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I'm hoping to paint up an Imperial Navy fleet in the colours of the British Royal Navy. The most distinct scheme I have found is that used by the fleet at the battle of Trafalgar like on the Victory here: Google Image Result for http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/upload/img/%5B(1635)-04-03-2005%5Dvictory1.jpg
Anyone have any thoughts on that or an alternative colour scheme?
A practical question is does anyone have a very simple way of creating that colour of goldy- yellow?
From what I can tell the Royal navy has a yellow and black colour on it's dress uniforms. I think the colours that are associated with them are often blue and grey as that is the colour of the ocean and their ships and various machines. You could try adding some hint of that in with them.
I think the yellow / black combination is very striking. I don't know whether you've finished it or not, but the aft of the ship needs some love!
Thanks for the replies,
The aft will get some love, just haven't gotten there yet. I was planning on doing the eagles on the prow and top silver, rather than the stereotypical gold, so they would stand out from the yellow , thoughts?
On a more general painting note, when I thin down my paints with water which everyone suggests how do I stop the paint from pooling in the recesses. In this case particularly on the gun turrets, the yellow flows off the high point where I want it and pools in between the barrels which I would rather were darker. I'm not a very good painter so help would be appreciated.
I'd probably consider giving the whole model a drybrush or two of some dark greys before starting on the yellows, that would really help the black have some depth to it.
As far as thinning the paint down, you will find that you need to vary exactly how thin paints are. If it's running about too much, add some more paint to the mix, and it should be a little more controllable.
If you're having trouble getting a flat yellow, try using some of GWs foundation paints to get a flat finish, then work the yellow over the top.
I also agree with Leech, a few areas of a bluey grey would really help the model come alive... The prow would be a nice place to try it, along with the 'wings' towards the back.
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Looks good to me. Hav'nt even undercoated my marine fleet yet. Keep at it, and thanks for the photos. One day i might get there.....
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The yellow looks like it could use a couple more coats, I can see through it to the undercoat in some places. Also, like the others have suggested, a drybrush of a grey over the black areas would really help.
I also think that the yellow colour you're using is a bit bright, perhaps it's more bumblebee than Royal Navy. Not that it's a bad thing, I think the scheme is quite effective as it is, and might not look quite as good if you were to go for a more authentic 'duller' colour.
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TBH, I wouldn't have opted for a true yellow at all in this scale, or potnetially used Iyanden Dark Sun.
The Royal navy colours will look really cool, but as echoed, you need to use a few more colours to break the ship up a little. TBH I have been toying with painting my Dwarf navy in the colours of the Royal Navu as well, but more the pre-dreadnaught era navy, so blues and greys. The alternate is the the crazy colour schemes of the Japanese navy and the Kriegsmarine
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