Tuesday, 22 January 2019

"My Lord, I've Reached The Main Power Generators."

"The shield will be down in moments, you may start your landing."
This 36mm tall hard plastic miniature of Maximilian Veers is produced by “Fantasy Flight Games” and can be found inside the company's "General Veers Commander Expansion" for "Star Wars: Legion". "Famous for his leadership at the assault on Hoth", the Galactic Empire's Imperial Army Major General was played by actor Julian Glover and made his first appearance in  Irvin Kershner's 1980 American epic space opera film "The Empire Strikes Back".

The "ruthless and aggressive officer who enjoyed wreaking havoc with the destructive Imperial ground forces" was initially primed with two coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey, shaded with "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Bluegrey. The "expert in ground combat" then had some "Vallejo" Black applied to his boots, gloves, holster, firearm and googles. Both the General's hand-garments and E-11 Blaster Rifle were subsequently roughly highlighted with Heavy Charcoal, but only the gloves were shaded using "Citadel" Nuln Oil.
"Toon Realms" WIPs - Sir Bones has been primed, shaded, dry-brushed and had his base-layers applied
Originally, Veers' armour and helmet were pigmented using a combination of "Vallejo" Dark Grey and "Citadel" Nuln Oil. However, once dry, I felt the mix looked much too dark and hardly made the commander of "Death Squadron's ground troops" stand out upon the battlefield. Having resultantly done some additional research though I found several photographs of Maximilian wearing an 'Imperial Green' chest plate, so decided to re-paint the figure with "Vallejo" Heavy Grey and a significant splash of "Citadel" Biel-Tan Green.  

As some final touches I 'picked out' the General's rank buttons with some dots of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and Heavy Blue", then appropriately washed them with "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson and Drakenhof Nightshade. Plus, applied a line of "Citadel" Ironbreaker around the cunning tactician's googles and slightly muted its shininess with a dash of Nuln Oil...
Lord Rascal's Skeleton Warriors WIPs - The Undead soldiers are slowly having all their detail 'picked-out'
Satisfied by finishing a model which has rather embarrassingly been sat upon my table partially-painted since "Fantasy Flight Games" first released it, I have knuckled down so as to progress some more of my recent purchases from "Lucid Eye Publications" for the Ninth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. I plan to have Sir Bones lead my ever-growing number of Lord Rascal's Skeleton Swordsmen for "Dragon Rampant" by "Osprey Publishing", so decided upon a somewhat regal-coloured palette for the Undead knight.

In addition, I have been slowly persevering with four of Lord Rascal's Skeleton Warriors too. I've decided to stick to precisely the same mixture of "Vallejo" paints for their shields as I have previously used on the Necromancer's sword-carrying corpses, and intend to expand the unit in order for it to fully utilise the special rule "Wall of Spears"; where their Armour increases by 1 point against Attacks (but not Shooting).  

16 comments:

  1. Good job, the skeletons look great. :)

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    1. Thanks very much Skully. I've finished all the skeletons I own now, so hopefully they'll be posted up soon. Plus I've some reinforcements in the post :-)

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  2. Nice job on General Veers. Reminds me very much of the Pilots for the AT-ST's for some reason. Nice progress on the skellies. I am back to the drawing board for cheap undead as I didn't realise what crappy bits the WGF ones come in. Separate feet omg!!

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    1. Cheers Simon. Veers is wearing the same helmet as the AT-ST pilots, so that's probably why he reminds you of them so much.

      I've a huge "Toon Realms" Undead posting ready for later this week, which might tempt you to take the plunge? I love them and have a few more coming through the post so I can field two full 12 mini units.

      LOL!! I've heard that the "WGF" skeletons are only good for basing etc, not actual models. Plenty of people talking about the separate feet too!!

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  3. Love Veers, great to have more Star Wars on the blog. ;)

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    1. Thanks Michael. Plenty more "Star Wars" to come as I swap postings between them and my "Toon Realms" stuff. I've got a load of Imperial forces coming, so hopefully plenty to keep you enthused with your minis :-)

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  4. I fondly remember General Veers from "The Empire Strikes Back" and always thought he was a capable commander, worthy of respect. You've done a good job on painting him.
    As for the skeletons, I still think they are wonderful minis. Sir Bones is a fine leader for them.

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    1. Cheers Bryan. I too liked General Veers and felt his demise post “Empire Strikes Back” was a little disappointing for such an impactive Imperial Officer. I’m particularly pleased the grey-green seems to have turned out so well, as I really wanted him to stand out on the battlefield.

      All my “Toon Realms” skeletons should be posted over the next week or so, including some reinforcements which are currently being delivered.

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  5. ...you may start your landing."

    Would have been a fun throwback in Rogue One had Veers made his way into the battle of Scarif in an AT-AT 🙂
    Looking forward to seeing more of your Star Wars figures!

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    1. I’m a big fan of “Rogue One”, Ivor. Indeed, it’s the only “Disney” movie I’ve got time for tbh. Veers on Scarif would have been awesome, and I’m sure many would have simply enjoyed some of his “ESB” bridge footage being reused simply to show his involvement. More “Star Wars” to come too, as I firmly focus upon some Imperial units over the next few weeks.

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  6. Great work on General Veers Simon, The Skele's are coming along nicely

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    1. Thanks Dave. I’m pleased to have finally finished Veers... and all my current “Toon Realms” skeletons too ;-)

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  7. I thought originally that the Veers figure was a samurai -damn my eyesight! Good looking figure and a pose I like a lot.

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    1. LOL Joe!! I can see why the helmet may make you think so, but Samurai are one of the few genres I've never yet dipped my toe into.

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