Monday, October 13, 2008

CT85 / 77-5299 (Jet Trooper - 41st Elite Legion)

CT 85 / 77-5299 is a jet trooper assigned to Sarlaac Battalion A of the 41st Elite Legion, under Commander Gree.

Parts: Head (Clone Trooper), Torso (Clone Trooper), Arms (Clone Trooper), Legs (Clone Trooper), EMP Rifle (Saga Legends pack-in), Jetpack (POTF2 Boba Fett).

Supplies: X-acto knife, Super glue, 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 basic figure, one of the troop-builders from the Clone Attack on Coruscant Battle Pack, was not changed at all. I wanted to make one of the clone Jet Troopers from the Battlefront II video game. In keeping with my previous trend, I decided to change the Trooper's unit. In the game, all of the characters are from the 501st Legion, whereas all of mine are members of the 41st Elite Legion.

Step Two: The new paint scheme is a variation on that of the 41st Elite Legion's regular Phase II armor. Once the 41st paint scheme was finished, I modified it a bit to be similar to the 501st Legion Jet Trooper released by Hasbro (additional black markings on the helmet and white trim at the edges of the shoulder pads). After painting the armor, I also applied battle scarring 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: The EMP Rifle was a pack-in with one of the Saga Legends figures and is the same one that was originally produced for Hasbro's 501st Legion Jet Trooper. The jetpack was taken from one of the numerous POTF2 Boba Fett figures I still have lying around. Prior to supergluing it to the figure's back it was trimmed, shaved and cut as necessary to make a snug fit. After all, where's the fun in simply slapping a glob of glue on it?

Step Four: 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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