As I talked about in a previous post I've started to custom paint my Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures for the awesome Fantasy Flight game, X-Wing. I'm in the middle of working my way through Red Squadron with my X-Wings and thought I'd have a go at working on one of the bigger ships. In this case my Rebel Transporter.
Unlike the X-Wings, the Rebel Transporter was not to far from the original look of the model used in the films. However, the toy 'out of the box' is a way too darker shade of grey for my nerd sense to let slide. Not only that but there is no weathering - this is a big no-no in my Star Wars universe.
The above photo is of the transporter, the near side is base painted to the lighter shade of grey closer to the film look, over on the far side, the darker shade of grey, being the 'out of the box' look.
I continued the lighter grey to the panels on the underside of the transporter including some of the cargo pods as per the original film model.
To add the lighter grey, I used a large wedge shaped brush (this is sometimes known as a large dry brush) and applied a heavy coat of dry brushing to the surface - dry brushing is when you use a small amount of paint on your brush and draw it over the models surface so that it catches the high detail and misses the 'gap' detail.
TIP: When dry brushing always brush in one direction and take the direction you believe the lighting will come from.
I'll put a post together on dry brushing soonish. It's a real skill, and once you have it it will speed up any painting that you do and make it look awesome.
Once I got the base colour on, and painted the little cockpit-ship thingy at the rear of the transporter (as with the X-Wings I used a gloss to add shine to the glass) and added a few coloured panels it was on with the weathering.
Weathering is a must for Star Wars ships to add the 'used universe' feel they all have. Weathering is also a bit of a skill, it may appear to be just smudges of dirt. However, it needs to look like the dirt is there for a reason. Looking at the photos of the original model used for the film I noticed that the majority of the weathering 'pulled' towards the ground and centred around specific features of the ship, the vents for example.
Weathering is a whole post on it's own. However, for this post here is a quick tip:
TIP: When applying weathering to a model, use photo reference. Take a look at pictures of metal or aircraft that have been in the elements and use this as a guide of how to make something look rusty or warn.
Again, as with the dry brushing, I will put a post together on creating some cool weathering effects making sure to keep it simple and still create some awesome results.
Once the ship was well and truly weathered with some rust, leakage and some carbon scoring it was time to tackle the engine glow. The 'out of the box' toy has some dark grey blobs for the inside of the engines and it looks a little, well, pants. Currently not having an airbrush I have added the base colours with the intent of, once I've got an airbrush, adding that brilliant blue-white glow in later.
Here is the finished Rebel Transporter:
That's it for this post, on with the other two members of Red Squadron, Biggs and Wedge, for my next X-Wing custom paint job.
Artwork ©Simon Breeze 2016