Take a look at our seven easy steps on how to paint and base the Rebel Troopers from Star Wars: Legion for beginners using the Army Painter color match system!
Star Wars: Legion comes with ready to assemble models for both factions, giving players the opportunity to paint and customize their favorite factions. Take a look at this quick and easy run through of how to paint the Rebel Troopers in a Desert fatigue scheme, and then be sure to scroll down and press play on the video below to see the entire thing!
Step 1: Assembly and Primer
The models do need to be assembled and glued down to a base prior to any painting. For assembly, the arms slot easily into the torsos, and glue is highly recommended to keep them in place. If you have extra bases and want to do some nice terrain work on the permanent bases, then it is recommended to glue the models to different ones. Otherwise, a little drop of superglue on each foot will glue them down just fine.
Priming, this tutorial uses the Army Painter system, starting with Fur Brown, as it has a fantastic color match to other paints in the line. Never prime inside unless you have a good ventilation system! Always prime minis in a highly ventilated area, preferably outside. To prime, spray in short, controlled bursts while moving the can in one direction across the model. Keep the nozzle a good distance away from the miniature to prevent clumping on the mini. Let sit for a few minutes until dry then flip and spray the other side!
Step 2: Base Coat
After priming the model, the next step is to base coat and block in colors with smooth, even painting in one to two coats. The first color used here is Army Painter Monster Brown, blocking in the fatigues and brim of the hat. Army Painter Stone Golem is next, blocking in the sleeves and beard. Corpse Pale is added to the face to block in the flesh tone. Necromancer Cloak is used to block in the boots and some of the pieces on the backpack.
The gun is blacked out with Matt Black from Army Painter, contrasting with Gun Metal on edges.
Step 3: Gloss Spray and Wash
Using the same skills as priming, spray down the model with a gloss or semi-gloss spray. The gloss coat is done prior to the wash to allow the wash to flow easier. For washing the model, put some of the wash either in a water bottle lid of on the palette for easy access. Using a brush that will hold plenty of the wash, either wedge or pointed tip, apply the Strong Tone to everything. Push the wash into the recesses, getting it into crevices. The gloss coat will help prevent the wash from building up on flat surfaces. If there is excess, dab it away with a damp brush.
Step 4: Highlights
Time to build those highlights back up! Using Monster Brown, which was the base coat, apply thin coats over flat areas you that catch the light. This will help build back a little highlight, contrasting with the areas the wash was in. The same step goes for Stone Golem on the sleaves and beard. Castle Grey is used as a highlight for Necromancer Cloak, picking out the raised edges and places light will shine and catch. Tanned Flesh will be used on the Fur Brown, picking out and bringing up those highlights.
Step 5: Basing with Coarse Pumice
Vallejo Coarse Pumice is a great texture for your bases. You can also use sand mixed with PVA (Elmer’s white) glue to get the same texture type effect. Apply onto the Base with a flat spreader, then apply a primer once the texture is completely dry. For vehicle bases or other bases with firing arcs, you can use the same tool to notch out the firing marks when the texture starts to set.
This is easy with Star Wars: Legion models, as the firing arcs are set into the base itself. The bases are then primed with Desert Yellow.
Step 6: Drybrushing
Drybrushing on textured bases is fantastic to apply highlights quickly across the raised edges of the base. Using Matt White, get some on the brush and brush some of the paint off so the bristles aren’t too loaded. Then, in a single direction, move the drybrush over the base with gentle pressure. The paint will deposit onto the upper edges of the texture and apply a layer of highlight with very little work. The Desert Yellow, in a dropper bottle, is then applied via drybrush as well. This will build texture and apply highlight and contrast as well. Finally, apply another layer of white. Be sure to keep going in one single direction each time, or the texture will be odd.
Step 7: Clean Up & Basing the Miniature
The easiest way to get the miniature off the previous base, carefully use a hobby knife to slice the feet straight off the base. Press the knife against the base and, angling slightly down, apply firm pressure AWAY from yourself, towards the model. If you used a small drop of glue to apply the model, the foot will pop right off the base fairly easily. Always cut AWAY from yourself to prevent injury (stitches from X-acto knife cuts aren’t fun). To attach the miniature to the base, use a little hobby glue. Finally, when the miniature is on the base, paint the lip of the base with black or brown. Seal the miniature and base with Anti-Shine Matt Varnish by the Army Painter.
Finally, add final details in the way of grass Tufts to bring out the character of the desert landscape.
There we go! Seven easy steps, using the Army Painter system, to paint up Rebel Troopers easily! Be sure to check out the entire process by pressing play on the video below!