Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Muunilinst 10 (ARC Trooper Squad)

The ARC Trooper Squad led by A-77 Captain Fordo, was instrumental in the attack on Muunilinst, infiltrating the city and disabling a massive artillery cannon. Known as the "Muunilinst 10", they also aided Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi in a surgical strike on the enemy headquarters, leading to the capture and surrender of key members of the InterGalactic Banking Clan leadership. Shortly thereafter, they helped defeat the formidable bounty hunter Durge. After the end of the Battle of Muunilinst, Kenobi reinforced the surviving members of the Muunilinst 10 with heavy gunners and deployed them to Hypori to rescue a doomed Jedi task force on the planet from the clutches of the dreaded Supreme Commander of the Droid Armies, General Grievous. Despite taking casualties, they held their ground and succeeded in driving the fearsome droid commander away with a hail of heavy weapon fire. Their efforts undoubtedly saved the lives of the surviving Jedi.

Parts: Most of the figures and parts came directly from The Hunt for Grievous Battle Pack. Additional parts were taken from a RotS AT-TE Gunner.

Supplies: X-acto knife, Dremel, sandpaper, file, super glue, brushes, Testors paints, Polly Scale paints and Testors Dull-Cote.

Reference: The Clone Wars animated series. Basically, these figures are all "improved" versions of what Hasbro released.

Step One (A-77 Captain Fordo): I was pretty happy with the Captain Fordo figure. He got a new paint job using a brighter red, and some of the details that were missed at the factory got painted (such as the webbing for his holsters, buckles on the kama straps, etc). He also got a new pair of pistols. Although the original ones were probably more accurate for the realistic sculpt, I really liked the longer barreled pistols he was seen twirling (something he seems to have inherited from Jango) in the Clone Wars micro-series. The new pistols were made by cutting the stock and part of the receiver group from a standard DC-17 rifle. The barrel and pistol grip assembly were super glued together and the barrels were hollowed out with the Dremel.

Step Two (Z-6 Rotary Gunner): I wanted this Lieutenant's legs to be more articulated, so I used the Dremel with a cutting disc to cut the pelvis and legs off the figure. I then used super glue to attach the pelvis and legs from an RotS AT-TE Gunner. Once the kama was added at the end of the process, the seam where these two major parts were joined cannot be seen at all. Next, I repositioned the right arm by a cutting wedge-shaped pieces from the inside of the elbow. I applied a small dab of super glue inside the cut and then held the arm in the desired position until the glue dried. The left arm was already positioned correctly for my purposes.

Step Three (Reciprocating Quad Gunner): This Lieutenant was already accurate except that the blue marking on his armor were a much different shade than that of the other ARC lieutenants. He was simply given a new paint job to match the color used on the others.

Step Four: The remaining figures are all ARC Lieutenants that came from The Hunt for Grievous Battle Pack. They were all given new markings with the same blue paint used on the Rotary Gunner and the Cip-Quad Gunner.

Step Five: All of the ARC Troopers received a bit of battle-damage to their armor. Finally, a light coat of Testors Dull-Cote was applied to each figure to seal the paint and reduce the shine.

1 comment:

  1. I think the quad-gun needs a repaint. It looks too plastic-y