#XWingMinis – Vader’s TIE (Advanced) Repaint

Decided to do something different with this TIE advanced, giving it the classic Red-Black of Vader’s armour. Much like experimenting with the Lambda, I’m not so sure I’m happy with how this turned out (more on that in a minute).

XWing Minis TIE Advanced Repaint Painted Darth Vader's Vader TIE Mini

Vader’s TIE – Top Down

The first thing I experimented with was drybrushing the Solar Panels red. This worked really well, although I wish they were just a -little- brighter to capture the red I was aiming for. They don’t necessarily look bad, just not as bright as I would have liked.

XWing Minis TIE Advanced Repaint Painted Darth Vader's Vader TIE Mini

Vader’s TIE – Head On

The second technique I experimented with was extreme highlights on the black. I saw this done excellently on an X-Wing in the FFG forums (link eludes me now) but wanted to give it a try. Not so happy with the results. After doing some research I found this article on painting black which I’m going to digest before trying again.

XWing Minis TIE Advanced Repaint Painted Darth Vader's Vader TIE Mini

Vader’s TIE – Side

With all that said, I do really like the idea of red panels / black body for the TIE scheme, I think I’m going to stick with it going forward and may do the whole force this way. Just needs a little tweaking and practice!