Thursday, February 12, 2009

Imperial Navy Trooper

Originally referred to as "Death Star Troopers", these were actually elite Imperial Navy Troopers. Whereas Stormtroopers were loyal to the Emperor, these troops were loyal primarily to Grand Moff Tarkin. After the destruction of the Death Star, their uniform was spread to other elite naval units. This figure was created for an upcoming diorama.

Parts: Head (XD Elite Force U.S. Marine), Body (Saga Imperial Officer), Helmet (Saga Death Star Trooper), Load Bearing Equipment (25th Anniversary Snake-Eyes), E-11 Blaster Rifle (Saga Imperial Officer), Blaster Pistol (PotF2 Grand Moff Tarkin).

Supplies: X-acto knife, paintbrushes, Testors paints and Testors Dull-Cote.
Reference: I used a couple of different illustrations from the Star Wars: Empire comic series.
I removed the old head and replaced it with the XD head. In order to keep the articulation, I cut the old head off, leaving part of the old post in place. I then super glued the new head to the original post. I added the load bearing equipment and then used the X-acto knife to cut off the hand grenade and to trim a bit of the holster away. That allowed the blaster pistol to fit snugly in a cross-draw manner. I have been considering re-painting his fatigues to match those of the recent Imperial Engineer. I may eventually do so, but for the moment, he is complete!

1 comment:

  1. This one there's not a lot to say about the work, but maybe the concept. If this is like a duty uniform, fine. If this is a combat/light fast acting unit fine. But if this is a sneak into a Rebel or unaligned world/company outfit, problems. It screams Imperial, has no stealth/covert nature. Hard to be sneaky and blow something up at a Rebel base when you don't look like a Rebel. One of those hard things to visualize because than every Rebel human becomes an Imperial Commando, but that's the risk isn't it? Now, if you were aiming for a Storm Commando, whole other issue.