Posts Tagged ‘Bandai’

Star Wars AT-ST [WIP – Chicken Legs]

Posted on June 8th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

As the AT-ST’s iconic ‘chicken legs’ underwent the same weathering process as its upper hull and mid-section, I saw no point in chronicling each every phase again in a series of posts. So without further delay, the following are photographs of the scou…

Star Wars AT-ST [WIP – Phase Four: Mid-section Metallics, Weapons & Assembly sans legs]

Posted on May 31st, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Phase Four of the AT-ST weathering process is straightforward as it only involves applying ‘soot’ on the weapons and metallic paint on the mid-section’s flexible steel pipes. Then it was a case of putting it all together and touching up the paint and w…

Star Wars AT-ST [WIP – Phase Tthree of the Hull, Drive Engine & Gyro System; Micro Paint Chips]

Posted on May 22nd, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Painting micro paint chips has been one of the biggest tests of patience I’ve ever encountered in this hobby. While it’s not as difficult as painting eyes on a miniature figurine, the task of micro paint chipping is extremely laborious in its own right…

Star Wars AT-ST [WIP – Phase Two of the Hull, Drive Engine & Gyro System; Oil Dot Filter Weathering]

Posted on May 11th, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

As a work-in-progress update it’s pretty hard to distinguish between Phase One and Phase Two of the weathering process. Firstly there the technical issue with photography which I’ll get into in more detail later. And secondly there’s the slightly overe…

What’s in store from my project pipeline, optimistically speaking, in the coming months of 2018

Posted on May 3rd, 2018 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

It was nearly three years ago when I last did a project pipeline update. As is my wont, other projects soon crept into the pipeline (i.e. Katana, a Snowspeeder, C-3PO, R2-D2, BB-8, Princess Leia, a T-55A tank, a Nurgle Rhino, a Bodhisattva, a Star Dest…

Star Wars AT-ST [WIP – Phase One of the Hull, Drive Engine & Gyro System; Basecoat, Wash & Panel Lining]

Posted on April 27th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

There was once a time I would’ve stopped here. Weathering with washes and panel lining over a basecoat was all it took to momentarily scratch that ceaseless itch to paint up a monotone grey hued vehicle of the Galactic Empire’s Imperial Navy or Army. A…

Star Wars AT-ST [WIP – Pilots seated in Cockpit Interior]

Posted on April 13th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Well duh but a model kit is always greater than the sum of its individual parts. So while both the AT-ST pilots/drivers looked bland on their own, the meh-factor lessened somewhat when they were both seated inside a fully assembled and painted cockpit …

Star Wars AT-ST [WIP – Pilots / Drivers]

Posted on April 7th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

What was Bandai thinking, molding a rigid looking pair of AT-ST pilots/drivers to accompany their 1/48 scale AT-ST model kit. Any form of dynamic pose – e.g. having one of them reach for a side control panel – would’ve made a lot more sense. The altern…

Star Wars AT-ST [WIP – Cockpit Interior]

Posted on April 1st, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

As with most Bandai Star Wars model kits, the interior parts are usually molded with close to movie accurate details. But also in most cases the details would’ve been covered up, sometimes completely, in the final build. For the AT-ST, I have the optio…

Star Wars AT-ST [WIP – First tentative steps in the use of Oil Dot Filter Weathering Paint Technique]

Posted on March 28th, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Before assembly of the Bandai Star Wars 1/48 scale Imperial All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST) Walker had even started, there was something I needed to get my head around first. That something is a technique used by scale modelers to increase the rich…

Dusting of the Gundam Project

Posted on February 1st, 2018 under , , , , , . Posted by

Okay, the Tau are getting their new Codex…There is the free downloadable Mobile Suit Gundam skirmish game rules on Facebook…And I still have this guy… the first of a planned project from years ago (as in, with the second version of the Tau codex)…

Star Wars AT-ST – Bandai 1/48 Scale Model Kit [Unboxing and Pre-Assembly Review]

Posted on November 16th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Dubbed the chicken walker, the Imperial AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport) Walker is my third favourite Star Wars vehicle after the AT-AT (All Terrain Armoured Transport) Walker and TIE Fighter. So I guess my list is top-heavy with either Galactic Emp…

Star Wars AT-ST – Bandai 1/48 Scale Model Kit [Unboxing and Pre-Assembly Review]

Posted on November 16th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Dubbed the chicken walker, the Imperial AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport) Walker is my third favourite Star Wars vehicle after the AT-AT (All Terrain Armoured Transport) Walker and TIE Fighter. So I guess my list is top-heavy with either Galactic Emp…

Star Wars Snowspeeder – Bandai 1/48 Scale Plastic Model Kit [Completed]

Posted on October 30th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

A sense of awe and wonderment is etched into my childhood memories of time spent poring over images of the Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) crew at work. These behind-the-scenes model makers were, dare I say it, chief contributors to the success of the Star Wars franchise. For sure the efforts of ILM’s cameraman, optical technicians, etc. are all necessary components of a whole. But at its core,

Star Wars Snowspeeder – Bandai 1/48 Scale Plastic Model Kit [Completed]

Posted on October 30th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

A sense of awe and wonderment is etched into my childhood memories of time spent poring over images of the Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) crew at work. These behind-the-scenes model makers were, dare I say it, chief contributors to the success of the Star Wars franchise. For sure the efforts of ILM’s cameraman, optical technicians, etc. are all necessary components of a whole. But at its core,

Star Wars Snowspeeder [WIP – Snap fitting parts onto the upper hull and a final open-cockpit view]

Posted on October 20th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Snap fitting the snowspeeder’s power coupling/convertor, laser activator, air intake, repulsor systems onto the upper hull may be a simple enough task. But the life it breathes into the scale model is immense. At long last, the snowspeeder now looks li…

Star Wars Snowspeeder [WIP – Snap fitting parts onto the upper hull and a final open-cockpit view]

Posted on October 20th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Snap fitting the snowspeeder’s power coupling/convertor, laser activator, air intake, repulsor systems onto the upper hull may be a simple enough task. But the life it breathes into the scale model is immense. At long last, the snowspeeder now looks li…

Star Wars Snowspeeder [WIP – Power/Repulsor/Laser Systems & Airbrake Flaps]

Posted on October 15th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Filling up the snowspeeder’s upper hull involved assembling and painting two large units, each of which contains the power coupling/convertor, laser activator, air intake, repulsor and air brake flap. They are basically the second most focused-on eye c…

Star Wars Snowspeeder [WIP – Power/Repulsor/Laser Systems & Airbrake Flaps]

Posted on October 15th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Filling up the snowspeeder’s upper hull involved assembling and painting two large units, each of which contains the power coupling/convertor, laser activator, air intake, repulsor and air brake flap. They are basically the second most focused-on eye c…

Star Wars Snowspeeder [WIP – Initial Dry Fitting of Parts Painted So Far]

Posted on October 8th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

When I first started out in this hobby I always grappled with the dilemma of either painting a fully assembled kit or painting individual parts before putting them all together. Of course I now know this to be a false dilemma. There is a third option t…

Star Wars Snowspeeder [WIP – Initial Dry Fitting of Parts Painted So Far]

Posted on October 8th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

When I first started out in this hobby I always grappled with the dilemma of either painting a fully assembled kit or painting individual parts before putting them all together. Of course I now know this to be a false dilemma. There is a third option t…

Star Wars Snowspeeder [WIP – Power Generator, Cooling Fins and Insulators]

Posted on September 28th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Prior to the first dry fitting using parts already painted, there was one further section of the snowspeeder to complete namely its power generator with cooling fins. But before I began work, something kept tugging at the edge of my mind and wouldn’t l…

Star Wars Snowspeeder [WIP – Power Generator, Cooling Fins and Insulators]

Posted on September 28th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Prior to the first dry fitting using parts already painted, there was one further section of the snowspeeder to complete namely its power generator with cooling fins. But before I began work, something kept tugging at the edge of my mind and wouldn’t l…

Star Wars Snowspeeder [WIP – Upper and Lower Hull]

Posted on September 13th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

After detailed work on snowspeeder pilots Wedge Antilles and Wes Janson, it was time to move on to the vehicle’s bare upper and lower hulls. Before any weathering effects are attempted, however, my plan is to first give the entire snowspeeder a simple …

Star Wars Snowspeeder [WIP – Rebel Alliance Pilots Wedge Antilles and Wes Janson]

Posted on August 29th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Painting miniature figurines remains my first and strongest love in this hobby. I still get that same rush I felt when completing the paint job of my first miniature all those years ago. After weeks of vehicle painting and weathering – which I enjoy, d…