February 28, 2013 by catomighty
The X-Wing miniatures come with very nicely pre-painted right out of the box. But for those of us who would like to add a personal touch and be able to tell our figures apart from all the others in the world, a little re-painting is in order.
I just painted right over the original, using Model Master and Testors enamals. The engine glow areas were painted white first; then flourescent orange, a neon blue ring for the basic TIE fighters.
All the TIE’s were dry-brushed with Russian Topside Blue over the grey areas. Touch-up and highlighting on the wing panels with burnt umber. (The actual models for the first movie were originally painted blue, but changed to grey when difficulties were discovered doing the bluescreen work!)
Green Squadron X-Wings and Blue Squadron Y-Wings for my own Gold Task Force with yellow noses and engine rings. Each ship is distinguished with it’s own astromech colour. And the turrets on the Y-Wings highlighted to stand out more.
There will be more TIE fighters and X-Wings painted in the near future when these squadrons get brought up to strength – as soon as my FLGS, Pandemonium, receives its restock of the Core Sets along with the Wave 2 expansions.
Edit: note that it took a lot of applied google-fu to find images of the backside of a TIE Advanced! One image shows the engine glow on 4 small round exhaust ports on the fuselage ball; however, there are no corresponding ports on the model to paint. Another screenshot from a game shows the 2 stripes as painted here and fit on the model.