Amidst a never-ending pandemic that has effectively put paid to any future family income for the foreseeable future (... I'll spare you the details as my writer's mind will likely embellish it to become a story worthy of a Taiwanese melodramatic soap opera sobfest, trust me on this, those can be real tear-jerkers ...), there is thankfully the little island of calm that is my hobby workstation. And on it, crawling along at a snail's pace, is the 1/12 scale Scout Trooper with its latest progress posted below.
|Scout Trooper Work-in-Progress: Head, Neck, Upper/Mid-Torso (Painted & Assembled)|
|Color scheme-wise it's all an interplay between the whites and off-whites ...|
|... with the blacks and metallic hues taking a backstage to that said interplay |
In more ways than one, the Bandai Star Wars Scout Trooper is turning out to be an excellent kit. With its inherently detailed parts, it has the potential to look good even if only a few selected parts are painted. Heck, the kit still looks pretty good without any painting done on it at all. As for the paint job so far, you can color me satisfied with just how well the whites and off-whites play off each other.
|From left to right: Scout Trooper's Neck/Helmet, Upper/Mid-Torso and Neck |
If you've been following the progress of this project you might remember that I had inadvertently forgotten to panel-line the grooves on the Scout Trooper's backpack. That little misstep has been rectified (see below) and the back view of the Scout Trooper's Upper/Mid-Torso looks so much the better for it. It's great what just a little panel lining can do to increase depth on a part.
|Side view (from right) of the Scout Trooper's Head, Neck, Upper/Mid-Torso sub-assembly|
|Panel lining added a great deal more depth to the Scout Trooper's backpack|
|Back view of the Scout Trooper's Head, Neck, Upper/Mid-Torso sub-assembly|
|Scout Trooper's Shoulders, Arms, Elbow and Hands will be added later|
|Side view (from left) of the Scout Trooper's Head, Neck, Upper/Mid-Torso sub-assembly|
Admittedly this post has been a bit of a cheat seeing that the only new painted piece was the small Neck section as the Head/Helmet and Upper/Mid-Torso sections were already completed earlier, and used here only for the sub-assembly process. Outside of the hobby, it's been a pretty depressing few weeks so I guess this its an opportune time, if any, for a 'cheat post'. Another week is almost over, so that means I'm going to leave you with this quote by protagonist Frank Murphy from the animated show F is for Family ... “I hate my life, but I keep on doing it!”