Monday, April 13, 2009

Deena Shan (Human Commando)

Deena Shan was a young Human who joined the Rebel Alliance shortly after the Battle of Yavin. Initially working as a supply officer on the Kalla's Stanchion, she found herself accompanying Han Solo, Leia Organa and Chewbacca during an Imperial attack. Fighting alongside the famous Rebels solidified her decision to join the Alliance. She later posed as an Imperial lieutenant on a mission to the Imperial base of Kalist VI, where she and Imperial captain Kale Roshuir quickly developed a mutual attraction. Despite her feelings for him, Shan led Roshuir's forces into a trap where many of them were killed, allowing the Rebels to free the captive Jorin Sol and escape with a group of Jabiimi slaves and vital fuel for the Alliance Fleet, but forever making an enemy of her lover. Shan later accompanied Luke Skywalker on a mission to rescue his old friend Janek Sunber. Despite again encountering Kale Roshuir, who attempted to stop them, Shan and Skywalker were able to rescue Sunber and return to the Rebel Fleet, though their unsanctioned mission resulted in them both being disciplined. The two would soon work together once more in a mission to infiltrate Bannistar Station. Though the mission went awry, with most of the Rebels either killed or captured by Imperial forces, Shan was able to evade capture and destroy both a Star Destroyer, and a significant portion of the station. After her comrades managed to escape, the group fled the station and Shan returned to the Alliance Fleet as a hero. After recovering from her injuries, Shan returned to duty as a commando.

Parts: All parts came from the Deena Shan stealth suit figure.

Supplies: Super Sculpey, X-acto knife, Paintbrushes, Testors paints and Testors Dull-Cote.

Reference: Although the cover of Star Wars: Rebellion #3 depicts Deena hanging like an ape from the ceiling with her stealth suit unzipped to expose her cleavage, she never actually appeared that way in the comic. Normally, I'd not be bothered by a little bit of skin, but the cover art was such a departure from the content of the comic, I decided to re-do it a bit.

Basically, all I had to do to accomplish this was carefully trim down the open collar of the suit with my X-acto knife and then resculpt a closed collar with a bit of Super Sculpey. The ribbing of the suit was etched into the new collar with the X-acto blade. After curing in a mug of boiling water, I painted the Sculpey to match the rest of the stealth suit and gave her a ligth coat of Testors Dull-Cote.

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