|AT-ST pilot/driver (to be seated on the right) work-in-progress|
|AT-ST pilot/driver (to be seated on the left) work-in-progress|
Apart from the pilots' face, visor and helmet strap, everything else was painted using lacquer paints. This I usually wouldn't do. But with Bandai's color guide referencing only GSI Creos Mr Color lacquer paints, combined with the fact I'm itching to use my new airbrush setup - something I'm doing only with lacquer paints for now - I used Mr Color paints on the figurines.
|Visually there isn't any distinguishing feature between either pilots/drivers|
|Figures received a combination of lacquer and acrylic paints via airbrush and hand brush|
Because the pilots will largely be hidden from view in the final build, I kept things simple with any depth provided only by a wash which was applied after a protective clear coat had been applied over the basecoat of colors. Essentially this is what I did:
(a) Helmet - Mr Color Khaki Green (054), airbrushed;
(b) Visor and helmet strep - Vallejo Model Color Black (169), hand painted;
(c) Skin - Vallejo Model Color Rose Brown (038), Light Flesh (006), flesh wash, hand painted;
(d) Seat belt straps - Mr Color Dark Green 2 (023), airbrushed;
(e) Uniform - Mr Color White (001):RLM75 Grey Violet (1:1), a pinch of Black (002), airbrushed;
(f) Boots and gloves - Mr Color Black (002), hand painted;
(g) Vallejo Polyurethane Satin Varnish, hand painted;
(h) Tamiya Panel Line Accent Color - Black:Grey (2:1), hand painted.
|Pilots' back weren't well defined paint-wise because they aren't going to be visible in the final build|
To give you an idea of how small these 1/48 scale AT-ST pilots/drivers, they were placed next to the same old, same old i.e. a paperclip and a five sen coin. Anyway, do permit me one final rant about these figurines. In addition to how stiff both pilots looked, their proportions were not very good too. Rant over. I'm just hoping they won't look so bad once seated in the assembled cockpit interior.
|Scale comparison using the good old paperclip and five sen coin|
There was one other detail that needed sorting out. AT-ST pilots wore uniforms with Galactic Empire insignia patches on both shoulders. Initially I thought I could use the decals provided on the pilots. However, the decals turned out to be too big so I'm guessing these are meant for other uses. As to what those are I have no idea because no visual guide was provided and I can't read the Japanese instructions. In the end I simply doodled an unintelligible design using a 0.05 mm copic multiliner. At this scale and partially hidden from view, I figured that drawing an actual insignia wasn't worth it.
|Choices were to either use decals or doodle the Galactic Empire insignia on the pilots' uniform|
|But all decals of the Galactic Empire insignia were to big for the uniform's shoulder patch|
|In the end the 'insignia' was nothing more than a rough doddle with the copic liner|
Isolated as they are in the photos above, both pilots are visually boring in the extreme. In theory, they should look much better once seated inside a fully assembled and painted cockpit interior (which you can see in a previous post). That will be determined for sure in the next work-in-progress update post. Until then, thanks so much for taking the time to read this post and enjoy the weekend. Cheers!