If you like to keep your repaints easy and quick but still want to have your own customized space cruiser for your upcoming tournament, you came to the right place.
The first part of this (hopefully) ongoing series focused on the re-emerged TIE bomber and how to change your old original ship to the newly introduced Imperial Veterans version.
Today I want to keep it even simpler and just change the colour of the squad markings on an ordinary T-7o X-Wing from blue to red. Surely I’m not the only who is bothered by flying his factory standard blue X-Wing into battle with the “Red Ace” pilot card next to it…
Luckily enough we can easily change his appearance and we only need a few things to do so. First of all we would want to choose the colour that we have in mind. In my example I used a red layer colour from the Citadel range called Evil Sunz Scarlet. I like this shade of red for my most basic and vivid red tones as it really complements the beige tone of the basic model and forms the most typical deep red. I also used a metallic silver (Leadbelcher from the Citadel range) to enhance some of the engine parts, the cockpit, the guns and to add some details to my integrated astromech.
I used only one detail brush for the entire repaint to keep it as simple as possible. If you need some more advice on brushes and paints you can head over to my Painting Tools page and hopefully find what you are looking for. If not, let me know in the comments 🙂 And if you are looking for some general advice you might want to check out my article on first repaints.
One last thing before we start the repaint: Recently I have been using a wet cosmetic sponge to “erase” any painting mistakes and found that especially for little projects like this it is very handy to have at the ready. You can pick a bunch of these up at a drug store for a few bucks. (Unfortunately I haven’t found a smaller amount than 16, just give the rest to your wife/girlfriend ;))
If you spill over your lines, simply use the wet sponge (submerge fully in water and squeeze out most of the liquid) to wipe off the excess paint. You will have to be quick about it so the paint doesn’t get a chance to dry. It’s better to wipe off too much paint and try it again after than leaving the rough looking edges on the model. If you don’t have a cosmetic sponge handy you can always use a traditional sponge, but they do tend to soak up a lot more water and don’t come in this ready to use perfect shape 😀
Alright, this took long enough, let’s start the repaint already!
Wash your model with a little dish soap in warm water. This step might be obsolete as the release agent that is applied during the casting process might be taken off, since these miniatures come prepainted anyway. But it definitely can’t hurt to give your X-Wing models a quick rinse and dry to provide a clean, dust free canvas to work with. The paint will adhere a lot better to a clean surface.
Add water to your paint! As always I can’t stress this point enough… Find the right consistency for your paint by adding water or a thinning medium. I use water for most of my paints and an airbrush medium for any metallic paints. In this case I wanted my paint to be a little more fluid and used a 50:50 mix with water. Try it out on the back of your hand or a paper towel until you find your preferred fluidity (what a beautiful word).
Start painting! Take a small detail brush and apply the first coat of paint right over top of your blue squadron markings. Have your wet sponge ready and start with the least visible parts of the ship (in this case the underside of the wings), just in case you make any mistakes or your paint turns out to be the wrong shade or consistency.
Because I chose not to use any painting tape for this repaint I had to be very careful to stay inside the lines of the blue base colour. This is were the sponge came in handy multiple times 😛 It takes a bit of practice and a lot of patience to get the details right the first time. One very important thing to remember is to really take your time and change the angles of your brush and rotate your model frequently in order to best reach the areas you want to paint. Always put the model down if you can, to provide maximum stability.
Red is not the easiest colour to paint and you might need several coats, depending on the thickness of the paint. This is what my model looked like after the first coat:
You’ll notice the coverage is not very even on most parts and a little of the blue is still showing through. Time to apply a few more coats 😉
Paint again! As in, apply another coat of paint and see how you go. I did two full coats of red and a third coat on parts of the ship to smooth it out. The results are not perfect but definitely good enough so you don’t notice the imperfections on the table.
Adding some details. In this case I just added some metallic silver for the guns, engine, cockpit and some details on the droid. Now would be the time for some battle damage too if you felt like it. Or some fancy star reflections on the cockpit! I decided to keep this one as simple as possible to stay within the frame of my articles.
And there you go! Another very simple repaint to make this ship your own 🙂 Let me know what you think in the comments and feel free to drop me a line about suggestions for future articles. You can also contact me on Twitter, Instagram or Google Plus.
I hope you enjoyed this article, stay tuned for the next episode of “How to do simple X-Wing repaints”. Until then…
May the paint be with you