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
Step 2 – Highlighting Black
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).
Step 3 – Wash
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
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.
After the initial salt weathering on the AT-ST, I went to work on the details.
- The weapons were painted with Army Painter black, followed by a think „wet-brush“ of chain mail metal and, after drying, a wash of Nuln Oil.
- The entire miniature got a good wash of Nuln Oil. After the wash had dried, I added a few lines and highlights with GW’s Administratum Grey.
- I also painted the cockpit windows with layers of Warpstone Glow, Moot Green and Gauss Blaster Green, along with a little bit of black and a white highlight dot.
Magnetising the Hatch & Commander
Another thing I wanted to add to the AT-ST was a magnet to the hatch, so I could swap it out for an old Games Workshop Tank Commander, who would serve as arch-villain General Weiss in my Imperial Assault campaign.
For this, I simply filed down the peg of the hatch-bit, so I could use a 2mm magnet and still have the hatch close.
I added a similar magnet to a Tank Commander and glued a counter-part magnet into the hole on top of the AT-ST, normally used to plug in the hatch.
There is obviously still some clean-up to do, not to mention the base. However, I am very happy how my AT-ST is turning out so far …