A glimpse into my scale modeling hobby

This is the Kit You’re Looking For

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I finally got around to finishing the 1/12 Sandtrooper kit from Bandai, and it looks great! The steps of the build were very similar to the standard stormtrooper kit, but the extra weapons, the pauldron, and the backpack added enough of a different touch to make the build a unique experience.

IMG_0162Here are a couple thoughts on my finishing choices:

-I used Pledge wax for a gloss finish over the decals and to give the base shiny trooper look. This is where I stopped with the standard trooper.

-I did not want to over weather the armor because I thought that the Sandtroopers would still try to keep their armor as clean as possible in a harsh environment. I could not, however, resist giving this guy a dirty look so I used some weathering powders sparingly to give the appearance of dirt and sand. This gave just the right amount of wear that couldn’t be polished out no matter how hard he tried.

-Finally, I finished the whole piece with a clear dull coat. This was my attempt to simulate years in an environment not conducive to anything looking good.

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These Bandai kits are too fun, and I fortunately have been able to grab some on eBay for very reasonable prices. I guess that whole embargo thing didn’t really work out, Disney and Revell…

Next time you hear from me, I will have pictures from a new workspace! We rearranged our whole basement to make room for a new baby in April, so my workbench moved. I should have some good updates on the Tri-Motor soon.

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2 responses

  1. Anonymous

    Hey, a quick tip on weathering: If you want to simulate sand or mud, a good way to do it is to apply a thin wash in your choice of color, and then sprinkle powdered artist’s chalk over the wash in areas such as joints, panels, et cetera. I’m not too familiar with the conditions the sandtroopers would be exposed to, but I would imagine they wouldn’t be able to rid themselves of all dirt and grime, no matter how hard they may try.

    January 13, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    • Thanks for the tip! I am always looking for ways to improve.

      January 13, 2016 at 9:59 pm

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