Terrain and Star Wars Armada repaints

01 Dec
Terrain and Star Wars Armada repaints

I know this blog has been a bit quiet (again) lately, but I have not been idle, just too busy taking to take photos. There is also a batch of three points of Normans and Mercenaries for SAGA and a Lord for Warzone finished, but I have not gotten around to take any photos of them.

So without much further ado, here we go:

Right after Crisis I wanted to start kicking with a few small terrain pieces. Up first was a Celtic Cross for the Dark Ages. The model is by Timeline Miniatures. I loved the very intricate and detailed carvings on the stone, so it was a must have for me, even though it looks a little tall next to 25mm minis. The only letdown was the basic block it rests upon, which looked too basic and too much like MDT for my taste, but a little structured paint did the trick there. Just a little paint and presto:

Celtic Cross

Celtic Cross

Celtic Cross

Celtic Cross

Up next was the Village Fountain by Sarrissa Precision. Now this one was a little more complicated. I had put this together last year, always with the intention of adding artificial water. I did not want the moisture from the artificial water to soften up the white glue, so I used two-part epoxy instead of white glue back then. So far so good. So I painted it up and started pouring the first layer of Vallejo Still Water into the fountain. Everything looked good. The next morning I inspected my work and it still looked good. I picked it up and all the MDT layers came apart and the artificial water which had not completely dried started seeping through the gaps. Seems the two-part epoxy reacted with the artificial water as well. 😦 I quickly clamped everything together and for the next couple of days I kept it clamped together while pouring the next layers. The idea being, that the clamps would push it together and prevent if from coming apart again and that the water inside the fountain (and between the layers) would keep it stable and in one piece. After all this was done, the piece spend a couple of days atop the radiator to make sure it dried completely. After I removed the clamps it all stayed in one piece. Now I had to repaint parts of the fountain to mask the gloss where the water had come through, the spots where one could see the gaps in the MDF and the clamp marks. Then I added ripples with Vallejos Water paste and it was done. More effort than I wanted for this small piece, but in the end, it looks good.

Village Fountain

Village Fountain

Village Fountain

Village Fountain

And last… Martin and I have started playing some Star Wars Armada lately. Now we have decided to concentrate on one faction each. Martin will play the Rebel scum and I the glorious Empire (which does not mean we will not swap sides from time to time). Anyway, right now we have three core sets between the two of us (Martin has two, the other is mine), plus an extra set of Imperial fighters and one each of the ships from the Wave 1 expansions. And while I play the Empire, I felt this was too many Corvettes and Frigates in the Rebel fleet for them all to look the same (lets face it… I am not that likely to field 3 Victory class Star Destroyers in one game anyway), so I decided to give mine a repaint. I gave both quick diluted black wash to make the details stand out more. The Corvette got highlighted in tan and sand colours while the Frigate was highlighted in Ivory and White. For the Frigate I decided to paint the red markings over completely and replaced them with blue chevrons that run over the whole forward hull to enhance the shape of the ship. The Corvette just got the red markings overpainted in blue. Added some engine glow to both of them that was it. Nothing special, but it took less than an hour, which is fine by me. I guess starting December I will start (re)painting the Imperial ships and fighters, but I guess that will be more work, since I do not completely like the base colors of the ships (they do not look like they do in the movies to me).

Star Wars Armada - Corelian Corvette

Star Wars Armada – Corellian Corvette

Star Wars Armada - Corelian Corvette

Star Wars Armada – Corellian Corvette

Star Wars Armada - Nebulon B Frigatte

Star Wars Armada – Nebulon B Frigate

Star Wars Armada - Nebulon B Frigatte

Star Wars Armada – Nebulon B Frigate


8 responses to “Terrain and Star Wars Armada repaints

  1. Jason

    December 1, 2015 at 15:41

    Nice job on the terrain pieces, the ripples look good and you certainly can’t tell you had any troubles in assembly. I’ve got to get my Armada stuff painted up someday too. My excuse until now was to wait until wave 2 came up and then paint everything up in one go.

    Blue is an interesting choice. Red would seem the logical accent color for the Rebs, but the same can be said for the Imperials if you want to give their ships a bit of color. Interested in what you do with the rest of your collection. I’m still mulling over various color schemes.

    Last but not least, hope you had a great birthday last week!

    • Burkhard

      December 1, 2015 at 15:54

      Hi Jason,

      well I am happy how it turned out after all those troubles. Although I know one spot, where the rescue dry brushing does not 100% match the original job, since I would have risked ruining the water. But as long as I only I know! 😉

      I guess your Wave 2 excuse is no longer valid. FFG is shipping them in the US, are they not? I have some birthday money left over, so I will probably be able to tackle all the Imperials in one go.

      This hue of blue (home mixed to represent mint French Napoleonic uniforms) seemed good to me for the Rebels. A few years ago I started repainting my X-Winig minis (something I need to finish) and I repainted the B-Wings with blue markings and it looked cool.

      For the Imperials I am also still undecided. Red seems logical, but a lot of people are doing that. But no matter what… I could still do a few Imperial ships blue marking in a different hue as well.

      And thanks… the birthday was great, except for all th real life stuff that keeps invading every day these days! 😉

  2. Francis Lee

    December 1, 2015 at 17:28

    Those ripples are the business!

  3. Michael Awdry

    December 1, 2015 at 18:03

    All brilliant, but the ripples on the water are just superb! Certainly worth all the hassle.

  4. daggerandbrush

    December 2, 2015 at 23:26

    I agree, the water looks highly realistic and the ripples really add that extra bit of awesomeness.

  5. von Peter himself

    December 3, 2015 at 09:43

    Another vote for the water and the ripples Burchard. And as a bonus they come with the back story with which to bend anyone’s ear who should comment on them. The complete package really. 😃

    von Peter himself

  6. Phil

    December 4, 2015 at 19:12

    This Village Fountain is amazing, excellent!

  7. Burkhard

    December 7, 2015 at 19:38

    Thank you all guys!

    Looks like the ripples and the fountain are everyone’s favourites!


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