With my Armada fleet ready it is time to prepare the battlefield. Every tabletop needs some nice fitting terrain and while reading WWDP I stumbled across this great article about Star Wars: Armada terrain by SpaceRocks.net. They even provided a 10% discount code.
About ten minutes later my order for the Armada terrain (and some X-Wing asteroids) was placed.
Sadly there were some problems with the delivery of my order (the package got lost) and it took quite a while until I got my stuff. Mike from Space Rocks was nice enough to add some additional debris to make up for the delay.
The terrain pack consists of three wrecks in seven pices, five asteroids and one space station. Everything is prepainted. Although there were some noticeable mold lines on the station and some bubbles on multiple parts, this pack has some great value for $55 (even less with the 10% discount code).
The laser-cut bases provided with the models fit perfectly over the terrain markers from the Armada base set. While playing you can place the terrain on the marker and just remove it if a ship enters the terrain. Affordable, great looking and does not get in the way while playing – I really love this stuff.
I decided to give the terrain my personal touch and started with the space station. Completely repainted it and added some antennas to the model.
Just love how the size and height fits perfectly for a Star Destroyer to dock with the station.
I really liked what difference the change of the color of the markings on the Nebulon-B Frigate did and decided to do the same thing to one of my Corellian Corvettes. Very simple paintjob, changing the red markings to green.
Originally I had no plans to do any changes to my second corvette. This changed after I saw the season 1 finale of Star Wars Rebels shortly thereafter. I really liked the paintjobs of the three corvettes shown in this episode. Two of the ships sported the markings from the original trilogy in blue, but one had different markings, which set it apart. I decided to apply this markings to my second corvette.
Removed all existing markings by painting over them with the base color of the model and then applied the new blue markings. Really like the result.
I’m looking forward to my first SW Armada game this weekend and have been preparing the fleet.
For the most part the prepainted Star Wars minis are just fine and need no additional work, but the Nebulon-B frigate looked a bit too clean for me. I decided to add a dark wash to the model, which helped to bring out the details a bit more. In addition I decided to change the color markings of one frigate from red to yellow to get some more variety on the battlefield.
Due to summer and Witcher 3 (one of the best RPGs I ever played) I did not get around to do much painting in the last two month. With both finished I started to invest more time into painting again.
I managed to get my hands on the Lock & Load 2015 convention exclusive from Privateer Press – the Crys Brute Thrall Femme Fatale Version and decided to paint her immediately. Invested in some pigments from AK Interactive. They are fantastic for rust (on the base) and the soot on the exhausts on her back. They are a bit messy to work with, but the application is rather simple and the results are great.
The model is based on a Forgecraft Games base.
Groot sprouted some cress hair.
Due to Witcher 3 soaking up most of my free time I did not get around to paint much in the last month. Was able to finish up a project I have been working on for some time now, though – my Groot sapling plant pot.
Saw this idea some time ago on reddit and just had to create my own. The mini is based on a Funky POP! Bubblehead which I cut apart, remodeled a bit with modelling putty and then repainted.
Planning to plant some cress in his head soon.
To finish of my Velvet Mark month I painted up the famous Final Fantasy Black Mage.
May nears its end and with it my Velvet Mark month, too. As a fourth entry I decided to paint his version of a witch elf.
I actually found a Warhammer Fantasy Dark Elf Codex from 1996 in my old tabletop stuff. Love how this mini took me back to this time. Same goes for a lot of Marks minis actually. Really like that.
For my third Velvet Mark mini this month I decided on his chibi interpretation of a Skyrim Spriggan. I spend countless hours in the frozen land myself and the mini seemed a fitting tribute to my fond memorys of the game.
As with all my chibi minis I went with my typical self made flagstone base. In this case I wanted to add a bit of nature and so I used some old Games Workshop and Busch bits, along with some self made mushrooms and MiniNatur grass to spruce up the base.
My second entry for my Velvet Mark month is a colorful cute little chibi harpy.