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Re: 1/12 Bandai Stormtrooper Conversion - Commando

Mark » Feb 22 '15
Hi everyone,


Was a good boy this weekend, so treated myself to starting the second of my three Stormtroopers. These are the 1/12 Bandai figure kits and I just had to customise at least one of them.


So, I decided I wanted to do something that could be a Storm Commando - something similar to the style of Commander Cody from the prequels but using the Classic Stormtrooper armour as the base. I also wanted to add some colour.


So, after a brief spell doing some research, I decided that the main changes to the stock kit would be:


• Helmet modifications to resemble Commander Cody (visor and comms equipment)

• Some small armour mods (additional comms equipment, ammo pouches, etc)

• Backpack (some sort of backpack to carry heavy equipment, ammo, etc)

• Macrobinoculars (or as near as I can get!)


I also decided on using a combination of `German Uniform` and `Khaki Grey` Vallejo paints as he would be deployed in a forest/jungle setting. I also plan to fix his position, so will be gluing parts together.


Didn`t take long to get started and here`s the first part, his modified helmet. I have used some Wave parts for the comms equipment and the visor is made from some styrene plus some parts from an old AMT Reliant kit.






I am not undercoating on purpose as the paint will naturally rub off the glossy surface underneath to give a weathered effect. Once it has all been posed, I will add a wash to darken up shadows, etc and probably fix the colour somehow.


Here it is put on the standard armour - can`t wait to start on the modified one.


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Re: 1/12 Bandai Stormtrooper Conversion - Commando

Mark » Feb 23 '15
So - pauldron or not? 


Was thinking as this is a special environment unit they might use the pauldrons like the Sandtroopers do, but I am up in the air about its practicality - especially in an environment with lots of undergrowth.
Open to suggestions!

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Re: 1/12 Bandai Stormtrooper Conversion - Commando

Alun » Feb 23 '15
Damn it!  Must have forgotten to click post, as replied to your original one.


Anyway...


Liking the look although I thought it was Boba Fett when I first saw it with that green.  How about a dotty camo pattern to break it up a bit more?


I`d say go with the pauldron.  It looks cool and at the end of the day that`s all that counts!

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Re: 1/12 Bandai Stormtrooper Conversion - Commando

Mark » Apr 8 '15
Well, shock horror - I actually had some spare time this Easter!


So I cracked on with the Storm Commando. Still up in the air about the pauldron, but we`ll see.


Anyway, I have added a backpack. I didn`t want something as complex as the Sandtrooper so have tried to go for a look that resembles the Scout backpack. I moved the thermal detonator, as I have plans for this area in the final build. I am also changing the black undergarment to a brown one. Paint is a bit messy on that, but this will be tidied up later.


I have also given it a wash with GW`s Reikland Fleshshade to dirty it up a bit.


Any guesses to what kit parts I used for the backpack?






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Re: 1/12 Bandai Stormtrooper Conversion - Commando

Mark » Apr 9 '15
"He`s got legs. And he knows how to use them ..."



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Re: 1/12 Bandai Stormtrooper Conversion - Commando

Marten Richens » Apr 10 '15
Coming on nicely there... Looking forward to the rest of his build (and the random `80s rock references!)
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Re: 1/12 Bandai Stormtrooper Conversion - Commando

Mark » Apr 27 '15
At my usual glacial pace thanks to the arse-end of the academic year and all the prep and marking that entails ...


However, I have purchased a Hasbro Black Series 6" Sandtrooper in the hope that I can use some of the detailing it has to scratch build pouches, pauldron, etc as this Commando is a hybrid of a Scout and Sandtrooper.


Here is the Commando with the Hasbro pauldron: I actually really like it now I see it in situ - not sure whether to scratch build my own or just use this one (with some clean up and detailing):




Here is the Hasbro Sandtrooper - not a bad action figure although his big fat gun was bent and is almost impossible to rectify (all the weapons are bigger than those that come with the Bandai kit). I intend to use green stuff to make ammo pouches and other things for the Commando`s belt.




Here is my scratch built Commando macrobinoculars - the core is a gun from a Star Fury kit with Wave bits and 1/35 tank tracks for detailing. Need to think about the base colour, but it fits nicely in his hand as well as when he holds it up to his visor.




That`s all for now, so might get this done before the end of the year ... lol



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Re: 1/12 Bandai Stormtrooper Conversion - Commando

Marten Richens » Apr 30 '15
He`s really taking shape and I can`t wait to see the finished trooper. I understand the slow pace, life has this real bad habit of getting in the way doesn`t it? Annoying to hear that the weapons from the Hasbro trooper were irreparably bent that`s just f`ing typical isn`t it? Love the macrobinoculars.
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Re: 1/12 Bandai Stormtrooper Conversion - Commando

Eric Moore » Apr 30 '15
Lovely stuff!
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Re: 1/12 Bandai Stormtrooper Conversion - Commando

Mark » May 1 '15
Thanks!


I noticed that the Hasbro Black Series Sandtrooper has a fiver off at Forbidden Planet now - typical!


Anyway, a tiny bit of progress in that I have added some more detailing to the shoulder pads to beef them up a bit and have started assembly on the arms.


Need to consider pose now as I want to fix it and cover the joints with green stuff to make them look less toy-like. 


Anyone guessed what the backpack is made from?

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