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  1. That's very nice of you to say, thank you! This forum is an absolute treasure trove of brilliant painters, sculptors, terrain modelers, and just truly wonderful people. I learn something, become inspired by something, and take pure joy in something on these boards every single day! I have some new stuff in the works - but with the FFG hold on new material, I'm pretty well caught up - finally! But I do have this to share: From childhood, standing in line for Star Tours at Disneyland was one of my all-time favorite things to do. I loved that line more than the ride! So when I saw this model, I knew I wanted it to call back to Star Tours. Surely they'd have some overly aggressive security task force, right? 🙂 So I painted this to match the scheme of the newer, orange and blue StarSpeeder 1000 but I kept the old logo up above the cockpit from the 3000. And now - I'm committed to making a unit or two of clones into Star Tours security, just working on the custom decals for their shoulders.
  2. These are absolutely stunning!!! I'm so incredibly flattered to have assisted in any way in their creation. They are magnificent!
  3. Anyone else get notified that FFG shorted the distributors on today's releases? (Phase IIs, B2s, Saber Tank.) My FLGS emailed everyone who had pre-ordered and told them that they only received Tanks, and Asmodee gave them no ETA on when they'll be able to fulfill. WTF is going on with these guys?
  4. You disappoint me... Wow - beautiful job my friend! That's a tough gradient on the saber, and you nailed it - and you've also made me want to go back and up the OSL on his leg because yours looks so perfect. GORGEOUS!
  5. These are beautiful! I'm torn on my color schemes at the moment - because I'm getting the feeling that I'm going to want 4 of these to field a full DLT list. If I break down and buy 4, then they're all going to be painted to match my existing 4 units.
  6. Thank you so much! I think that these particular models are so beautifully sculpted, with so much raised detail, that you can't go wrong with any technique - but here's how I approached them. Zenithal undershade via an airbrush. Unlike most projects, the zenithal highlighting here is not for light and shadow, but to give me the guidelines for the gradient in the next step. Wet blend the base color palette from light on the underside to dark on the top - the exact opposite of the natural light. Lots of lizards share this gradient, so whether it was the green palette or the blue, it made sense. Each palette was 5 colors, so for the blue scheme it ranged from VMC Glacier Blue on the light end, to VGC Magic Blue in the midtone, to VMC Dark Sea Blue on the darkest top end. The undershading from step one shows you exactly where to start each transition Shades - they were both washed liberally with a shade mix that best matched the darkest tone of the respective palette. Athonian Camoshade/Agrax Earthshade for the green dewback, and Drakenhof/Nuln for the blue one. The blue dewback required an extra step to get that golden crown coloring on the top. First, sketch in the pattern with stark white. Then apply a couple of thin white layers over the sketch to cover up the dark blue. This is just laying the foundation for that yellow. Now, Yriel Yellow over the white pattern, and wash with Agrax/Seraphim Sepia. Now, very, very light drybrush with the lightest tone from your palette, using a very soft-bristled brush so that you're not streaking paint across the scales. (ie, For the Blue, Glacier Blue.) You may need to repeat the shade/drybrush process a few times until you get the depth you're happy with in specific areas - but be careful with the shade. It will quickly eliminate your gradient. I then went with the lightest tone (the same color used to drybrush,) and picked out specular highlights on each scale (the ones on the top side of the dewbacks at least,) with a regular old brush. I hope that helps. If not, I'm happy to give you a deeper dive
  7. GENERAL GRIEVOUS This model almost has too many options! And when I first laid all the pieces out, I wanted to try to squeeze everything (Cloak, blaster, all 4 sabers,) into a single build. But it just doesn't work. I'm lucky to have 2 core sets, so I had some options. I went with a Cloaked 2-saber build with the blaster; and a separate 4 saber build without the cloak. No matter how you build him, he's hard to hide on the table!
  8. LFL was contractually obligated to work a Lego brick into their design.
  9. I think it's this - but my model isn't in my hands yet...
  10. Nice work on that Mandashorian armor. The sand can really be trouble for that Beskar. It's course, it's rough, and it gets everywhere....
  11. I love that there's such a vibrant story behind the cracked windshield
  12. This is the stuff. The most irreplaceable bottle in my collection: Vallejo Dark Grey Wash Although, any dark shade product like Nuln Oil or Dark Tone would do the trick. To see this technique in its best light, take a look at the wonderful Vince Venturella, as he walks you through it step by step.
  13. Thank you Andy! As you can see, I'm not very comfortable jumping off of canon. I love Legion for a number of reasons, and very high on that list is making a miniature Star Wars universe. I have other games and painting projects that can be blank canvases, but Star Wars is sacred, and I want everything to look like it's part of that universe. So, when I have to shift and do something purely creative with a Legion unit, I get very nervous. That Dewback wasn't a shift, that was a complete fabrication of reality, (fictional, far far away, or otherwise, ) so I'm really thrilled to hear that it works He's the paint scheme that was intended for the landspeeder, but I didn't have the guts follow through with.
  14. DESTROYER DROIDS I'm still not sure whether I think the rolling alts are worth building or not. It's a nice gesture for FFG to have thoughtfully included them though! That signature color gradient from copper to blue/purple made these perfect candidates for Color-shift paints. Unfortunately, the nature of those paints makes them less than perfect subjects for photography. Green Stuff World's "Nebulae Copper," is the perfect color. And then I found these clear craft ornaments in the clearance bin of Michaels right after Christmas, and they looked like they might fit over a Destroyer Droid.... And they do - although the clear ball makes the Destroyers so big, which is going to have LOS ramifications. Now that I know they will work as shields, I'm going to experiment with some colors. The sphere needs something like that subtle blue energy grid, or else this just looks like a Droideka Ornament, so I'll see if I can airbrush it on.
  15. I went straight ESB canon for all 3 of my Tauntaun units, and I'm happy to talk you through the process First, I assembled the Tauntauns, (sans riders, which were painted separately,) and gave them a standard zenithal undershade prime with an airbrush. Then, it's a matter of repeating the following pattern until you're satisfied with the depth: drybrush the fur with a light grey approaching white; selectively apply grey shade to fur; drybrush the fur; selectively apply shade to fur... (I ended up doing this about 7 or 8 cycles.) For the fleshy parts (the face, inside of the ears, etc.) I checked a lot of references - and the movie models were much more grey than pink. But they're all a mixture of your midtone grey, and fleshtone, so just experiment with what you have. Then shade/highlight the face until you're satisfied with the depth. Nails/claws/horns were all done with a bone base color (Ushabti from GW, Bone White from VGC,) and various levels of Sepia ink shading. Leather - there are a number of leather layers stacked on top of one another, so it's challenging to vary those layers enough to tell them apart - but it's important, because the saddle area can end up looking like an indistinct pile of brown. Riders: The base colors were grey/brown pants; brown leather boots with off-white straps; midtone brown vest; off-white shirts; midtone brown/off-white hats. But I changed up scarfs and details of the uniforms so that I could tell the units apart on the table. I also based them all differently. Hope this helps! Let me know if there's anything else I can do to walk you through it. Have fun! They'll change your Legion life forever
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