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Galleria Starfleet - Attack Wing Repaints by kritheavix

Galleria Starfleet - Attack Wing Repaints

kritheavix

13 February 2016 at 15:42:03 MST

It doesn't take some kind of wiz kid to tell you that WizKids' Attack Wing miniatures are kind of terrible. The scale's all over the place, the sculpts are often bordering on the unusable and when you get a ship that doesn't snap tiny struts when you're trying to pull it out of the packaging it's often marred with bubbles from casting or ugly flashing that they simply didn't bother to get rid of during quality control. This is to say nothing of the paint jobs that they ship with. Federation ships are universally a pale blue colour for the sake of colour-coding them, which is hideously inaccurate to say the least!

Star Trek: Attack Wing is still the game I wanted since I was a kid. So I suck it up and I get to work, paintbrushes in hand.

The way that the ships are sculpted means that they're very rarely accurate to what we see on screen, which is a conceit to scale I'm prepared to accept. It does mean that the majority of the detail you see painted on them is freehanded, as there's little I can use as a guide other than a variety of reference photos and a little creative interpretation.

From left to right we have a Miranda-class, an Excelsior-class and the Constitution-class. The Miranda's been given the registry of the USS Sapphire, namesake of an RPG group I get to run occasionally. It's probably the standard I'd like to touch up the other two to match as well - once the basic 'white' was done, I went back and painted the panels individually with a light splash of Games Workshop's Ulthuan Grey which, by coincidence, is a perfect Starfleet hull grey. It takes a while, but I think the results are worth it. The Excelsior is actually an old Micro Machines toy from Galoob! It fit the scale much better and has far superior detail to the WizKids sculpt, so it was repurposed to match with the rest of my movie-era fleet.

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    I used to work at a place where it all began as work placement I was only a Designer working on vehicle designs for two new board games one of them was StarTrek The other was War Hammer.

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    I really like the unified gray you gave them all, it always bothered me how strange the sky blue made that Enterprise-A model look. I'm going to have to pick up some Ulthuan Grey to play around with myself!
    Fantastic touch giving the Sapphire the red nacelle tips too!

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      Thank you, sir! I fussed for a while over how to finish off the Sapphire. The Reliant that I painted is as close to movie-accurate as I could make it, including a few of the blue details similar to what the Excelsior has shown here. I wanted the 'plain' Mirandas to look similar, but without as much funk going on. There's been so many of those little ships in the TNG era as well, though, that they eventually seem to be retrofitted with more 'modern' warp nacelles - and this is absolutely what happened in our campaign, at any rate! So she gets the modern look, and I think it sets off the plainness of the rest of the ship rather nicely.

      The white across the ships is incredibly easy to do, too. Spray 'em white, then give them a liberal coat of Nuln Oil. The trick with this is to make sure that the whole miniature is wet as quickly as possible, as if you're doing this on a hot day you're going to end up with tide marks as it starts to dry on certain parts of the model. Then, with your brush still wet and most of the wash wiped off your brush back into the pot, you can start wicking away excess wash and keeping the ship grey rather than black. After that you let the sucker dry, give it a quick drybrush of Ceramite White (best to let it get a little bit tacky on your brush for this) and then, as in the case of the Sapphire, just water down some Ulthuan Grey and paint that over the paneling. It's eeeasy. A little time consuming to get all the square sections on the saucer painted, but satisfying as hell when it's done.