FFG is putting their SW license to good use, after the RPG and X-Wing they launched Imperial Assault. Being the SW nut that I am, I ordered the basic game box. I like it so far.
The minis are medium quality plastic, similar to Mantics Mars Attack. The also share the same amount of mold lines. The sculpts have a 1990s feel, chunky and more in style to Games Workshop minis. Expect some more painted samples within the next months.
Arquitens-class light cruiser, for Star Wars Armada - The Arquitens-class light cruiser, also known as the Jedi light cruiser or Republic light cruiser and later the Imperial light cruiser, was a line of light cruisers designed by Kuat Drive Yards that saw extensive service with the Republic Navy during the Clone Wars. They would go on to see limited service under the Galactic Empire, though Kuat Drive Yards would later refit them into an updated variant for the Imperial Navy, the Arquitens-class command cruiser.
Empire Fighters for Star Wars Armada
Nebulon-B escort frigate for Star Wars Armada - The EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate also known as Nebulon-B frigate was a frigate manufactured by Kuat Drive Yards. Despite being intended for Imperial Navy service, it gained more fame as a Rebel Cruiser used by the Alliance to Restore the Republic, and its successor, the New Republic, throughout the Galactic Civil War.
This model is inspired by some of the Sith dresses used in the SW-TOR online game. The mini is an Infinty Reverend Moira, left arm is from a YuJing Zhanshi Hacker and the Lightsword is just a plastic rod.
This model is again inspired by some of the Sith dresses used in the SWTOR online game and Darth Nihilus. I pledged in the Wrath of Kings KS, the Nasier faction was yelling Old Republic Sith to me. Consequently I converted my first WoK mini into a SW mini...
The mini is based on the Wrath of Kings Alenya Heska (Nasier faction) miniature. A very simple conversion: I did not added the forehead horn and filled the tiny holes with greenstuff, replaced the swords, bended the robe a bit up and back to have the light sabres not contacting the robe. The sabres are just plastic rods.
Since WotC acquired the rights for the Star Wars RPG they have also brought out some minis and the collectable Star Wars Miniatures game. A streamlined D20 mini game that played well enough to get me interested. The game is now discontinued, but you can still get some cheap miniatures on eBay or specialised stores.
The minis are nicer then the old West End minis (at least IMO).
The above minis are character minis of an old (IIRC 2002) RPG campaign. A Wookie scoundrel, an Ewok Jedi Fighter a Twilek Jedi healer. The Wookie and Twilek are from the OOP WotC metal mini line, while the Ewok is a conversion based on a bendy plastic Ewok.
That does not stop me from painting even some of the old WEG minis!
A lot of people have asked me how I repaint the minis. If I remove the prepaint etc. I am not stripping the paint entirely, on particular thick areas I am scratching the paint away and most of the time I remove the mold lines. Then a thourough rub with a paint thinner to remove all grease and stuff. After that a coat of matt varnish that my colours are better sticking. That's it.
The Master Yoda repaint. While painting the mini I realised how good this particular mini is sculpted. 2 thumbs up WotC for this one!
Wookie Commando Conversion
The conversion is based on the Wookie Commando from the Clone strike expansion. It is a simple weapon swap. I cut the weak Axe away and replaced it with a GW Power Axe and a plastic rod.
Some of the dreaded softplastic Vong done by WotC
“The Yuuzhan Vong ("Children of Yun-Yuuzhan", also called the Chosen Race, and sometimes incorrectly abbreviated to Vong, which implied that one was disowned by one's family and one's gods) were a sentient species which nearly destroyed the New Republic, and were responsible for the deaths of nearly 365 trillion sentients during their invasion of the galaxy.” Wookiepedia
For me the Vong story line was simply the best of the expanded universe so far. I know that many did not liked them and think that they are not fitting into the SW universe, for me they were a very believable villainous race.
Softplastic Republic Commandos - all by WotC
Softplastic Nightsister Sith Witch, Droid, Utapau Airborne Trooper and Scorch from the Republic Commandos - all by WotC
I am a confessing fan of the animated “Clone Wars” TV show. The 4th season was very much to my liking, especially the last episodes were IMO great.
Enough to get me into repainting some more minis of the softplastic miniature mountain I have collected!
Softplastic Republic Commandos - all by WotC
Republic Gunship - by Revell
Bounty Hunters and Wardroid
The Droid is from Pig Iron, both Bounty Hunters are Infinity (Pan O) models with head swap. IIRC the female head is a Hasslefree one, while the Gran is from a soft plastic SW mini.
Gran Bounty Hunter
Heavy Storm Trooper - head from FFGs Imperial Assault, body by Dreamforge
Female Droid (or Droidess?) M4R1A Bot by Bombshell Miniatures, I love the mini! Also a very nice Metropolis homage.
Heer46 Working Droids
My buddy from Heer 46 released some “working Droids””. I like them a lot and painted some samples ASAP: