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I have been working on this project for a couple of months now and finally finished. There is quite a bit of subtle conversions with a few of the ships wrapped in fine jewelry chain and over 50 hand made spikes added in random patterns through the cruisers.
The spikes were made from sprue pieces that I had cut the edges with an x-acto knife blade cut at an angle to get a point. I then took a dremel with a cone shaped grinder/sander and ground them into a smoother cone shape. It works great but is time consuming...
This was the first time I have painted any Battle Fleet Gothic Stuff. Cleaning and assembly was a bit of a pain due to the size of the pieces but I had completely underestimated the time it would take me to paint them. From the beginning this was a high game quality commission so my goal was to get a nice clean look. The client wanted red on the bows, gold trim, and black body.
From a black base color I painted the bows burnt cadmium red, used a brown ink wash, and then highlighted with with the darkest vallejo game red (scab red I believe). The gold was first based with bronze and then highlighted with burnished gold. Antennaes, radials, and guns were painted gunmetal and washed with watered down black ink.
The biggest problems I ran into was - the gold trim took forever and a day. My first thoughts were - these are very small ships - they shouldn't take too long! WRONG!! ;? There is so much detail on these things that I could have kept going.
That brings on the second problem. What details do you pick out and what do you leave. I noticed that when the red, gold and metal was painted that there was an awful lot of black left that left the models feeling unfinished. Working with the client we came up with the idea of painting in some port windows. I also had an idea of painting various areas white and stain them red with a red ink to get a glow from various "lights" on the ship. Last the client thought that the red "glow" would be good for the front port windows. This helped finish the look and still keep the project managable for what it was.
Last but not least - the bases... On 3 of the bases I decided to paint a colorful galaxy effect. I had never done anything like this before and I am tremendously happy with the results. For me it is my favorite part. I started by taking an old round brush (size 3 or 4 I believe) and stippling bone white and then white in a random pattern. I did my best to not have any hard edges. The paint was also very watered down to make it translucent. Next I took various inks and stained the area I had just painted. Before they had dried I inter mingled the edges of the inks to blend them in. Since all the paint was still wet if I pressed down with any weight on the brush it would reveal some of the black from the basecoat which further lended to the effect.
Afterwards I took a toothbrush and white paint and pulled on the bristles to get a "spray" of white onto the bases. I first did it from about 8 inches away to get a dull white and then did a second run closer up (maybe 4 inches) to get a brighter set of "stars".
There is definitely a lot more that could be done with these. There is just tons of details! Being that these are gaming pieces my goal was to pick out important details and keep the rest neat and clean. For this reason highlights were kept at a minimum. Comments, criticisms, questions are very much appreciated!
Last edited by Lost Nemesis; November 26th, 2007 at 20:02.
They look excellent, slorak. All your time invested in the spikes certainly have paid off. I particularly like the bases and their little nebula and star clusters. Good paint scheme too.
The chains seem slightly too large for being on a ship. They look a little disproportional. Everything else is spot on.
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The chains are a little large perhaps, but they look cool IMO, and it's always nice to see some BFG love.
How did you get the nebulae looking so nice?
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They almost look like washes with some kind of 'nebulous' blending (saw the pun and took it).
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Yeah I hear what you are saying about the chains... I couldn't resist though. Keeps the mind wandering... To what purpose must the forces of chaos chain up their ships? What foul chaotic power must be contained within the hulls... Had to do it!
As to the Nebula's - not exactly sure why it turned out the way it did - other than everything being wet it blended better than waiting for layers to dry. I stained one part of the nebula with one color of ink and then blended it into another color. With the paint still being a bit wet I found that when pressing on the brush it would bring up the white paint below letting some of the black base coat filter in which led to a more "transparent" feel to it.
It is also worth noting that on the cruisers no 2 ships are exactly alike. I took great pains to make sure that antennae patterns and spikes were completely random and irregular. Also the 3 chained ships all have their chains wrapped just a bit differently. As to the smaller escorts - they don't have any conversions per se but I don't believe they match either...
I donno, the ships are great, but I love the bases man, their freakin' awesome. Great job, they really look good and add alot to the army.
Great painting. Would you mind lending me your skills?
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The chains are growing on me. They're reminiscent of a chaos dreadnought that must be shackled up when not on the battle field. There must be something menacing inside the ships, if chains are needed.
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1) Love the bases.. they've got pretty pretty lights painted on them!
2) Those must be some SERIOUS chains to wrap around the ships.
I mean, They must be slaaneshi ships because, you know.... bondage cruisers ... or something like that.
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I actually like the big chains on the cruisers. The best part is definitely the bases, they look great, I will have to try it out myself.