Sorastro’s Star Wars Painting Guide

Now, witness the power of this fully operational battle station.

The EOG is proud to feature these fantastic Star Wars: Imperial Assault painting tutorial videos by Sorastro.

Guest Contributor: Mark (Sorastro)

SorastroHello fellow hobbyists! My name is Mark and I’m just another hard-working dad who loves his kids. Once the children are in bed however, the paint brushes come out and I get to work creating the best miniature-painting tutorials I can. Working on the videos is immensely satisfying for me as it combines so many of my personal interests: digital photography, sound/video editing, musical composition, and of course—miniature painting, all of which combine to serve theme. With a professional background in education I also have a strong inner drive to broaden the inclusivity of the hobby, and through careful planning and presentation I hope to instill the idea that with the right tools and a little patience anyone can do it! It’s an honor for me to be featured here on the Esoteric Order of Gamers and I make heavy use of their excellent rules summaries (including most recently for Shadows of Brimstone). Happy painting!

One of the great things about the tabletop gaming hobby is how nice the players tend to be, and how much they want to share with the world their love of the hobby. You only have to briefly peruse Boardgamegeek to see how much fantastic content gamers freely create for the use of their fellow gamers.

Well, thanks to ShadowClipse on the forums I discovered Sorastro and his exceptionally high quality painting tutorials, and I was very pleased when he agreed to allow me to feature them here on the EOG. I don’t need to tell you how rare this level of quality is in tutorial videos, nor how much time and effort is involved behind the scenes to create them. He has quickly gathered a couple of thousand subscribers on his YouTube channel with just six videos so far, which is a testament to their quality.

We’ll be proudly featuring Sorastro’s future videos, but in the meantime here’s a recap of his sterling work for Star Wars: Imperial Assault.

Let’s all welcome Mark to the Esoteric Order of Gamers!


  • ShadowClipse says:

    Sorastro, I’d like to be the first to thank you immensely for the incredible work you did on these videos. It truly shows a labor of love and a passion for the hobby. It gives beginners like myself a guiding light towards painting better miniatures. I am looking forward to your future contributions…I can’t wait to see what you do next!

    Welcome to the EOG, you’re gonna love it here!

  • Uthoroc Uthoroc says:

    Indeed, these are fantastic for anyone starting out or looking for a fast way to paint the miniatures. Thank you very much!

  • WonderSlug WonderSlug says:

    Welcome to the site, Sorastro!

    Peter, you really are curating the best of the best here. Keep up the good work.

  • Sorastro Sorastro says:

    Thank you so much for the kind words and warm welcome folks!

  • davea davea says:

    Thanks Sorastro for the great, easy to understand videos; not intimidating for beginners like me! I guess I know what I’m doing next weekend!

  • todd says:

    I am going through withdrawal here. When is the next video up?

  • Sorastro Sorastro says:

    Thanks fellow painters! I actually managed to get the next video shot fairly quickly. I’m just finishing the script off as I type, and I’ll then need a few days for editing/composing etc…

    • The man has a script? I feel so lazy … 🙂

      I hate to ask this question, because it annoys me when I’m asked it, but what software are you using? I’m still clunking along with iMovie, so I’m curious. Even though I know, I must add, that quality has nothing to do with software and everything to do with the person using it.

  • Sorastro Sorastro says:

    I don’t mind at all but I like the point you make (it does annoy when I’m told that my camera takes great pictures!) I’m using Sony Vegas Pro 12 for the video editing (although I’m probably only using about 5% of the features it’s capable of!) and Cubase 7 for the music and narrative editing.

  • davea davea says:

    For those who may not have easy access to the Citadel Paints but want to follow Sorastro’s colours closely, I’ve found this handy Paint Range Compatibility Chart which gives names of colours between paint companies…..

    • ShadowClipse says:

      Fantastic resource Dave! I personally use Reaper paints, so here I was thinking I would need to find a color match by trial and error! I can’t thank you enough for this reference. Now I have zero excuses to not paint my IA minis!

  • The8thPagan says:

    I admire the level of work put into painting Imperial Assault, but given the number of other minis that require painting by me (and my lack of skill) I’m taking a lazy approach.

    Primed them with different base colours, so for many of the ‘troops’ I will add weapon details, flesh where applicable (I love any armour with full helms and gloves so I can be lazy), bases coloured and a wash for contrast.

    Rebels and major players will get a bit more detail. Just ordered Return to Hoth, so more painting in the future.

What do you think?