Okay, so it's been a week since I last posted. I'm still feeling very tired in the evenings after work which means I'm not in the mood to do much painting or modelling. In an effort to get a quick mood-boosting win, I decided to start painting up some of my GZG starships (well, they've been sitting in the box for a year or so).
Ages ago, I'd bought some of the magnetic adapters from Ninja Magic to allow me to quick-fit ships onto flying stands. For painting ships, I'd figured it would be a good idea to fix some of the adapter bases onto long flight pegs that I'd picked up from Litko.
I therefore set to work. The first problem I found was that the base sections were pretty fiddly to glue together. The second problem was that I later found I'd used slightly too much Zap superglue to fix the two base sections together which meant the ship part didn't fit properly in many of them. Unfortunately, by the time I'd discovered that, I had already done the same process on a number of flight stands. Grrrrr!! Hopefully I'll be able to drill out the excess glue so that they are usable. In the meantime I prepared another 8 flight stands
The next step was to decide which fleet to do. The easiest option was to do the FSE starter fleet - 2 frigates, 2 destroyers, 2 light cruisers, 1 heavy cruiser and 1 battle cruiser. Cleaning these up wasn't too bad apart from the drive exhausts which had quite a bit of flash that needed drilling out. After fitting the magnetic adapters, I primed them with Vallejo black polyurethane primer, base-coated with Dark Blue, heavy-dry-brush with 50:50 Dark Blue and Light Grey, with a final light brush of 50:50 Dark Blue and White.
I'm not totally sure about the basic colour scheme and don't want to go any further without seeing what people think, so here are some photos. For some reason, the photos against the black background have bleached the colours on the ships.
Let me know what you think of this as a base colour.
The scheme I'm looking at instead is a mid grey base dry-brushed heavily with pale grey blue, then some panels picked out in dark blue.