How to do simple X-Wing repaints

Simple X-Wing repaints: Imperial Veterans TIE Bomber

Today I want to show you how a very small and easy change to your X-Wing miniature can make it stand out from the crowd. I chose to focus on the TIE Bomber from the new Imperial Veterans expansion. I guess that many of you are just as excited as I am to finally dust off those old bombers from the shelves and give them some proper table time! Now that ordnance has found a nice and cosy spot in the meta (mainly due to the dominant Jumpmaster builds) it might be time for a comeback of the iconic TIE bomber and maybe even the ‘not so iconic’ TIE shuttle!

New Bomber vs Old Bomber

New Bomber vs Old Bomber

In either case you might have a model or two lying around that could use some up to date war paints πŸ˜‰ I’m going to transform my old bomber pal into one of those newly acquired veteran bombers with the help of a little white and grey paint while keeping it as simple a transformation as possible.

Step 1

Find your model. I know it’s been a while, maybe it’s just hiding out in the back of your shelves or under the skirts of the emperor himself?

Emperor Palpatine B/W

TIE shuttle? too small for the likes of me

Step 2

Get your paints, brushes and other equipment ready! You can find some information about the right tools for the job over on my painting tools page. You will probably need to mix the right white tone for your stripe as I do not recommend to use a pure white as it makes it look a lot less believable. I found that a mix of about 80% white (Ceramite White) and 20% grey (Fenrisian Grey) works best for me. I used a fine detail brush for the painting and a medium sized brush that holds the paint better for mixing the white and grey. Remember to thin your paints to a coffee cream or milk consistency to guarantee the best results.

Step 3

Now that you have found the right colour you can start applying it to the underside of the bomber. Be very careful with this and have a wet tissue/sponge at the ready in case you mess up. The reason for this is because we are going straight over the fabric paint and it’s hard to correct any mistakes if you don’t have the exact base colour of your model at hand. Another reason why the right consistency is so important! If your paint is too fluid it will flow over the desired area and if it’s too dry you will have trouble guiding the brush into tight spots. Practice makes perfect πŸ˜‰

Always start with the least visible part of the ship as you can easily “hide” mistakes this way. I started with the brush you see in the picture and changed to a smaller tipped brush in the process. My favourite brush for this kind of work is a “ooo” sized Kolinsky Sable brush from Newton & Winsor’s Series 7. Head over to the “Brushes” page for some more information.

Step 4

Once you have the underside done you can apply paint carefully to the ordnance pod and cockpit area. I would recommend to paint the stripes on the wings last so you can more easily hold on to the model. The TIE bomber is exceptionally forgiving in this matter as the areas you are painting are all not touching the ground when putting the model down, making it a perfect miniature for beginners.

TIE Bomber painted halfway

Cockpit and ordnance pod are finished

Step 5

Adding the stripes. You can use masking tape in order to get the stripes right but I personally prefer to do it freehand as it allows me to better see the edges in this case. Because you have a very clear and easy path to follow for this particular repaint you might not need to use any tape at all. Make sure you look closely at the Imperial Veteran version in order to match the stripes unless of course you don’t have that miniature or would like something different anyway. I found it easiest to paint the bomber while holding it on a slight angle so that the area for the stripes is clearly visible.

Step 6

This is an optional step I did to add a little bit of flavour to the repaint. I felt they needed a little extra something and decided to paint the Twin Ion Engines in a fancy red. I also tried to add a little glow effect by slightly drybrushing the rim of the engine but have to say that I’m not 100% pleased with that result yet. I might just add a little more red inside the engine later on. But for now this little project is done πŸ™‚

And here is the final result in all it’s glory. A small and simple change but I think it will have the desired effect and now my bombers feel a little more like they belong in the same squad πŸ˜‰ I hope this tutorial will also help you for similar easy projects and maybe inspire you to try your own creative conversions.

As always I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I’m looking forward to hear from you in the comments below.

Happy creating!

May the paint be with you




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