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Painting guide

Feel the power of the Dark Side as our multi-part guide on bringing the impressive Star Wars miniatures game to life kicks off with advice on helping the Empire Strike Back


This month we’re travelling to a galaxy far, far away to apply a few licks of paint to the Galactic Empire’s finest, Star Wars: Legion. The latest tabletop venture into the Star Wars universe puts you in command of the forces of the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance using miniatures of some of the series’ most iconic heroes, villains and troops. It’s those miniatures, and how to paint them, that we’ll be taking a look at.

The sculpts are gorgeous, with an attention to detail that makes them feel like they have been pulled straight out of the movies. Everything is crisp and clear, which really helps with the painting process, but don’t let that fool you. There are still a large amount of mould lines and, as they tend to follow the lines of the model, some can be tricky to spot. Poses are another issue. The majority of the models are snap-fit, providing one pose for each figure, which leads to a repetitive look to the squads. The AT-ST, however, has a wonderful range of movement. Each leg is made up of four pieces, providing a whole host of options for posing. I must have had it in at least a dozen different poses before I settled on the one I wanted.

I also want to touch on the scale, with the models being made at a 35mm level. This is larger than what you may be used to in wargaming, but I think it’s a great thing. The proportions of the models feel perfect and there’s no denying that they make more of a statement on the tabletop, especially in the case of the AT-ST, which towers over everything else. It might make them trickier to transport, but I think it’s a fair trade-off for the striking look.

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