I picked up the core set over a year ago and have been painting on and off. I finally finished so I thought I would share the results here. I've never painted minis before but I think I've done ok so I thought I would share here.
I followed Sorastro's guides, because why wouldn't you? And I used similar colours for most figures. Some I have deviated because I'm too tight to buy every colour, especially glazes and shades.
I wanted to include markings on the minis themselves to identify different groups and figures rather than marking the bases as others seem to have done. I also wanted Elite figures to be identifiable vs standard figures where possible. I feel it is more natural that way. Also I chose to rebase the flying figures with clear acrylic for the same reason. If you squint, they almost look like they're flying.
There are many things I would do differently. The main thing I struggle with is keeping things bright and bold. I also tend to shy away from contrast. I think for gaming, I could do with being a bit bolder on that front. Especially given the subdued lighting in my dining room where we play.
But having said all that, I'm really pleased. And I'm looking forward to painting Jabba's Realm that the wife just bought me.
I am pleased with the detail on Diala but I was too cheap to buy the right colour for her skin and it ended up far too dark
One of the later heroes that I painted and I think it shows. I chose a darker skin tone as I pictured him spending lots of time on spec ops missions on desert planets for some reason. I think I got the stubble and glasses down pretty well, though you can't see it very well in the pictures
Somehow I managed to give Garkhaan a stupid Harry and the Hendersons grin. Not sure how I managed that. Apart from that I think he turned out well.
I had fun playing with the mud splashes here and I think it works on the whole. The darker skin tone was tricky though
I was pleased with the tone and brightness of the jacket and I managed to match the card art fairly well. But her face looks stupid and I failed miserably at getting a good shot of her pose
I think I overdid the glow effects from the visor but apart from that he was a fun character to paint
I made the same decision on the skin tone as Fenn (since Luke would have just left a lifetime under the twin Tatooine suns) but I really regret it. It just looks too dark next to the beige tunic. Apart from that I was happy with the shading here
The only ally I picked up for the core set (since he was won in our campaign and I hate playing with tokens). I think I went too dark (although Chewie is darker than you think he would be). I added the mouse droid, made of green stuff, just as a little bonus
I wanted on-figure markings to identify groups and individual figures
These were the first figures I painted and they look awful looking back on them. Contrast is really the big problem. Whites should have been whiter and blacks/greys are too light. I'm happy with the ID stripes though and I enjoyed adding a little battle damage.
I'm happy with the coloured shoulders and although obviously not canon, I think they look pretty good. Again with the contrast though
Red (Elite) Squad
My thinking here is that the Elite units would be like real world spec ops units and be given freedom to customise their kit. So each figure has different markings
Elite unit has red shoulders and different coloured 'buttons' on the powerpack. The whites are a bit better than the stormtroopers
The Elite figure here has black gloves and grey hair (roughly implying age/experience). I differentiated the remaining standard unitsby giving one ginger hair (inspired by Hux) and one dark hair with a five o'clock shadow (which would surely get him court martialed, but I digress). This was a nice figure to paint, no fiddly bits and I think they came out well.
Nice easy figures to paint. One of them came broken off the base out of the box, which prompted me to rebase with acrylic, which I think works really well. The Elite unit gets a red lens, red lights and a slight bronze tint while the remaining standard units have different coloured lights
Nice and easy. These are the only Imperial figures I didn't differentiate as I couldn't find anywhere to place markings that wouldn't ruin the sleek look.
Really pleased with the Nexu. I went with some cheesy gore effects for the Elite, plus red eyes instead of black. Oh, yeah, she's also pouncing. Which looks awesome on the board.
Elites get a bright orange, standards a flat blue. I couldn't be bothered with the camo or Bossk colour schemes that Sorastro goes for but I think this works ok. Individual figures are identified by chevrons on each shoulder
Sooo hard to paint blacks! But I think the lightsaber and glow effects look pretty good
The chin gun arrived broken, so FFG nicely sent me a replacement. And what is one supposed to do with spare parts? Mod, of course. So the Standard build gets a diminished chin gun and a scratch built smaller side cannon.
The Elite build gets the supplied side guns but a beefed up chin gun. It's probably a bit big but hey, it's good fun. I had a lot of fun playing with the weathering. I was trying to keep it subtle but once you start it's very difficult to stop
I really like the elite probe droid, the stripes on the nexus and the use of chevrons.
I'd suggest only one thing: use mat varnish for most parts of almost all of the minis.
What would you say you learnt while painting this whole big set of minis?
I think my bounce flash made the minis look more gloss than they do in real life. But I think you're probably right. Vader's mask is probably a good example. I thought it's gloss so 'ardcoat it. But it looks weird on the mini. And gives highlights where there shouldn't be. Stormtroopers are in the same boat. Carefully chosen highlights and crafted reflections look more in scale than gloss varnish on a 28mm ish mini. Physics probably.
I think my main take away would be to go lighter, brighter and higher contrast. For gaming in dim, booze riddled gaming sessions, subtlety is not highly valued. And in the same vein, probably worrying less about the minor details. Bright, fun, thematic is better than realistic and gritty
Wow. Really nice job!! Unreal. I like the shadowing on the royal guards cloaks.
Really good job!
One thing though, the ATST gun was broken, so they sent you a whole new ATST?!