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ok so i just want to know in advance 2 things. one is technical one is opinion.
technical: can i use testors brand paints or do i need the citadel type.( i have ALOT of testors form my other modles)
opinion: im thinking aobut painting my ships white with gold trim as a throwback to the pre WW1 great white fleet of America.
Doesn't matter in the slightest, use what you like.technical: can i use testors brand paints or do i need the citadel type.( i have ALOT of testors form my other modles)I suggest at least another color in there. The Imperial ships for BFG are very very detailed, and just doing up the hull as a single solid color makes them very uninteresting to the eye - all those details need *something* to highlight them! And the prows - you CAN make them the same color as the hulls, but if the hulls are a single solid color... Even gold trim won't be enough, imo.opinion: im thinking aobut painting my ships white with gold trim as a throwback to the pre WW1 great white fleet of America.
Here's an idea: Start with a dark grey on the hull, and drybrush your way up to white. I did a similar scheme to my own ships (black to light grey, though) and it gives all of those crevices the illusion of depth quite nicely. Paint the prow some kind of contrasting color - something bright & primary, maybe - and trim the entire ship with gold.
This is exactly what I would suggest you do. Drybrushing a very good way of painting BFG ships as it really brings out all the fine surface details. Painting all the trims gold, after you have drybrushed the model, would look really good. Imperial ships are meant to be very ancient and valuable so painting them with gold will help suggest that. Here are some examples to give you an idea:Originally Posted by mEGALOMANIAC
Look at the gold detailing on the wings and prow of these imperial vessels - http://www.geocities.com/lynxswift/w...eetcloseup.jpg
This Chaos cruiser has recieved a crazy pink colour scheme on top of the base purple - http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?im...3Doff%26sa%3DN (2nd row, middle picture)
This Dauntless is an excellant example, with some of the detail painted red. This is what you should aim for - http://www.starshipmodeler.com/event...m_imperial.JPG
This chaos cruiser has had most of the detail painted white -
It is important that you don't paint over too much of the detail on the model. If you do you will obscure the main colours and the effect will lose it's 'pop'. Experiment a bit and you will see how much you need.
Good luck mate, post some pictures when you have finished.
hmmm so mebbe if i trim in gold and then have the "fins" and some lower places on the ships in a blue or red that might make it work
That would be a very regal colour scheme, very nice, like a royal yacht
The best way to acheive what your talking about there is done with a combination of shading and drybrushing. To begin with, undercoat your ship in black (yes, black ,) then give the whole "to be white" area a liberal coat of a medium grey colour. Then drybrush the ship with white, only lightly at first. Use successive coats of lightly drybrushed white to get a clean, shaded and shadowed white. It should look very nice at this stage. For the gold trim, use a very dark bronze colour as a basecoat on top of the black. Then progressivly work up to gold and highlight this very slightly with silver to give a "sheen" effect. What really makes a ship stand out is lights and portholes. Put a tiny blob of red paint on all the extremities of the ship (antennaes, wing/ fin ends, other little bumps and corners.) Use an orange/ yellow colour to dot on the portholes on the flatter expanses of the vessel, this really will give it character.
I think this is a fantastic paint scheme ! I will have to try it.
ok thx guys... now to get the paints that i need (curse you bronze!!!!!!!!)
Aye, drybrushing progressivly lighter colours is the best way to go with BFG models.
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It's amazing how well simple dry-brushing can make ships look, it really is. I did a simple Chaos Black undercoat, light Scorched Brown basecoat, Snakebite Leather highlight, and some Blood Red and Dwarven Bronze detailing on my Chaos fleet and got a ton of compliments on it at the GW store, even from employees. SO easy.
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