I finished this Shore Trooper back in December, but it seems fitting to write a post about it in the summer. After all, Rogue One enjoyed a nice tropical last third of the movie where these kind of troopers were all over the place.
A couple thoughts about the Shore Trooper in general. This is by far my favorite new trooper design since Disney took over Star Wars. I love the use of color on the armor because it is something new but not new just to be different. It fits the look of the environment really well. The Shore Trooper is also somewhat reminiscent of the Scout Trooper from Return of the Jedi, which was one of my favorite OT designs.
This kit was also my favorite of the Bandai trooper kits so far. The most fun came in painting and weathering this trooper. The box contains three options for the type of trooper you want to build. I decided on the highest ranking trooper, mostly because I liked the color scheme best. As usual, the decals provide the variety of color options, but I knew from past experience that many Bandai decals, especially on round areas like the shoulders, are difficult to work with. Because of this, I masked off the parts that needed the blue paint before I assembled the kit and painted them first. I used a mixture of Tamiya light blue with a little white. Then, a little toothpick work randomly around the paint gave it the chipped look. I did use the decals for the white stripe on the shoulder and the yellow stripe on the arm.After assembly, a couple of grey washes on the armor and sand on the brown pants highlighted the details. A little sand Tamiya weathering powder also gave the folds of the pants some highlighting. I also dirtied up the lower leg armor and boots a little more because of the likely heavy use in beach and brush environments.This is a really great kit, which I would buy more of to make different troopers, if I had endless supplies of money. This one will keep me satisfied though. Definitely grab this kit wherever you can find it!
I was pretty pumped about building this K2-S0 kit from Bandai because he was an instant fan favorite and a classic contribution to the Star Wars universe. As usual with the Bandai kits, everything fit well and hid big seams. I was a little worried about K2’s stability because, as you can see in the pictures, his legs are pretty thin, but the joints are pretty solid and the variety of poses allow for flexible display options.
As I am finding more and more, these kits require a good paint job combined with some of the provided decals to look their best. The molded colors are often decent, but in the case of K2, I went with a full paint job for the weathering features I wanted to use. I started everything in a base coat of chrome silver enamel paint and then used a primarily flat black acrylic coat on top. The black acrylic was really easy to chip and reveal the silver underneath for a scratched look.
I used the decals on a few spots, namely the Imperial logo on the shoulder, the small details on the back, and the arm joints with the yellow band. The most difficult paint area was in the silver arm joints. The kit comes with a clear part to keep the thin arms and legs stable, so I had to do some tricky masking to keep all of those parts from being covered with the black top coat.
I love how lightweight this figure is, and I think it looks great compared to what you could get from the Hasbro Black Series line. The lightweight plastic allows K2 to be easily manipulated into many different display positions. My only complaint is that the neck has fairly limited movement, but overall that is a minor issue. If you can still find this kit lurking around the internet somewhere, get it! It was a blast to build and looks great!
I have sorely neglected an update on this blog for a variety of reasons, but the primary reason is the model community on Instagram. Instagram provides a great platform to share photos of projects and connect with other model builders. I have found it to be a good way to micro blog much of the progress I make on the various builds I have going, as well as a quick and easy tool to see what others are doing and perhaps get some inspiration. If you are at all into models, and why wouldn’t you be if you happen to be reading this, start searching out some of the scale model hobbyists on Instagram and enjoy all of their fantastic pictures.
The allure of recording longer form thoughts, however, still calls me, so I cannot avoid coming back here to share some thoughts about my favorite hobby. I have two completed builds to share on here in the next couple of weeks, as well as some thoughts about a pretty hefty project I am working on, so there is plenty to keep this page busy for a while. For now, I want to stick with a Bandai figure model I finished a few months ago: Rogue One’s iconic Death Trooper.
This kit, along with the Captain Phasma kit, are my two favorites produced by Bandai up to this point (I’m still eyeing the General Grievous kit that just came out as a likely usurper). The kit comes with two different build schemes, a standard trooper or a specialist trooper. I decided to go with the Specialist because he is equipped with more cool-looking gear.
The cool factor is what makes this figure stand out. The Death Trooper is loaded with weaponry and gadgets, which all enhance an already creepy/cool design. I had to do very little paint work other than coats of gloss and flat clear to give it a slightly more realistic and less plastic look. I did a little dry brushing on the weapons, but besides that, this was a fun and quick project.
If I had to make one complaint about this kit, it is the fact that the eyes and mouth pieces are molded in a clear green but that gets completely lost in all the black of the figure. You could probably rig up some lighting to accentuate those more, but lighting does not typically fit my financial or time budgets.
Next up, I will take a look at my recently finished Bandai A-wing model. So, while you are waiting, grab the Death Trooper kit and have some fun!