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Painting guide

After taking on the Empire last month, we continue to make the Star Wars miniatures game live up to its cinematic vision with our tips on perfecting the Rebel Alliance


We return to the Star Wars universe once again, this time to paint the noble freedom fighters of the Rebel Alliance for Star Wars: Legion.

The Rebel models are much the same as the Empire troops – although, since they lack the rigid, hardlined armour of the stormtroopers, there aren’t any of the mould line issues found there. The Rebels only required a light clean before they were ready for the brush. Construction was nice and simple, minus a few fiddly bits on the AT-RT legs, with all of the connection points matching up well. All except the Duros trooper. Everything I have built so far has a very sizable gap in the arms that required filling.

The sculpts are, once again, wonderful. The small details, like the helmets and blasters on the troopers, give them that iconic Star Wars look. The vehicles are perfect and look exactly like their movie counterparts, which you would expect from Fantasy Flight, the publisher that has produced so many accurate Star Wars spaceship models.

I have to admit I had a bit more difficulty tackling this guide than I did the Empire, but in a good way. The Rebels offer much more freedom in how they are painted but also offer more reason to link them to a suitably thematic base. I ended up selecting the scheme as an opposite to the Empire, going from lush forests to a fairly barren desert. You’ll notice a lot of similar colours used in each stage to help blend the overall theme into one by keeping the tones consistent across the models. The base was included in this, to amplify the idea that the Rebels are camouflaged.

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