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minamoto's fleet(s)

PostTue Jan 17, 2017 10:14 pm

Hoho - Progress!

Been busy (partial-)assembling the starter-fleets, since christmas. The models are pretty cool and have a lot of detail for that small scale without beeing off. Though they are not perfectly engineered, a few odd things there I encountered. After many years with games workshop products - I come from metal age never touched a "finecast" model and recently FoW, there's a few things I want to say first hoping that Hawk Wargames maybe will solve that in the future and update their kits.

Although not 100% sold on the UCM stuff in the first place, I more and more love them designwise - for me they have the best kits, seconded by the SCOURGE fleet - just a few fiddly and snappy parts, one have to take care but no real show-stopper.

The SHALTARI are also great kits but the attached the mould injection to some of the really small pins alongside the central outlines, wich is a real pain in the ... . The pins snap just before you are able to cut a single piece, just from transport. Some snapped while trying to carefuly cutting pieces out. No chance to use a proper clipper. I think that's somehow silly, the models got some smaller fins wich are used to inject the material on other parts, these could be spread more even over the model to have a couple of more places to inject the material.

PHR got those Whale looking carapaced ships, why on earth would you put a injection pin on a convex piece? That will result in some serious greenstuffing and sanding I have to do before painting. That should be avoided easily by coming in from the backside of that piece, that's a flat surface :/

All in all just some minor things, but something that could make ones live easier if taken care.


Painting Theory:
I came from this idea, mentioned here on the forum:
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and this
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So I did this afterwards to get it "on the model":
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This helped me lot for defining a scheme.

Now the olive-"Army"-scheme is dumped and the camouflaged standard UCM-scheme is online.
Base-colours laid out and gloss-varnished for washing, so it looks a bit off - plus crapy smartphone picture. After that I will lay out the colours for guns panels, etc. in light grey and white with a turqoise and light blue sheen for the energy crippling inside the guns and engines.
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The civlian cruiser also gloss-varnished - this going to be just highlighted with minor details-mainly blue window-slits. I have a second one, I am open for suggestions on a colour scheme :)
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Let me know that you think. busy to get a few more things done and at least two fleets ready for our hobby weekend end of february.
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Re: minamoto's fleet(s)

PostThu Jan 26, 2017 3:30 pm

Looks good, like that you just have a hint of that camo and didn't go crazy. :D
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Re: minamoto's fleet(s)

PostThu Jan 26, 2017 4:47 pm

You have me there. Theory looks like the thing I would go for. Keep us posted on the progress.

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Re: minamoto's fleet(s)

PostTue Jan 31, 2017 1:56 pm

Thank you for your nice comments :)

progress is going a bit slower than I hoped, but that normal I guess. Did a bit more airbrushing on the weekend and just started to grey-out guns and all the "bare metal" parts on some more ships.

I played around with some other camo-patterns, just mainly due to taping off geometrical patterns over the ships surface is rather tideous... for the couple of ships (Atlantis, Moscow, Berlin, Seattle, 2 Limas and 2 Toulons) it just took me over 2 evenings to finish the masking :?

So I took out my panzer putty and used it for the very first time, instead of my chieftains, i tested it on my ships. A few minor things went wrong with it, but all in all panzer putty is highly recomended! I think in future I will go on with a mix of the snake-pattern (Jakartas) and a simple stripe look (Taipei).

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So now I have to go Full Speed ahead, since I need the minis end of February for a private gaming event and the scourge need to be done aswell :/

Let me know what you think.
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Re: minamoto's fleet(s)

PostTue Mar 21, 2017 1:34 pm

‘ello again,

have been a bit of silent around this log, although I have been working silently :)

First up, we have been two weeks ago on a “nerd-weekend” in the middle of nowhere (15km from here), in the black forest. That was a great sight and some lovely weather, lots of painting, drinking and giggling.

I was working on my UCM fleet, did some progress and almost finished the starter fleet. Switched the focus though onto a bloodthirster I am painting for a friend - as he was requesting it - well after over a year ... :roll:

The plan is to finish the great red one this or next week. Then finish the DFC stuff, especially the UCM starter fleet (pics will follow).

Also got some of the scourge ships primed, for a game with a friend for play testing the first game on Saturday. Our first game also got him fixed, it was interesting and played relatively fluently. Although I guess we did some mistakes... but for a first game it worked.
I especially like the activation, something completely different from 40K, which does make the game more fluid for both players where you interact in an alternating fashion - one has not to wait for the opponents entire turn to complete - and you can react to what happens on the table and not just sit there see your Land Raider got just blown up and half of your army before you can ... yeah never mind.

Also what I liked, that the game suddenly got really brutal, my heavy Cruiser got obliterated in just one turn great move of my opponent, was worth a good laugh.

He now is getting a starter set both for DFC and DZC. :mrgreen:

pics!
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See my Heavy Cruiser + Escorts in the middle?
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Gone!
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Close-Action Drive-by-Killiness
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C&C highly appreciated
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Re: minamoto's fleet(s)

PostTue Mar 21, 2017 4:13 pm

Very nice fleets I'm really looking forward to the finished fleets.

The UCM are a profound ++ no need to say anything else.
The unfinished Scourge Cruiser looked a little bit like an airliner from the side - but is beautiful with the fins & from above.
Not sure how you plan to wash/highlight it without ruining the clean/crisp color scheme though.

More please :)
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Re: minamoto's fleet(s)

PostWed Mar 22, 2017 8:09 am

Thanks Ljevid :)

Ljevid wrote:The unfinished Scourge Cruiser looked a little bit like an airliner from the side - but is beautiful with the fins & from above.

Yeah, they look like planes of KLM :lol:
I thinkg going to block out the basic colours like the details on the ridge and eyes, then I'll see if I go further with the "perch" look I intended to go with some downward stripes along the main sections. I don't want to tone down the colours to much as I like the vibrant blue as it is now.

More is coming, as you command :D
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Re: minamoto's fleet(s)

PostMon Apr 03, 2017 6:06 pm

Love both fleet concepts! Looking forward to seeing them all done.
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Re: minamoto's fleet(s)

PostThu Apr 06, 2017 2:57 pm

I love the scourge! Always thought blue bit more of a shaltari colour. But you proved me wrong!
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