Unboxing Star Wars Legion – Leia Organa

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//z-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/onejs?MarketPlace=USToday I got to crack open the Leia Organa box for the Star Wars Legion miniatures game by Fantasy Flight Games and take a look at the contents.

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What a great little kit!

I’m not familiar with the game, but I do know minis, and I know that our favorite sci-fi princess getting into the action on the tabletop is something I’ve waited a long time for!

Let’s dive into the assembled figure!

Leia Organa comes in three parts:

  • Head/torso/legs
  • Open left hand
  • Right hand gripping blaster pistol

The mold lines were really nicely hidden by the trim on the trousers and the side of the boots.

The only really noticeable mold lines are those on the inside of the trousers and the ones at the outside of the boots. Shave those down with the back end of your hobby knife and you’ll be good to go!

You may also remember in the video that my blaster tip was aiming up, warped just a tiny bit.

After a little dip in some hot water, I was able to bend the tip of the blaster pistol into a straight line. Awesome!

It’s a fun little pose, but I wish she looked more like a leader, and less like a frontline fighter.

Like I mention in my video review, the pose on the box cover looks a lot cooler than the one they ended up with, but it’s still Leia, so I can’t really complain haha!

For her points and the abilities she brings to the table, I really think Leia Organa is a worthy and maybe even essential addition to a Rebel Commander looking to make the most of the fighters on the table. Check her out!

Thanks for reading, everyone!

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Retributor Armor Primer Review

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The Emperor’s Golden Boys.

I purchased my can of Retributor Gold Spray Primer a few months back, but I hadn’t had the chance to use it until today.

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Except for my Goldfinger, this thing worked like a dream! It covers exceptionally well and is not watery at all, a complaint I had about the old Shining Gold. In those days, you HAD to have an undercoat of some dark brown underneath or else your golden paint wouldn’t stick. Those were dark days.

Now, Games Workshop, among other companies, have developed colored primer that really take the guesswork out of the equation.

Are you painting up a unit of Ultramarines? Boom. GW’s Macragge Blue.

Brood of Blood Angels? Shablamo. GW’s Mephiston Red or Army Painter’s Dragon Red.

Swarm of Skaven? Be like the Warboss and use GW’s Mournfang Brown.

Stack of skeletons? Use Army Painter’s Skeleton Bone because for some reason GW hasn’t released Rakarth Flesh as a primer yet.

No matter what you’re working on, if the models are predominantly one color, either Games Workshop, Army Painter, or some other company has the colored primer for you!

I remember using Modelmaster’s line of silver spray primers to do the giant alien robots in All Quiet on the Martian Front, and I loved it!

Now, Games Workshop is once again taking everyone else’s lunch money by releasing a gold that covers beautifully and looks like the brush on product of the same name.

“But Warboss,” You might be saying, “I don’t collect Adeptus Custodes! What would I use this product for?”

Here are some other applications for this awesome product:

  • Stormcast Eternals!
  • Spray your old High Elves and paint the plumes red (a la Custodes). Those are Chrace’s colors. What’s Chrace? Only the most martial of the Elven nations and home of the White Lions.
  • 40k MINOTAURS! Forgeworld will hook you up.
  • Give yourself the Goooldfingaaah!

This product will drastically cut down your painting time if you collect a predominantly gold army. Now, if only GW would release Balthazar Gold as a primer, you could wash that with Agrax Earthshade and have a pretty nice brass color. Perfect for Khorne warriors or knights, or Kharadron (sp?) Overlords.

Anywho, thanks for stopping by! I give this product two goldthumbs up! Now, I’m off to wash my hands!

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Primaris Chaplain Review

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Here comes the man in black

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Post YouTube video observations:

  • You don’t need to ONLY use the Chaplain section of the transfer sheet for your Chaplain and nothing else. It’s two Ultramarine symbols, a Roman numeral 2, 4, a red skull (which can symbolize a veteran), and two Aquilas. Nothing is exclusively Chaplain-related.
  • His hanging nipple parchments (I don’t know what else to call them) are going to be so much fun to freehand. The artist who did the studio model really seemed to have fun with it, and I can’t wait to do it, myself.
  • I remember the crazius arcanum used to be described as a small rod with an Aquila at the end! This opens up the floodgates to simply convert your own chaplains by taking any long handled hand weapon (say, an axe), chopping off the head and replacing it with a skull bit! Hmmmm…potential future chop shop video?

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Primaris Captain Review

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“Let’s go…THATAWAY!!!”

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This one really isn’t too terrible. The thing you have to consider with these minis is how much will you be using what’s on the figure? Unless you’re going to convert your optimal loadout, you’ll be playing with a Bolter/power sword and an iron halo when you put this guy on the table.

Not really a dealbreaker, just something to think about. Besides, completionists who want to collect all of the Primaris figures don’t really have too much to grumble about, as this guy does look pretty cool.

Captains holding aloft a sword and leading the charge are iconic of the romantic depiction of war in art throughout the centuries. You see this pose in paintings, in movies, on sculptures, and of course, in your Miniatures.

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Primaris Veteran Sergeant Review

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Celebrating 30 years of Grimdark!

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I really like this mini.

Was it necessary? No!

Am I glad that it was made? Yes!

What else would you have had them release for the 30th anniversary of Warhammer 40k?

An exclusive Chaos Space Marine? A super kitted out Ork warboss? Maybe a special edition Commissar Cain???

Nope! We’re riding this Primaris train til the wheels fall off, baby!

Seriously, I dig it. The audacity of dropping a special edition figure that looks like every other Primaris figure is just so GW, I can’t be mad at them!

If only it was in Finecast…

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Primaris Intercessor Veteran Sergeant Review

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Celebrating 30 years of Grimdark!

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I really like this mini.

Was it necessary? No!

Am I glad that it was made? Yes!

What else would you have had them release for the 30th anniversary of Warhammer 40k?

An exclusive Chaos Space Marine? A super kitted out Ork warboss? Maybe a special edition Commissar Cain???

Nope! We’re riding this Primaris train til the wheels fall off, baby!

Seriously, I dig it. The audacity of dropping a special edition figure that looks like every other Primaris figure is just so GW, I can’t be mad at them!

If only it was in Finecast…

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Eldar Banshee Review

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Beautiful, deadly, and one heckuva dancer.

If you are working with Finecast, like myself, don’t worry!

A little cleaning and a couple coats of primer will give you a great bunch of minis to paint up.

Finecast issues aside, let’s talk about the Howling Banshees sculpts.

There are basically three poses that the six Banshees come in:

  • Crane kick and aiming the pistol (like in the picture)
  • Crane kick with pistol up, looking to the left
  • Crane kick with pistol up looking to the right

There’s also the Exarch, but I don’t count her, as she’s basically on one leg, like the others, except she’s jumping off a space marine helmet.

Because the posing is so limited, you really want to keep you lines clean and your colors blended!

The hair is great because it’s so textured. You can drybrush the hair with successively brighter red/orange colors, or you can highlight individual strands by picking each one out with a finely tipped brush.

Either works (I hate dry brushing hair so I’ll always paint each strand, if I can!), and it’s really up to the painter’s preference which technique to use.

I am using the Ulthwe color scheme for this commission, so I actually painted the model black and picked out the armor in Rakarth Flesh, rather than basecoating in bone colors and having to pick out the bodysuit in black.

Again, either way is perfectly fine to begin your Banshees.

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