Here we have the Bandai 1:48 scale Snowspeeder from Star Wars Episode 8 the Empire Strikes back. This speeder makes its appearance in the iconic battle of Hoth engaging the Imperial AT-AT’s.
The kit, as always with Bandai goes together really nice with great detail.
Painting was fairly simple. Primed and pre-shaded with a light gray base coat. The real challenge was weathering.
Weathering for me is always a balancing act, too much and it looks a mess. Too little and the effort is wasted. Thankfully my client for this build gave me the instruction “Dirty as hell!”
Chipping was painted on the kit with a sponge and brush.
A gloss coat was first applied over the base coat and chipping, this is to firstly protect the underlying paintwork and secondly to make the next step easier.
Using 502 Abteilung Starship Filth oil paint I applied a “gunk wash” to the whole model. Once the kit is coated with the oil paint ( it’s kinda scary at this point ) I used a lint free cloth cut into sections and removed most of the paint. This added depth and a used look, the paint is left in the nooks and crannies.
After the oil is dried, God that takes a long time! I gave the model 2 satin coats, this is both to seal in the oils and provide a good base for the enamels.
Enamel filters were used to pick out some panels and give some tonal variations. Another satin coat is applied.
Streaking effects from Mig Ammo were used and pigments were applied to panel lines.A matt coat was sprayed to seal in all the work.
The base was simply primed white with a blue pre-shade and thin coat of flat white.
All in all a great kit to work on.