Wednesday, 10 July 2019

“Well, there are two banthas down there, but I don’t see any...

...wait a second, they’re sand people, alright.
Sadly not two Banthas, just the one and the briefest of posts to finish of this run of Tatooine themed Star Wars related offerings.  Again looking for a bit of native colour for a Tatooine themed board, I came across this splendid piece originally intended for Imperial Assault.  Although not a fit, scale wise, with Legion models, I wondered if it might make a nice background piece? 
The Bantha and rider comes as a multipart kit and so the first job was to glue the beastie together.  Just as an aside, I went on to use another Sorastro painting tutorial where he suggests painting the head first before assembly - I can now testify that this would have been a good idea if I hadn't been so quick out of the blocks! 

Relatively straightforward with regards to colours, which all had a muted, worn feel.  Plenty of washes and some 'dusty' drybrushing and another piece was completed.
Whilst I was gluing things together I took the opportunity to assemble the water vaporators and some boxes from the Priority Supplies set along with a Satellite Array from 'Sarissa Precision'.  
I tried to tie the colours together to give a unified feel, again with help from a Sorastro painting tutorial.  Great fun to do and I would never have thought to put a brass colour down first, before covering with a clear, red paint to create a vivid lighting effect; that Sorastro is a clever chap!   


40 comments:

  1. Lovely looking beast! Great looking techno gubbins!
    Best Iain

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  2. Oooh, I love all that. those 'vapourators would make great space ships themselves, mounted sideways...

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  3. More great scenery. Both look straight off the set!

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  4. Could be a child Sand person on a baby bantha?

    Love em and the vaporators will be perfect for some droids to talk with.

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    1. That would work, or have them positioned a long way away!๐Ÿ˜‚

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  5. best of this current spurt. love the Bantha

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    1. Thank you Martin, hoping I have saved the bests until last.

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  6. Yarrrggghhh! Looks great! I have a few of the old Grenadier Banthas. I'll have to get them painted up someday soon...

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  7. Another fantastic piece Michael! Too bad about the scale though - did IA make a Jabba (though he'd probably be out of scale as well)? Is he a part of your Tatooine contingent?

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    1. Thank you Ivor and the scale issue is a bit of a pain. I keep looking at Jabba and wondering if he would work? Probably worth painting up all the same.

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  8. Really love your SW stuff! Looking amazing!

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    1. Thank you Michal, one more Star Wars post to come for this month.

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  9. Beautiful work, well art really ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. How does he get down from the Bantha? He doesn´t...he gets down from a goose.
    Interesting tip with the brass Colour before the red...I saw somehwere (or was told...I´m old enough to Forget Details)
    something similar..Brown under Gold makes the effect shinier.
    Excellent work as Always.

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    1. Now was that Bantha or Bantam?๐Ÿ˜€ Brown under gold, now that sounds worth a try.

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    2. Bantam..I like it. As far as I remember Gold on top of Gold is supposed to make the Gold (or indeed bronze) more metally shiny. I may have tried it out when I was into Romans etc but I can´t recall wether it worked. Also, I wasn´t told what base Colour to put it all on. Obv, the Brown would be the base for the Gold but then if the original base was black then that may effect the Brown and ultimately the end effect.

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  11. Great work on the Bantha Michael, and the scenery pieces add some really nice details for your games

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  12. Great stuff all round Michael, would like to see a shot of your Tatoine table with everything on it indeed.

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    1. Thank you Sander, I was certainly hoping to do that this summer, but I have been somewhat distracted of late - no surprise there!

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  13. Another great looking beastie and the extra gubbins look the part too.

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  14. Michael, I must say your spoiling me with all this Star Wars goodness. Those terrain pieces are quite nice!

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    1. Thank you Terry, one more Star Wars post to come and then the start of something different.

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  15. Not had a chance to comment, but as your posts have been coming thick and fast, that is kind of expected. However, I have been enjoying your foray into the Star Wars universe. I have been contemplating doing Star Wars, but in my own inimitable fashion, and this recent focus has cemented this idea in my head.

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    1. Thrilled to hear that there may be some Cosmic Crow Adventure, I shall look forward to those Jez.

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  16. Great work on the fur, and the scatter terrain is lovely.

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  17. You are on a roll, so much stuff being painted.

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  18. Most impressive! Also reminds me of a song ...

    "... Sandman, I'm so alone
    Don't have nobody to call my own
    Please turn on your magic beam
    Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream ..."

    Oops, wrong one.

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  19. Lovely natural earthtones you painted on the Bantha, shame you're only going to use it as a background piece as I feel it deserves better and more than that.
    Beautiful work!

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