Distractions and Repainting X-Wing ships

Summer is nearly over in the States, and again, my production has been sparse. I have a good excuse, the same one many of you in blog land have. Real Life.

It is a shame the Real Life can’t conspire to paint our models, or finish that terrain piece. Or pieces. I have many in various stages of progress that Real Life could finish any time it wanted to, I won’t complain. This Real Life event has kept me away from my painting desk, my terrain table (spoiled, I know!) or gaming. I’ve been preoccupied and busy, and haven’t done a whole lot.

Not that most of you care about the why, but here it is anyways. My Princess is heading off to college/university this week, and so I have not had the mojo to sequester myself in the basement when we could be making memories. I did this four years ago with my son, and it was tough. He was my soccer fan, shooting, 40K, Bolt Action companion. And now the other half of my kiddos is heading out.

Mornings have been full of Star Wars Rebels and The Bad Batch, and lots of discussions on characters, ships, plots and future stories in our favorite galaxy far, far away. She gets Star Wars, and knows as much if not more, than I do. She has a phenomenal memory for characters and traits and plots. So, we sit and watch and I complain because I am not to the end yet, and she smirks because she is all caught up and knows what comes next. We laugh, and sometimes cry, miss characters lost, futures that won’t be, and all of the story that is Star Wars. Time well spent.

Evenings have been spent watching Supernatural and sharing Daredevil (the tv series) with her and my wife. Or rewatching favorite movies. After watching Revenge of the Sith my wife looked over at us and said “you know you talked through the entire movie, right?

Of course, we did. We talked about Anakin and Padme, and Obi-wan and Satine. And Corky. And Mandalorians, Mandalore, The Scouring and how it fits into the timeline. We discussed who was where and when. She kept trying to figure out Clone commanders and lamenting the death of all of her favorite clones. Fives will never be forgotten. We enjoyed Yoda in all his saber-flashing glory. Of Anakin’s fall. Hope lost. Sadness. Misery. And the twins. All of it.

And every day that passed brought me closer to the day I’ll help her set up her dorm room, and make the 1600-mile trek home. Without my Star Wars and DnD buddy. Watching Andor will not be the same. Nor will watching whatever is next. She is a next-level fan and very few around me can match her knowledge and enthusiasm.

No one really warns you about this when you have kids. Eighteen years is a long time in the future, right?

Hardly enough time at all.

College. Post grad work. Marriage. A job. She has so many things to look forward to, and her future is incredibly bright.

Mine is just a little dimmer without her light on the couch next to me whenever we want to put on a bit of Star Wars. And it is gonna be hard to deal with.

She is a busy kid, and there were times when I did have a few minutes to myself. I did get a couple things done. Mostly a couple repaints of ships for the game X-Wing. I found a YouTube channel by a chap named Jay Adan. He repaints X-Wing ships, and does a fine job of it. Two of his videos inspired me to make my own attempts. I ordered a couple used (i.e., cheap) ships off eBay or used model sites and got tucked in. Here are the results.

First is a partial repaint of a TIE Phantom. In the game of X-Wing, the Phantom has the ability to cloak and disappear. Nasty little surprise when it happens. This paint is as it begins to cloak. Painting black over the area to cloak, then some electrical/cloaking effects. Finally, I added a bit of the starfield that shows through the cloaked machine. It was pretty quick to do, and ended up way better than I expected.

Second was a set of standard TiEs painted in a black scheme. Mr. Adan used a mask to make the white Imperial symbol. And he used an airbrush. I used neither. I rattle-canned the model black with Testor’s black spray, then applied white decals I found on eBay, before some dry brushing, highlights, and detail work. While Mr. Adan did a single TIE, I went a step further and painted a wingman. In fact, I picked up several more TiEs and a Devastator to paint in the same scheme. Then I can field a unique squadron in a custom paintjob. I think the effect will be quite stunning when the group is finished.

The last ship is a Y-Wing that came originally in the Scum faction paint scheme from the Most Wanted box. The ship was mostly a light cream of tan with some parts in a coppery color. I added a blue over parts, repainted the astromech, and used a dark wash to dirty it up. Y-Wings are all over the place on the secondary marked and I wanted one that looked cobbled together from the wreckage of two or three ships.  It looks the part.

Lastly, I dug out a wild west bank I started ages ago. I crafted a base from a floor tile, and started adding a wood floor and the boardwalk around the building. I didn’t get far on this project, and look to finally get this one completed sometime next month.

That’s it for this update. Not a lot of hobby time, but as much daddy-daughter time as I could fit it.

But not nearly enough…

Sad BG out


8 thoughts on “Distractions and Repainting X-Wing ships

  1. Talaraskan August 17, 2022 / 8:40 pm

    A very sweet post. I have no children myself but it’s clear you’ve got a special bond with both of them. I can imagine it’s a bittersweet time but it’s lovely that you’ve shared hobbies with them.

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    • borderguy190 August 18, 2022 / 7:02 am

      Thanks Talaraskan. We have had many good experiences. Hopefully we will have many more.

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  2. Dave Stone August 18, 2022 / 6:57 am

    It’s great that you can share this bond with your daughter Harry, and don’t worry from my experience the conversations just get longer, when you do get to talk.
    The repaints look great, and some unique looking ships. Some very nice progress on the bank, and great attention to detail.

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    • borderguy190 August 18, 2022 / 7:03 am

      Thank you Dave. I sure hope so. I really enjoy repainting X-Wing ships. Problem is I don’t need anymore. Lol. But I want to paintb many more!

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  3. John@justneedsvarnish August 19, 2022 / 4:22 pm

    Well Harry I can’t think of a better reason for not managing to get any hobby time in! We haven’t got kids but I agree completely with Talaraskan’s comment above! The TIEs are really nice, especially the cloaking effect! Here’s hoping the college/university experience goes well for you all! 🙂

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    • borderguy190 August 20, 2022 / 10:09 am

      Thanks, John. Not complaining, just musing. I really enjoy repainting X-Wing minis. They take paint well, have lots of detail, and are just fun to paint. Do I really need 20 TiEs/lns? No. Will I end up with at least that many? Probably! And thank you! She is excited but stressed, understandably.

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  4. rantingsfromunder August 24, 2022 / 12:48 pm

    The best of luck to your daughter, it is hard when the kids move out (even harder when they don’t! 😉), Neither of my boys are big SW fans, one is more a Marvel fan (which is OK with me), the other (still at home) doesn’t really watch TV of films at all, if it doesn’t come though his PC he don’t watch it!.

    Love X wing, and your repaints are brilliant, I love the Y wing, but then I just love Y wings anyway probably my “fave” fighter from the franchise, always have since I saw the original back in the seventies!

    Cheers Roger.

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  5. borderguy190 August 31, 2022 / 1:36 pm

    Thank you, Roger! She is settled in and going on day 3 in university. Her roommate seems great, the dorm floor is full of friendly girls, and she has successfully found her classes! lol

    The Y-wing was the starfighter I had as a kid. Which I stupidly sold in high school… along with all my figs and a freaking Millennium Falcon. yes, I kick myself frequently…

    While we were gone another shipment of X-wing ships arrived, ready to repaint! So there will be more in the future.



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