Vader & His 501st Legion
Finished off Darth Vader and a small sample of his 501st Legion. With the outstanding Knight Models version of Vader being poised on a rock I decided to base his stormtroopers on simple sand/ballast bases.
For the 501st troops I wanted them to look as if they were transitioning from the clone trooper armor to the newer stormtrooper version. My captain (Appo?) has a clone helmet while the others just get a bit of blue on their shoulder pads for accent. I used these photos as the basis for my idea.
For the captain’s helmet I picked up a cheap clone trooper and pinched it.
For the rank and file troops I used a myriad stormtroopers, sand troopers and scout troopers, gave them some blue accents and they were ready to go.
501st Legion Troopers and R4-K5
Finally Darth Vader. I used several shades of black and grey to get the look I needed for the different materials in his armor. Photograph does nothing for my paint job, but you can still get the idea of what he looks like.