Monday, October 13, 2008

CT51 / 75-1039 (ARC Trooper - 41st Elite Legion)

CT 51 / 75-1039 is an ARC (Advanced Reconnaisance Commando) Trooper assigned to Sarlaac Battalion A of the 41st Elite Legion, under Commander Gree.

Parts: Head (AT-RT Driver), Torso (Clone Trooper), Arms (Clone Trooper), Legs (Clone Trooper), Shoulder Pauldron (Clone Commander), Equipment Belt (Clone Trooper), Kama (POTF2 Snowtrooper), Blaster Pistol (Clone Trooper).

Supplies: X-acto knife, super glue, brushes, Polly Scale paints and Testors Gloss-Cote.

Reference: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Step One: The base figure used for this project was one of the poorly articulated Clone Troopers released at the beginning of the ROTS line, so it needed quite a bit of work to make it presentable. To start with, the original (undersized) equipment belt was Dremeled off, leaving the waist area smooth.

Step Two: The kama was taken from a POTF2 Snowtrooper and then trimmed down so that it fit the new figure. It was super glued in place. Once the glue for the kama was dry, the equipment belt was glued to the kama so that they appeared to go together.

Step Three: The shoulder pauldron was added and then new head was attached.

Step Four: The new paint scheme is that of the 41st Elite Legion's "regular" armor. That is the armor they'd wear when not operating in a jungle environment like Kashyyyk. The troopers of the 41st can be seen wearing this armor in Revenge of the Sith when they meet Yoda prior to departing Coruscant for Kashyyyk. The Clone Attack on Coruscant Battle Pack also featured troopers of the 41st. After painting the armor, I also applied battlescarring using several different techniques, including drybrushing and scraping off small areas of the original armor markings. 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.

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

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