Geek level 10 has been acheived! haha
I use to paint a little back in the day and this X-Wing game has re-awakened the old hobby juices. Sadly more than HALF of my GW paints have dried out though! ! :(
I was inspired by this guy's great repaint of Red 5 found here:
And so I said to myself, I could do that, and it would look so cool on the table. I gave it a shot, let me know what you think. I painted Luke, Biggs and Wedge. I researched how each fighter actually looked using google image search and, learned quite a lot about the X-wings used in Star Wars IV (like the difference between Piro Models and Hero Models).
Another thing that really bugged me was the lack of Ion cannons on the Y-Wings. So I came up with a good solution. I took some Epic Eldar Guardians and chopped off their guns. I then used Epoxy Glue and tweezers to glue them onto the Y-Wings. After a night of drying I painted them up. They looked great, so I was really happy with that.
I touched up the yellow and grey on the Y-Wings in places and gave some extra damage in spots. I also painted the brass piping as seen in the Y-Wing models. Generally I'm happy with the paint jobs and might go back and add some details, especially on the Y-Wings, but I thought I'd share these guys with you all as they are now. Hope you enjoy the pics.
For those interested, here are the paints I used:
Ship Colour - Komando Khaki and a little bit of Rotting Flesh
Cockpits - Elf Grey
Red on X-Wing - Blood Red
Replacement Panels on X-Wings - Golden Yellow
Used Black Ink to edge parts of panels, cockpits
Y-Wing Piping - Dwarf Bronze
Y-Wing Yellows - used Golden Yellow to darken areas, sunburst to highlight
Y-Wing Turrets - Painted them with Komando Khaki and Rotting flesh mix. The applied a light wash of black ink. Then highlighted again the edges with the Komando Khaki and Rotting flesh mix.
Wedge Red 2, Biggs Red 3 and Luke Red 5
Luke Skywalker close up. I even painted R2-D2. Love that little guy :)
I dabbed a little bit of purple/pink in the engines. You can't really see it well here though.
Red 5 top view
Biggs Red 3 and his little R2 buddy. Notice the black outlines on some of the panels help bring them out.
Wedge, Red 2, the best Rebel fighter pilot in the game
Y-Wings Gold 1 and Gold 2
I added 3 "eyes" to this R5 astromech.
I touched up some of the yellow and added damage paint chips.
A Group shot. I feel like I can take on the whole Empire myself with these little guys!
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Wow absolutely stunning, what did you use for the turrets?
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I am in awe.
Fantastic work. Thank you for showing us those turds can be polished up quite well!
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Love your work mate! I've just started on doing custom paint jobs for my models too (I come from a 40k background), and your improvements are most inspiring!
Thanks for sharing.
Superb job! Just one question: do those yellow colors show up on the movie? I know they are in many of the references, but I haven't been able to pick out any of the yellow when the ships are on screen. Am I the only one with this problem?
Some people play to win. I play because it's one of the few ways to fly an X-wing here on Earth!
I am off to my paint desk thanks
I concur! Great paint and very inspiring! I'd been talking myself out of re-painting, but seeing these pics is just too much. The Necrons are gonna have to take a backseat for a few weeks. :)
Also, I've had decent results thinning old, dried-out pots of paint with Tamiya Acrylic Thinner (X-20 or something experimental sounding like that). I originally bought it to thin the GW paint I was shooting through my airbrush, but turns out it's good for resurrecting old paint as well. Put in a few drops, mix it up, shake it, check consistency, repeat as necessary. I also add some kind of small hard media (tiny rocks, BBs, very small coins, etc.) if the paint's REALLY old. Works a treat.
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