Friday, 12 December 2014

476 - X-Wing Z-95 Headhunter Quick Repaint - W-i-P

For the first time in a long while, I painted this evening. Just a quick repaint of a Z-95, but a little something at least, in a very quiet month.

[NB: Please excuse the odd colours - blogger's being a pain.]

This Headhunter model arrived damaged (the bottom thrusters at the stern are compressed up, as is the entire rump, which gives its wings and its weapons a slightly downward pitch) but I took rather a shine to it, so I've decided to mark it out for use with unique pilots - particularly Lt Blount:



On account of its oddly retro downwards slope, I've christened it the 'Saab-95'. You can't really see the malformation here, and unsurprisingly Fantasy Flight Games sent a replacement from America within a week. Of course, I've yet to weather it - especially the nose cone.

I stole ideas for the design from the 'Scum and Villainy' card for N'dru Suhlak, via Rob's Jedi Miniatures [link here - he does it awfully, awfully well], and - having looked at it again for the purposes of this post - I've just realised I'll have to change it rather more tto make it look less like Suhlak's hotrod.

Bugger.

Ho-hum...

...at least I've got some painting done!

- Drax.

10 comments:

  1. Lovely job Drax - this is another of those games I'm madly tempted by, and your enthusiasm for it shines through with your recent run of posts - its infectious!

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    1. Oh, Muppet - it really is a wonderfully easy (and surprisingly addictive) game!

      I particularly love the different ways you can play it - whether or not your opponent wants to play in the same way. It's super-brilliant for narrative games though...

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  2. I love it! Definitely gives it a load of personality.

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    1. Thanks! Its Saab-y shape sets it aside anyway, but now the Empire will know exactly which Headhunter to take out!

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  3. It looks like Dino from the Richard Scarey books. How kool is that ?!?!

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    1. Yes. Yes, you're right.

      Yes.

      Brilliant.

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  4. Hehe! That is definitely a Saab :-) Some nice touches with the paint job though, it has a lot of character.

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    1. Cheers, Paul. Now it's absolutely BOUND to last for the entirety of the next game...

      ...right?

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  5. That looks great mate. Though we found the Headhunter to be rather woeful ingame...

    Yeah, that's right - my mate bought the starter set and some extra ships and I (finally) got to play this game. VERY fun - saying that though, the models are bloody expensive!

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    1. Headhunters are absolutely great for Rebels if (a) you need some more models on the table (even a basic X-Wing is sooo bloody expensive in points) or (b) you need a cheap missile-delivery system, or even (c) if you want some auto-damage (Lt. Blount with assault missiles) or free bonuses (Airen Craken with cluster missiles and two therefore two free actions to dole out).

      Mostly though, I love flying them as escorts for Y-Wings: two aging warbirds struggling through together.

      If it helps, my mate (who has bankrolled most of our gaming so far) has a policy of spending no more than £7 (incl. P&P) for a basic ship. If you're canny, you can find bargains, I promise. For example, he found me two Z-95s for just £16 delivered.

      He even got an extra core set for under fifteen quid! Now that IS good going...

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