Here are the first five in a Storm Trooper squad of ten: and there’s also a lesson here in finishing what one starts. The remaining five are painted through to the gray of the armor, but that’s all. That's reasonably far along. All I need to do is a few shades lighter on the uniform and the the detailing, but I put them aside for another project a while back and they’ve remained in their lonely corner of the bookshelf since. So close, yet so far away. I’m sure that I’m not the first person in the hobby to have fallen into this common conundrum, and I’m also sure that I won’t be the last. Perhaps as this winter drags on I’ll find the inspiration. Nevertheless, I’m reasonably pleased with how this lot have turned out.
The real challenge with these Storm Troopers resides entirely within the palate. They’re cold weather fighters and I’ve limited the scope of their colors to various shades of gray and blue. Even their goggles and the power cords on their guns are restricted to these two basic tones. As such, the models appear quite, well, soft but steady in real life. The only real accent colors are the very small bits of red on their electronics, the edges of brass on the guns, and (most importantly) the flesh tones on their hands.
For me, these skin tones really accentuate the humanity of the figures –remind us that they are still just the fragile but relatively potent exemplars of the Imperial Guard: no more, no less.
Otherwise, I’ve painted these models rather cleanly. They are designed to be Elites, and therefore the most orderly, efficient members of my Valhallans, who are otherwise barely keeping it together at the seams. More on my version of the basic Imperial Trooper in coming weeks, but keep an eye out later this week for a few flaking machines from the Motor Pool.
By the way, am I correct for thinking that these models are now defunct? And that GW has abandoned them for the older iteration they replaced? If so, that’s a shame. I think these models are absolutely brilliant.
p.s. just found an excellent mathammer article on the subject of Storm Troopers from Menzies Tank at 512th Cadian.