Imperial Assault Painted AT ST
Hobby, Imperial Assault, Miniature Painting, Star Wars

Painting Table – Imperial Assault – AT-ST Part 1 – Salt Weathering

After finishing the Trandoshan Hunters, I wanted to get started on the AT-ST from the Imperial Assault Game.

While I aim for a traditional grey look for the Imperial walker, I decided to try out a weathering technique I have never tried before: Salt Weathering.

The idea is the use salt (of the more coarse kind) as a random masking-material to create a weathering effect. I hope to achieve a rusted, worn-down look.

If it works, that is.


Step 1 – Brown Undercoat

P1040765I started by spraying the miniature with a coat of Citadel Mournfang Brown.

This should provide a brown, „rust-like“ colour to shine through the grey painting of the AT-ST thanks to the salt weathering.


Step 2 – Preparing the Salt

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While the undercoat dried, I collected the materials for the salt weathering:

  • Rock/coarse-grain salt
  • A bowl (to catch salt sprinkled over the miniature)
  • Some water
  • A well-used, older brush

Step 3 – Applying Salt to the Miniature

salttwoOnce the miniature was dry, I applied water to areas I wanted to weather. Afterwards, I sprinkled the wet parts with salt, which sticks to the moist areas.

saltononeI thought I was quite liberal in the application of salt, possibly overdoing it.

It certainly felt like a lot of salt at this stage. In retrospect, I probably could have added a bit more.


Step 4 – Grey Basecoat

Imperial Assault AT-ST

After everything was dry, I sprayed the miniature with the actual basecoat I wanted to have for the final paint job. In this case, I used the basic matt grey from Humbrol, which seems like a good shade for Imperial vehicles.


Step 5 – Removing the Salt

Imperial Assault Painted AT ST

Finally, the magic trick. Removing the salt with a soft brush to reveal parts of the brown under the grey basecoat.

Having never done this before, I was excited to see how this would turn out and was very pleased with the result. I expected to do worse on my first try.

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That said, the weathering effect wasn’t nearly as excessive as I feared.

I am may have to be careful to keep the weathering clearly visible as I start to paint the miniature …

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Imperial Assault Trandoshan Hunters
Imperial Assault, Miniature Painting, Star Wars

Painting Table – Imperial Assault Trandoshan Hunters – Completed

Imperial Assault Trandoshan Hunters

I have been busy finishing my Trandoshan Hunters for FFG’s Imperial Assault.

The main steps were all laid out in my first article. What was left to do where some small highlights, for example in the eyes, a bit of cleaning up and re-basing the miniatures on Citadel 25mm bases with a bit of scenery.

Voila! My Trandoshan Hunters ready to hunt down some Rebels.

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Those are definitely a lot of fun to paint. I cannot recommend them enough!

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Imperial Assault, Miniature Painting, Star Wars

Painting Table – Imperial Assault Trandoshan Hunters

Continuing with my project of painting up Fantasy Flight Games‘ Imperial Assault, I started working on the Trandoshan Hunters, whose most notorious representative is the Bounty Hunter Bossk from The Empire Strikes Back.

Once again, most of my inspiration came from the fantastic YouTube guide by Sorastro’s Painting.


Trandoshan Hunters – Base Colours
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Once again sticking closely to Sorastro’s Painting tutorials, I painted two variants of Trandoshan Hunters. Two Trandoshan Hunters in a snow/urban camouflage and two in a yellow-green jumpsuit similar to Bossk from The Empire Strikes Back.

For the yellow-green I used a roughly equal mix of Flash Gitz Yellow and Elysian Green. It’s a wonderfully „ugly“ colour in the best Star Wars tradition, and one I certainly would not have come up with on my own.
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Other base colours I used so far are:

  • Skin: 70/30 Mix of Caliban Green and Steel Legion Drab
  • Backpack, straps & gun: 50/50 of Army Painter Black & Mechanicus Standard Grey (with a quick dry brush of Army Painter Plate Mail Metal on the guns)
  • Red trim & eyes: Mephiston Red
  • Belts & claws: Steel Legion Drab
  • Tongue: Screamer Pink with a little Ceramite White

Shades & Highlights

trandoshan highlight

After the base colours, I shaded the yellow-green jumpsuit, the mouth and the red parts with Agrax Earthshade and the white jumpsuit, the backpacks, weapons and grey trims with Nuln Oil.

I did not yet shade the skin, which was highlighted first with Elysian Green and second with a 50/50 mix of Elysian Green and Flash Gitz Yellow.

The yellow-green jumpsuit was  highlighted with the abovementioned 50/50 mix, adding more yellow with each step. I also gave it a glaze of Lamenters Yellow.

And I keep finding mould-lines. Note to self: Clean the miniatures properly!


Shading Scaly Skin

trandoshan shadingFor the skin itself (or scales), I took another advice from the fantastic tutorials by Sorastro’s painting, shading different Trandoshan Hunters with different green shades from Games Workshop to achieve a variety of skin tones.

To be continued…

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