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Club Painting 1

We’ve come a long way since we began our after school model club, we started with just an idea to do it, and £3 subs off of all those children attending. It was made easier by “Project Airfix”  who supplied not only kits but paint and brushes which we still use to this day.  Obviously we have expanded our stocks of paint and brushes, glue and basing products from a variety of sources.

Games Workshop, with their school alliance project  have also helped massively with regular boxes of essential products.

In addition to this we’ve raised funds through school fayres selling figures we have painted and models from our own collections, which have enabled us to buy into lots of other genres which would normally have been closed to us.

It also has to be said that we have been extremely lucky with donations of items down the years from so many model manufacturers, friends etc, all of which helps continue to make our club pretty special.

When we started the Headmaster Jeremy and myself would be pretty hands on with construction and painting duties, if time allowed we’d also then use all of the finished models in a tabletop game.  From September last year we have been very lucky to be joined by Karen, one of the school teaching assistants, who kindly stays after the working day to help us out.  She has taken over model/figure construction and painting duties in the club. It has meant that we can have slightly smaller groups, the advantage of this is we get a lot more done!

Of late our three groups are rotated through two different gaming tables, one is normally Games Workshop, the other has been Star wars Legion and a painting table…..in september the group painted some GW Spacemarines……and this years group have been busy painting Star Wars Legion Storm Troopers, here are the results of the first section to complete their figures.

Please remember these figures have been painted by children who’s age is between 8 and 9 and who have limited or no knowledge of this hobby before they joined our club.

I think they have done very well, fantastic work everyone.

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Storm 1

Storm 3

Storm 2

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Storm 6

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Storm 3

Storm 4

Storm 5

 


W.I.P Luke’s Landspeeder a Kitbashing

Before Christmas I picked up a 3d Printed Landspeeder based upon Luke’s X34.  Have to say print quality was a bit below par (lots of lines/layers) and no attempt to make a canopy for the cockpit.  I decided that it would need a fair bit of work, so put it on the pile and got on with easier things!

A few weeks ago i noticed that Fantasy flight games were going to issue a X34 of their own for Legion, it is a bit beefed up and has extra crew….this gave me an idea.  Mounting a gun is one thing but that clear plexiglass canopy does nothing for protection..its really just a civillian transport with a laser cannon attached!   My thoughts turned to armour especially as i didn’t have a clear canopy……wouldn’t it just be easier to plate over the hole?

Kit Bashing is probably the thing I like most about this hobby, there is freedom to do just about anything in sci fi.  I set about going through my vast heaps of spares collected over the last 40+ years  and opted for some of my recent bits……I had some spare Meng world war toon Tiger parts left over from a sturmtiger conversion (which is still on going) the turret parts would make an effective cockpit area. some other tank spares this time 20mm scale and bits and bobs, plus a spare laser cannon from the Legion AT-RT model.

If the rebel engineers got hold of an X34 for combat, this is what I’d like to think they would do to it in the work shops! Lots of extra armour, more sensors and sights/vision blocks, concussion grenade launcher in nose…its an on going project so expect a few changes/additions!

I will add progress updates to this post as and when they are made, and also hope it provides some inspiration to other kitbashers out there.

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A bit more added to front, and Primed.

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I quite like the idea of this being Grey with lots of weathering, sadly that’s the colouring of most Imperial vehicles….so this has to be different eventually I settled on a three tone camouflage scheme, of which the base coat is………………………

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Further painting is now on hold as i will be using spray cans in the garden….weather is terrible at the moment so it might be a couple of weeks yet (updated 14/03/19)

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Update 4/12/19 got a 10cm Legion style base cut for it.

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camo soon!

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Bit more done!

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More soon!

 

 


Rebel Troopers Squad 1

Have managed a bit more painting on my own Core set, the first of 2 Rebel Trooper Squads, this ones in a woodland/jungle type Camo to match my previously painted AT-RT.

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AT RT jungle

 


“Prepare your troops for a surface attack”

Some further battle shots taken with our recon drone cam (!)

More units deployed now that they have been painted up, Rebel units and rusty red speeder bikes  painted by Jez the headmaster. Luke and vader to come.

Other stormtroopers and winter AT-RT by my goodself.

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Rebel at rt a

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Just before the airstrike which brought down the Imperial Walker.

Speeder bikes guard the Flanks.


Fleet Troopers

Had time to paint some of the figures that I got for Christmas! Fleet Troopers. For me Fleet Troopers are pretty iconic as back in 1977 before i ever saw the movie, I came across Topps bubble gum cards in the local newsagent…the first images I saw were of Fleet troopers defending the corridor of the Tantive IV.

Tried out a new painting technique, its like learning to paint again from scratch, so its taking some time for me to adapt to, and will no doubt be a while before i get any good at it, but these aren’t too bad, quite pleased with the results so far.

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Fleet troopers B

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Vader chatting over the finer points of Brexit with Captain Antilles

 


Air Strike!

We decided that X wings and T.I.E fighters were so iconic that we just had to find a way of getting them into the game.  Clearly we couldn’t have dog fighting as the models would be in a close scale as we could find to the Legion figures (1/50 – 1/51). We could use them as terrain pieces in a base enviroment, but we wanted a combat role.

We purchased a couple of Revell kits

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We settled on an airstrike, where troop commander calls in an airstrike, the fighter makes one firing pass at a specified target and then flies off.   A quick chat with a mate Alex, who knows about these things cleared up a few issues we had with the rules. (thanks Al) It was decided that there should be a chance that once called upon the fighter may well not make it to the battlefield, this would simulate anti aircraft fire or interception en route. Included in the dice rolls was a means to either get a total lock on target or a partial lock, this could limit damage.  We trialled the rules in two battles. On one table the X wing targeted the AT-AT walker….the result was the destruction of the imperial walker.  On the other battlefield a Tie fighter was called in to deal with an A.T.T droid tank crewed by rebel forces, The Droid Tank somehow escaped unscathed……..we concluded that the rules were balanced enough so no need to tweak them.

Tie A

T.I.E Fighter/SF with added paint scratches and weathering

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rebel Fleet Trooper for scale.

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X wing 1

Poe’s X wing (T70) with added paint chips

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In a Galaxy far, far away……..

The Resistance continues……….On Hoth the Empire attacks the Rebel’s “Echo Base”, breaching its defenses and blasting its installations.  The Rebels inflicted heavy casualties on the attacking forces, but it wasn’t enough.

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A Rebel Air Speeder banks away after blasting the AT-AT

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The Rebels counter attack

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like time…AT-AT’s march on…..into the rebel base with light damage.

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Meanwhile on Tatooine……..

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The Rebels attack an Imperial outpost……

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The Rebel manned A.A.T advances despite damage.


The Empire Strikes Back!

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After school club has been running a few weeks now and i managed to find some time during combat to take some Photos! We started out slowly using just the figures from the core set and introduced more items like vehicles as the rule system became more familar. We were running two battles at same time, whilst another group paint up their Stormtroopers (pictures of those once they are finished).

The battles were taking place on Tatooine and Hoth since our Deepcut studios gaming mats represent both a desert environment as well as a Winter one .

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On our third session The first 15 minutes or so was spent taking questions about all the ships and vehicles that had been introduced and where to buy them!! Again most of the group knew what the vehicles were, but were gobsmacked to see them on the table.

Combat on Hoth was interesting. The Rebels were firmly entrenched in their base and were not coming out, The attacking imperial stormtroopers spent more than half the battle hiding in the woods and refused to advance(!!!!!!) Their main mission was to take out the shield generator. (Corvus Games Terrain)

The main attacking units were the Speeder Bikes. Going to need to spend some time talking tactics with them on our next battle!

Things went a bit more smoothly on Tatooine…….

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A Rebel AAT still in service after being captured during the Clone wars advances into battle past retreating Rebel Troopers on Tatooine.


AT-AT Walker; Star Wars Legion

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I know that the question of AT-ATs in Star wars Legion can be a bit controversial, some players are adamant that they don’t want to use them in the game or even want FFG to make the model…which to be honest is just pure selfishness, If you don’t want them in your game, thats fine, but don’t try to stop anyone else having fun, which is what I thought was the point in the first place.

If FFG do make a scale AT-AT walker for the game it would be great for those of us that want one, but of course it would be hugely expensive…….so start saving!

Whilst we wait for that there are a couple of other solutions for those of us that must have this monster on the table, one involves a trip to Disney land, another a now out of production model by Wizards of the coast, but my solution was a Revell 1/53 ish Scale AT-AT model kit,  If this is going to be your solution i would keep an eye out for some offers or sales of this kit,  my solution to the problem was to write to Santa.

While we are on the subject…Revell, i wish you could make a range of models that have a common scale…..ye gods what is going on with them? To say that you’d sell more kits is an understatement, if they were all 1/48th and perhaps a slightly smaller range in 1/72nd you’d sell bucket loads.

Rant over, Ok its as near to scale as i can afford, and that will look ok. I know again, that not having everything on the table top in the same scale can be a problem for some model makers/gamers, but some times you have to lighten up and live a bit, lifes to short.

We are going with this, I will write up some basic rules for school use and see if i can’t make some actual legion style rules for it and make a few stat cards. It will not be invulnerable. We have some gun turrets and some Snow Speeders!

I have completely repainted the easy build kit, but lighting on the photos has not done it any favours, i will also likely add to the weathering, but it is nearly there. (The stormtrooper in picture is from Legion box set for scale purposes, I have not finished the  painting on him by a long way! Building from Corvus Game Terrain

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Laser cannons/turrets by “Battlefield in a box” by gale force 9.

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Revell Snowspeeder kits in scale with the AT-AT kit

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Digital Camouflage Stencil by the utterly fantastic Anarchy Models

 

 


Corvus Buildings Painted

Finished off a couple of the excellent Corvus Games Terrain, if i get time I might add a bit more weathering, but they are good to go for the next club game.

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Dice tower

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Small City House

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Power Generator

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