From the Painting Table: Star Wars Imperial Assault

About a year ago, I played through the Imperial Assault core set campaign with some friends. As we played, I tried to paint as many of the figures as I could. I took shortcuts on the enemy groups, but took time to fully paint the player characters we were using. Last month, I played the Hoth campaign with my sons and I painted the characters we used. With the stay at home order, I figured why not finish painting all the characters out, to get it all done?

Player Characters,Allies, and Villains

Fully painted all characters makes sense, as they will see the most table time. A few of these minis were painted before my beloved Contrast paints came out, the rest painted after. Can you tell the difference? Not much else to say here except Boba Fett has about a dozen colors on him! I never really noticed it was such a hodge-podge until I sat down with a reference to paint.


The iconic AT-ST is part of the Imperial Assault base set, and the Repulsor Tank is from the Hoth Expansion. I used gray primer, drybrushing for highlights/damage, and three different colors of washes. Overall I think they turned out nice!

Enemy Groups

I decided due to the large numbers that I wanted to use a monochromatic scheme for all the enemy models. This was BEFORE Contrast paints, which is a shame, as it would have been far, far easier to do with those available. It’s been a while, but I’ll try to relate the recipes as best I can recall.

Stormtroopers/Snowtroopers: These were primed a light grey, then washed in Nuln Oil. I then did a HEAVY drybrush in light grey and a less heavy drybrush in white.

Trandoshans – grey primer, Coelia Greenshade wash

Tusken Raiders – spray painted tan, Agrax Earthshade wash

Nexu – black primer, drybrushed dark brown/medium brown/tan

Droids – all these were primed in black, and used drybrushes of silver or gold. I did add a wash of Drakenhoff Nightshade on the probe droids.

Royal Guard – spray painted red, washed with Agrax Earthshade, and then drybrushed lightly in orange.

Wampas – primed white, washed with Drakenhoff Nightshade.

One comment

  1. […] As is true of most nerdy types my age, I’m a fan of Star Wars. I also love playing board games, especially those with miniatures. Star Wars Imperial Assault is exactly the kind of game I like to play. And a big part of the fun is painting the miniatures. Over the pandemic lockdown months, I finished painting up my base game and Hoth expansions, and you can check those pics out here. […]

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