Monday, October 13, 2008

CT83 / 21-4007 (BARC Trooper - 41st Elite Legion)

CT 83 / 21-4007 is a BARC (Biker Advanced Reconnaisance Commando) Trooper assigned to Sarlaac Battalion A of the 41st Elite Legion, under Commander Gree.

Parts: Head (BARC Trooper), Torso (Clone Trooper), Arms (Clone Trooper), Legs (Clone Trooper), Blaster Pistol (Clone Trooper).

Supplies: Brushes, Polly Scale paints and Testors Gloss-Cote.

Reference: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Battlefront II.

Step One: The Clone Trooper head was removed and replaced with that of a BARC Trooper. Otherwise, the basic Clone Trooper figure was not changed at all. I wanted to make one of the BARC Troopers, in standard Phase II armor for my collection of the 41st Elite Legion.

Step Two: The new paint scheme is that of the 41st Elite Legion's regular Phase II armor. 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 Three: A light coat of Testors Gloss-Cote was applied to protect the paint and enhance the shiny appearance of the armor.

Step Five: Finally, the BARC Trooper was given his weapon. I chose to go with the smaller clone pistol, figuring that it would be easier for the trooper to transport and, if necessary, fire from a moving BARC Speeder Bike.

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