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Baranovich02 Jun 2018 7:09 p.m. PST

Taking the queue from the A-47 Airspeeder, I once again used a Testors spray for the base coat layer of the model.

So many things in the Star Wars universe are some variant of that "spaceship"-looking gray, it comes to just varying those grays between different models so that they don't all look the same.

I found Testors Flat Gull Gray and their generic gray primer to be very useful colors for base coating Star Wars Legion miniatures.

It really comes down to either starting with a darker gray spray and then painting your lighter grays over it with actual brush strokes with a large brush, or starting with a lighter gray spray and then applying a wash over it, then doing a highlight layer.

I opted for the second option. I still have to master getting smoother, military-looking finishes. I guess that doing things like actual military planes and vehicles like fighter planes and tanks probably involve the use of an airbrush to achieve that super-smooth looking finish you see on modern craft.

But since I don't own an airbrush, my next best option is to use sprays for base coats and then rely on my own shading and highlighting skills.

My AT-ST has a VERY simple palette. It was nothing more than the Flat Gull Gray spray as a base, followed by an overall wash of Citadel Nuln Oil over the entire model, with a lighter gray highlight over it. I took care to make sure that the wash didn't pool in certain areas, and wiped away any excess as I was doing it. When the Nuln Oil was dry I took Vallejo's Game Color Stonewall Grey and carefully drybrushed the whole model with a really soft brush to achieve as smooth and gradual a highlight and color gradient as possible.

Overall the results are pretty good, I think as good as you can achieve with rattle can sprays. I am considering however finally investing in an airbrush for upcoming military model projects.



Tacitus02 Jun 2018 8:07 p.m. PST

Looks good!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2018 4:18 a.m. PST

I agree.

Baranovich03 Jun 2018 5:43 a.m. PST

Thanks, much appreciated!

LostPict Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2018 7:12 a.m. PST

Going to steal your scheme. Well done.

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