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Baranovich23 May 2018 4:48 p.m. PST

I spent the afternoon painting the T-47 Airspeeder model for Star Wars Legion. Technically it's the first model I've painted in many years that would qualify as being like a "military" type model in terms of finishing and weathering.

I based the paint job on a video tutorial from Youtube on a channel called "Sorastro's Painting". Guy does some brilliant stuff, just great videos.

I varied my paint palette from his somewhat, going a bit simpler on the weathering techniques, but utilizing most of the basic techniques he uses.

I felt pretty good about the fact that I was able to substitute other colors of paint and have an eye for the proper tones and building up the right feel and layers of color.

Here's the link to the tutorial:

YouTube link

I used a pretty basic and limited palette.

Here's a pic showing all the paints used:


All Citadel colors but with the exception of one Wargames Foundry paint used: Scarlet 38B for the Rogue Squadron markings, which was the perfect red to match the color scheme from The Empire Strikes Back.

I used Nuln Oil pretty liberally over the whole model but was also selective in places to build up heavier shading and weathering like at the back of the model where the engine exhausts were. I also used the Nuln Oil as a liner to trace some of the larger lines and seams on the surface. I also thinned the Nuln Oil at times to achieve more subtle transitions of shading.

I used the three shades of grays of Citadel colors to build up highlights, and then applied the Nuln Oil over that. I then went back in and retouched some of the highlighting.


For the red squadron markings I had to resort to using some Tamiya masking tape for the nose marking since the model has no panel seams or guides in that area to paint the rectangle shape. The other parts of the model however did all have panel seams and so it was pretty easy to free-hand those and fill in the panels.


The canopy glass was painted with Citadel Incubi Darkness, which seemed to be the perfect color for a deep, dark, reflective glass color. I used the paint at full strength but painted it on thinly and allowed some of the gray paint underneath to show through to create some reflection effects.

For the rust effects I went simple and just used straight out of the pot Citadel Screaming Bell, which is like a dirty copper color and works perfectly for rust. I just used very small amounts and kind of dry-brushed it into an area and then dragged it out to create the gradient rust effects.


The very final thing I did was to take a piece of sponge and stipple the original gray highlight color over the red squadron markings to create the effects of some of the paint chipping off.


Overall I think it came out pretty well and I'm pleased that my skills seem to be developing in terms of using the right tools and paints to achieve the effects desired.

Hope you find the info. useful!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2018 6:24 a.m. PST

Wow – that's a labour of love!

Great work and thanks for posting the details – very helpful

LostPict Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2018 6:41 a.m. PST

That's looking really great! I have mine waiting for paint.

Oiler7225 May 2018 8:55 a.m. PST

Very nicely done…Sorastro has definitely inspired a shift in my painting style as well. Good job on your painting! Great looking speeder!

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