Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Fleet Troopers Star Wars Legion


From the beleaguered troops of Echo Base featured in the previous post, to the similarly ill fated Fleet Troopers of the opening scene of a New Hope, I offer up more plastic loveliness from Star Wars: Legion.  Painted some time ago, these hard pressed troops have already seen active service on the tabletop and prove to be a resilient bunch, able to hold up an Imperial advance just long enough for a heroic character to save the day.  
A relative quick paint job, the hardest decision was how to base them?  I have spoken about my dislike of the 'tall' Legion bases, but it also seemed somewhat incongruous to base these chaps on a scenic base with a carefully placed flower tuft or two.  Instead I opted for clear plastic so that they could go anywhere in the service of the Rebellion, confident of not fouling the immaculately polished decks of a CR90 Corvette!
I was an avid collector of the Star Wars action figures as a small boy, not an easy thing to be in a sleepy town in rural mid Wales, but every so often the shelves of the only toy shop would be restocked.  I always hoped to find a Fleet Trooper amidst the other shelfwarmers, such was their impact from that opening scene, but sadly it was not to be.  I understand that one is available now, and in a variety of scales, but back then it seemed such an injustice for their sacrifice.  All the more reason that I am happy to see them swelling the ranks of my collection today.
 

22 comments:

  1. Lovely work, just been wathing Obi Wan so these fit nicely

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  2. Great looking Star Wars figures, Michael!

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  3. Nicely painted! I've always liked the Rebel troopers and these look amazing.

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  4. Splendid looking rebel troopers, they look great!
    Best Iain

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  5. Very nice! and you got you monthly post in just under the wire too, so well done 😀

    Cheers Roger.

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  6. Well done getting anothe rpost out Michael, this oculd be habit forming!
    Loving the rebels, their clear bases make them that bit better for all games imho.

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  7. Nice to see you back posting, Michael. Sterling painting as always. Are you going to take part in this year's Forgotten Heroes, or are other hobby-related tasks more pressing? No bother either way, it's only a bit of fun, after all.

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  8. Outstanding work as always, Michael.

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  9. Excellent work on them Michael. I struggle with the thought of using clear bases, though I see many a gamer using them now. Perhaps I just feel that basing is half the model, as it can add that little extra oomph. On the other side I can see their allure as you say, having a base with flowers on it would look odd on the decking of a shuttle or station.

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    1. Woops, that comment above is from me. I didn't notice that there were changes to how comments were attributed

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  10. Very nice shading on these figures and inspirational paintjob.

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  11. Lovely job you’ve done there sir!

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  12. Ah, the Star Wars version of the redshirt. Poor buggers

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  13. Wonderful work, Michael. To be honest I'm a little bored be the overwhelming presence of Star Wars and SW Legion these days, but those classic designs are always lovely to see!
    Daniel

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  14. These are really nice figures and you given them a really nice paint job Michael. Planning a Star Wars game possibly in the near future?
    Frank

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  15. These poor guys are the only ones the Stormtroopers ever get an on-target hit with their blasters :) Great paint job by the way!

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  16. Great work on these iconic models Michael.

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  17. Lovely figures Michael, well done! I too have great memories of that first scene of Star Wars where these poor fellas give their all to buy some time for our heroes to escape.

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