Friday, October 3, 2008

CC-1138 Commander Bacara (Clone Commander of the 21st Nova Corps)

Commander Bacara was originally trained by one of the few non-Mandalorian instructors, an ex-Journeyman Protector named Cort Davin from the Concord Dawn system. Bacara drew from the traditions of the Protectors, thinking himself a man of law and order. His unit, the Galactic Marines, originally the 21st Nova Corps of the 4th Sector Army (Outer Rim), was made independent as a rapid reaction force under under the joint leadership of Bacara and General Ki-Adi-Mundi. Deployed at Rhen Var, Aargonar, Boz Pity, and Mygeeto, the Marines specialized in boarding and capturing enemy starships as well as planetray assault. The Marines were distingushed by their distinctive visor gear: a synthmesh designed to keep out sand, snow, ash and airborne fungus. An early graduate of the ARC training program, Bacara showed an unusual talent for aggressive tactics and strategy. Although known as one of the more solitary commanders, Bacara maintained a close relationship with Commander Neyo, with whom he developed special tactics and attack patterns for use with the new BARC speeder bikes. Bacara was outspoken and independent, demanding the absolute best from his men. He would unilaterally reassign Marines who did not meet his expectation, much to the consternation of General Ki-Adi-Mundi. The two leaders maintained a contentious relationship, right up to the battle of Mygeeto, during which Commander Bacara and his men executed Order 66, killing the Jedi General.

Parts: Head (Commander Bacara), Torso (SA Clone Trooper), Arms (SA Clone Trooper), Legs (SA Clone Trooper), Shoulder Pauldron (Commander Bacara), Equipment Belt & Kama (Commander Bacara), Blaster Rifle (SA Clone Trooper).

Supplies: X-acto knife, super glue, Testors Gloss-Cote, Paints and Brushes.

Reference: Pictures and information from the Official site and Star Wars Insider.

Step One: First, I removed the head and equipment belt from the Super-articulated Clone Trooper.

Step Two: I then put the Bacara equipment belt (with attached kama) on the figure. A small drop of glue was required to keep it in place.

Step Three: The Bacara shoulder pauldron was added and the Bacara head was attached to the figure.

Step Four: I painted the figure according to my reference pictures. The main paint scheme was already present in the Bacar equipment that was added, so my painting was limited to applying battle scarring and weathering to the armor.

Step Five: To accomplish the scuffing and scratching that is common to all military equipment, I used the edge of my X-acto knife to carefully scrape all of the armor's prominent edges. These are the areas that are most likely to brush against things and become worn or scratched. If you choose to do this, be careful. It's very easy to over-do it.

Step Six: A coat of Testors Gloss-Cote was applied to protect the paint and enhance the shiny appearance of the armor.

Step Seven: Commander Bacara was given his blaster rifle.

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