon, a free phone app, and an hour of real experimenting - and the difference in the finished product is remarkable. It's hacky, and I'm sure any real photographer is cringing at my mangling of their art, but it works, so give it a try! What I can't do yet, is photograph things with anything close to the same level of quality when they're outside the box. Those gorgeous images that Sorastro posts of the units on the board, in all of their turn 0 glory require some different kind of lighting setup. Here's the Vince Venturella video - he does a great job of explaining what's going on:
  6. SHORETROOPERS These guys are so much fun to paint. Stormtroopers that don't require stark white, and who have built-in colored markings. This is the perfect Legion unit! I'm always trying to figure out how to differentiate multiple copies of the same unit on the table, so these stripes and shoulder colors are a godsend. For the second unit, I tweaked the red/blue scheme to a more tropical aqua/orange one, and they really feel like the logical variant. They don't look starkly out of place, but you can tell them apart from the primary unit at a glance. If they weren't so expensive in the game, I'd love to field a whole list where all of the troopers were shores. Just to paint 6 different schemes :)
  7. And thanks to the points adjustments, I can break these guys back out! This is the alt sculpt from the expansion pack. There's almost nothing different about him when compared to the core bikes, except one of the two sculpts has his arms arranged as if he's turning left. So, I had to finagle the mount with green stuff to emphasize the left bank. I figured if you have an alt sculpt, you might as well be able to tell it's different at a glance.
  8. SCOUT TROOPERS By the time you get to the third set of sniper strike teams, you run out of ideas for distinguishable paint schemes. I'm not a big fan of painting the bases different colors for identification, so I paint every unit with a slightly different scheme. This one's totally different. I found some images from a comic that had these camo scouts, so I threw together a few different varieties. And now with the points adjustments, I don't need 3 sniper teams...
  9. First of all, thank you - those are blush-worthy compliments, and I sincerely appreciate the encouragement. The thing that's so obnoxious about the Bunker, is that it's the one model that every 3D printshop started with. I've seen a hundred different Endor bunkers, and they're all readily available as $5 STL files, or $20 printed pieces. I can get an MDF one for $10 - so there's absolutely 0 urgency to buy FFG's. Particularly, (as you mentioned,) when it costs as much as a core set from an OLGS - and those of us who are venturing into the Clone Wars era already have 2 new core sets to buy :) Here's how ridiculous it is: I could buy an stl file, print it, make a rough latex mold of the bunker, then purchase a core set from Amazon for $64, MELT the core set minis down, pour them into the molds, and make 2 Bunkers for the same price. And, I'd have some dice :) That would be a fun photo thread to follow!
  10. If you want to take the plunge, you can order it from the Disney Store Online here. It's way too expensive for a toy playset, but...compared to a $75 bunker, this seems like a steal for a piece of Legion terrain :) It's so much fun to paint, since it's all just corroded with rust, and dripping dirt and grime everywhere!
  11. I'm just about finished with this Sandcrawler. Again, for scale, that's the FD Cannon underneath, with clearance. It makes a great LOS blocker with some interesting ramifications: it's taller than range 1, so only the jetpacks can jump up; You can shoot clearly through the central passage in the hull, but it's so wide that you've got a very acute angle to the other side; The tread housings are all LOS blocking, but you can easily pop around the corner. All in all, it covers a ton of real estate, provides a lot of interesting tactical angles, and seriously enhances the immersion on your Tatooine table. Still needs some more weathering. Until you look at some production stills, you don't realize how much crap they slopped all over this model in the film!
  12. I found this strangely scaled playset at Disneyland. It's a Sandcrawler that comes with a Jawa figure that's about as big as a full-size Black Series figure. So at a glance, he makes the Sandcrawler look way too small. But once I got up on it, I could see that this would probably work for Legion scale! It's painted horribly out of the box, its wheels roll all around the table, and it has all kinds of lights and sounds, but with some love - this thing will end up being a fantastic piece of terrain. That's Krennic standing underneath the hull, for scale. Pretty close to being the right size!
  13. OuterPop

    Legion 42

    Having just spent days trying to get the paint scheme on her helmet right, I can honestly say that your treatment of the headgear is an absolute masterpiece. The details are so exquisite on such an incredibly small canvas that it borders on being superhuman. I could hang this photo in a gallery, and stare at it for hours. Thank you for posting this, it is pure perfection.
  14. Yes A Death Star made out of TaunTauns is now something I'm going to have to work on.
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