Droids Custom Emperor: Colors and coins!

by Bill Cable
on 2022-09-14, 08:04:24

Colors are coming along nicely with my Droids Emperor...

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It's a bit of a challenge keeping the background from becoming too dark. I used the original artwork from the Admiral Screed Droids cardback as a color template, but I'm still finding myself making things darker to make everything look metallic. I'll probably end up playing with levels on everything after the base colors are complete.

The other thing I did (actually 2 weeks ago) was finish the coins. I cast them back in January when I was making my Biker Scout, but I hadn't cleaned them up or painted them. So let me take you through that very interesting, not boring at all process.

When the coins come out of the molds, the edges are rarely clean. They have flashing in spots that needs to be removed.

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Back in the day I would file these by hand. I did that for a few of them even though my dad had given me a grinding wheel for a different project. I don't know why. Stupidity? Then it dawned on me to try it and I regret doing it any other way.

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Here's what they look like after I finish:

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At this point they're ready to be painted. So I tape them to my trusty painting board!

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Super exciting, right?! Then it's time for primer...

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You can see that primer there is still a bit tacky. Action shot! It's literally watching paint dry! The highlight of your week right here!

Finally, it's time to paint them gold:

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Thanks as always to Yehuda for making molds for my coins. I couldn't do these without him. I expect next week I'll have the final colors to share and will be able to confirm they'll go on sale September 28th.





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