Monday, 20 July 2015

Guest Writer: Leebo Williams talks about Armada

Star Wars Armada a new beginning

Hello boys and girls Leebo here, and I have been asked to jot down a few words about why I have chosen to have a go at Star Wars Armada. Now from the beginning of me playing x wing miniatures I always wanted to play with capital ships after playing a pc game called Empire At War. As soon as I finished that game I wanted to play big ships in big games. There was a game at the time which came with Home One ( Admiral Akbars ship) and a super star destroyer, but at the time of me finding out about it it had already gone out of print and the licence had gone elsewhere. Enter x wing miniatures game, this filled my need for space combat and was in my favourite subject of all time ‘STAR WARS’. Having played that for about a year and a half Fantasy Flight Games then released the news they were bringing out another game using the capital ships, Sold I’m in just tell me where to send my money and I want it all lol. So a core set was purchased and as I am a Rebel player at heart an assault frigate and fighter pack purchased as well.

On to the contents I suppose, the capital ships come painted, and in my opinion are done really well as is FFG’s way with their pre-paints, but the fighters only come in beige plastic for the rebels and grey plastic for the imperials. Cool I get to paint some spaceships! Now they are small but still retain quite a bit of detail. This being said a simple scheme would be in order to get the best from them. So with brush in hand I began.

First up was the two a wing squadrons from the pack, I only have GW paints in my collection so went with a skull white base coat, there is no need to under coat these ships as the paint seemed to go on well, I used scab red as a nice dark red strip down the middle of the ship and a touch on each of the engines. The cockpit was touched with black and the engine exhaust had a dab of yellow applied. Then a light Nuln oil wash applied to the whole model, which covered nicely and just filled in all the recessed areas and defined the blocks of colour well, giving a nice used look to the squadrons, objective one and they looked pretty good, so confidence brimming I moved on to the y wings.

So the ywings basically went exactly the same way technique wise and I used a bone colour for the base coat, a little grey on the engone pods and cockpit, the glass touched in black and a yellow trim around the cockpit denoting gold squadron.

So up next are the Bwings and they were a bit more fiddly, but same bone base coat, with grey the accent on the engines, wing straps and bottom gun. And then touched with orange dots as squadron markings. Black was touched on the cockpit glass and the washed with nuln oil.

Now on to the superstars the x wing squadrons as you get 4 in the core set and a further 2 in the fighter pack I had 6 to paint, these repaints do not take to long even for some one of my skill, which is basic at best. But is started the same way as the a wings with a basecoat of white, then used blood red, a brighter shade of red, to make the model pop a bit and ran a line down each side of the fuselage and then a touch on each of the upper wings. Grey was used on the engines and cockpit with black in the glass sections. Then a touch of yellow on the nose cone, and finally a wash of nuln oil.

For a basic lick of paint, they haven’t come out that bad and I cannot wait to get them onto the table and free the galaxy from under the imperial jack boot hehe. Thanks for reading this little bit of info and I hope it helps.

And remember Fly Casual and may the force be with you.

Leebo Williams.