Star Wars: Imperial Assault – Painting Wave 2

Posted: October 26, 2015 in Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Gaming, Painting

Wave 2 of Star Wars – Imperial Assault dropped recently, so here’s a quick and dirty guide to getting your minis looking good with a minimum of fuss.

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R2-D2 is a little bit fiddly, but he only has a limited colour palette, so it’s hard to go too wrong.  Base with a white undercoat, and then treat to a good coating of Nuln Oil.  This’ll get him grimy and dirty in all the gaps, corners and crevices.  Then, dry brush with white, so that the surface areas look “clean” again, while still retaining the dirt and grime of the Nuln Oil in all the cracks and crevices.  Paint the dome in a light silver/grey, and add the blue detailing, referring to the films or production/promotional photos as a guide.  Finally, a small amount of ‘Ardcoat on the lens.


Threepio may look complex, but he’s very easy to do.  For the base colours, undercoat white, then paint the majority of the body gold (choosing the right sort of gold is important – I went for Citadel Auric Armour Gold), his waist/exposed components with Mechanicus Grey, and his right leg in a light grey/silver.  Give a light wash of Nuln Oil, and pick out the details of the eyes and waist components.

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Stormtroopers are exceptionally hard to paint and to get looking exactly right, so I’ll be doing a more detailed tutorial on this very soon.  For now, colour all the gaps in the armour Mechanicus Grey, then Nuln Oil, then drybrush back to white – exactly the same as you did with R2-D2.  Highlight all the detailing on the armour – expecially the helmet – in black, as well as the gun and the edge of the shoulder pauldron.  Drybrush with a metalic silver to bring out the highlights.  Then, add the orange to the Pauldron.

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Boba Fett is in a rather awkward pose, which makes him something of a faff to paint properly.  After undercoating white, I started by doing the overalls/bodysuit/baby-gro in a powder blue/grey colour, followed by the body armour in a dark green.  The pouches and arm-bands followed in a mix of dark red/dark grey, and then the knee and shoulder pads in a vibrant yellow.  The helmet was done last, following production photos as a guide.  I went for a gloss black for the visor, but the model seems to have it recessed a little more than it is in the movie version, so you could get away with a normal black/dark grey if you prefer.  Light battle damage was added to the amour and helmet using Runefang Silver.  Be careful when doing battle damage, as it’s very easy to end up doing too much and having it look too battered.  Finally, wash with Agrax Earthshade to bring out the shadows, detail and to dirty-up the figure.

For bases, I’ve gone for a solid black, as I find this the most versatile – and games of Star Wars: Imperial Assault are take place over a variety of different locations.  If you want to do something more fancy, that’s totally up to you.


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