Imperial Assault, Miniature Painting, Star Wars

Painting Table – Imperial Assault – Dark Vader Part 3 – Final Touches

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Final steps on my Darth Vader miniature included a coat of Citadel Purity Seal, followed by re-application of glossy ‚Ard Coat, notably on the light saber.

I also rebased Darth Vader, adding a little grimdark skull to go with it (if anyone deserves a skull to his feet, it is Darth Vader).

Ready for action!

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If you missed my earlier articles on painting Darth Vader, you can find them here:

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Imperial Assault, Miniature Painting

Painting Table – Imperial Assault – Dark Vader Part 2 – Light Saber

The next step in painting my Imperial Assault Darth Vader was the light saber.


Step 1 – Red Undercoat

DarthVaderLightSaber1I started with two layers of red over the white base coat of the light saber blade. The first layer in Mephiston Red, the second layer in Evil Sunz Scarlet.


Step 2 – Highlighting the Blade

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Once I had a nice red, I started adding a lighter highlight to the upper and front part of the blade with Wild Rider Red.


Step 3 – Silver Glow Effect

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Another suggestion, which I picked up from YouTube, was to attempt the light saber’s glow effect of the light saber with a line of Rune Fang Steel, a very bright silver, and not a bright red or white.

I went back and forth on this, trying to get it right. I am not 100% happy with it.


One Step Back – Highlights on the Cloak

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I also started adding a red glaze – Citadel’s Bloodletter – to the areas surrounding the light saber, to simulate the glow effect.

The red glazed did show on some areas, notably the glove and arm, but wouldn’t take to the cloak right next to the light saber, which was still to dark.

To help with this, I went back and added more highlights with a mix of black and Fenrisian Grey to the cloak around the light saber to create a basis for the glaze.


Step 4 – Red Glaze

DarthVaderLightSaber5After applying the new highlight to the cloak, I went back and applied several layers of Bloodletter for a red effect on the right side of the miniature.

I also toned down the silver line on the light saber itself.

Next step: rebasing Darth Vader.

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Imperial Assault, Miniature Painting

Painting Table – Imperial Assault – Dark Vader Part 1 – All Black

Onwards with painting my box of Fantasy Flight Games‘ Imperial Assault.

I chose Darth Vader as my next project. As I have basically no experience painting black details, I once more turned to Sorastro’s Painting Tutorials for inspiration.


Step 1 – Black Undercoat

PaintingDarthVader1No more than giving the miniature a good coat with Citadel’s black primer.


Step 2 – Highlighting Black

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Highlighting Darth Vader is where the fun starts. I used a mix of Army Painter Matt Black and Citadel Fenrisian Grey, adding more and more Fenrisian Grey as I went to brighten the highlights (or some more black, when I found the contrast too stark).PaintingDarthVader3


Step 3 – Wash

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Once I was happy with the highlights, I let the miniature dry, before giving it a wash with Citadel Nuln Oil.


Step 4 – Adding Details

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Finally, once the wash had dried, I went back to some of the highlights, this time adding a bit of silver metallic paint into the aforementioned mix. I also used the metallic paint for the belt, the light-saber handle and the chain holding the cloak.

I painted the red (Mephiston Red) and blue (Lotheran Blue) buttons on the chest panel.

Last but not least, I gave the blade of the light saber a coat of Ceramite White in preparation of painting it in a vibrant red.

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