Here are the first X-Wing repaints Iv'e done. The new Star Wars Battlefront II trailer got me all excited (especially as the Imperial Raider is now cannon!). I'm particularly fan boying of the introduction of Inferno Squad an elite squad of troopers akin to the death troopers from Rogue One albeit upgraded. Not much is known about this special forces unit other than they were led by Iden Versio and were initially commissioned to avenge the destruction of the first death star. The tie in novel -battlefront II:Inferno Squadron- authored by veteran Star Wars author Christie Golden (Fate of the Jedi series and the recent Dark Disciple) should shed a little more light on the members when it is published later this year.
Iden Versio- commander of Inferno Squadron
One thing we do know from the trailer is that they are a badass group of troopers who can actually shoot good and look even better. Colour is one thing the Imperials lacks throughout the series typically restrained to grey scale and navy's so seeing a dark red mixed in gives a nice contrast. This combined with the new inferno squad insignia was used as inspiration for my first X-Wing repaints.
Inferno Squadron helmet
I didn't strip the original paint for two reasons: 1) Iv'e read conflicting reports as to whether stripping is necessary 2) after reading it may not be necessary I thought i'd just wing it (pun slightly intended) and see how they would come out. I used Vallejo paint mixed with water at a 1:1 ratio and applied multiple layers (TIP: Let the model fully dry before applying a second coat to avoid streaks). I painstakingly made a stencil from frog tape using an X-ACTO knife for the insignia, however the surface isn't not flat so there was a little bleed through. This was easily enough corrected by hand. A nuln oil wash to finish up and here they are:
Paint Used: Vallejo Model Colour
Blue Green (70)
I went the extra mile and decided to magnetise the ships, i'll be posting a tutorial on this sometime soon!
Hope you enjoyed this first repaint showcase, I wanted to give a little context regarding the inspiration for these repaints. I'll be posting more in the future with tips and tricks I find useful.
Here's my janky as hell light box what I made to take these images, its not bad for now but I may have to invest in the future ha ha
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