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With a Rebel Yell... I Painted More, More, More!

Kevin L. Kitchens
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UPDATE: Imperial Assault Minis -- Updated Photos

Cannot believe it was just a week ago I posted about resuming painting my minis for Star Wars: Imperial Assault. To recap, it took two+ years to finally finish painting 13 miniatures (9 stormtroopers, 4 Imperial Guard). Given that pace, I should have completed about 10% of a single figure in the past week.


I completed 10!!! Wowza. Just got on a roll and rediscovered the relaxation that this brings. I think the rut of 9 all white with black detail troops just really killed it. There is a plus to duplicate figures as you can set them all up and start painting all the like sections, etc... But there seems to be a fine line or a sweet spot to the right number. Nine was just too many.

But I'm happy to say (and spraining my shoulder patting myself on the back) that I was able to get all six of the base set heroes painted as well as the Luke/Vader included Ally packs (first two hits are free, am I right FFG?) and of course Han and Chewie couldn't be left out. Fortunately the hard part is done and now the most of a single figure is four, I believe. Four is a good number, because you can paint a section on each in order and by the time you're done with number four, the paint is dry enough on the first for a second coat.

Helped too that Joann was having a sale on the excellent Ceramcoat paints at 2-for-1. Picked up several niche colors for about $0.75 a bottle and while some will turn up their nose, the Ceramcoat paints are perfect for miniature painting on a budget. No need to overspend on boutique paints when you get the same quality for less. Spray primer with Krylon/Rustoleum white and protect when done with a Krylon Satin finish spray.

I've tried other brands for the craft paints, but for my money, Ceramcoat is the way to go. Smooth right out of the bottle, just a few drops of water/floor wax to thin it out (if necessary) and voila! Perfect paint. Finding the good number of color choices completely reduced the mixing hassle I used to have when I needed to repeat a color.

Wash is simply some black india ink mixed with water.

I have no plans of entering professional contests... but just enjoying the time relaxing and being creative with paints. And for a hobbyist, I don't think they are half bad (though the photos are a little rough).

Han & Chewie, Larry & Balky, Kip & Henry... Bosom Buddies to the end.

A little quality father/son time.

And our Heroes.

UPDATE: Imperial Assault Minis -- Updated Photos
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