Anyway, it was time to paint up a fleet for the forth major faction in the Tuffleyverse - the Eurasian Solar Union (ESU).
Apart from priming (which I'd done a while ago by hand) the initial steps of painting these were done by airbrush. That definitely sped things up considerably and allowed me to try out a roughly striped camo pattern. The detailing was done by hand.
I'd decided that as this was a raiding fleet (in my mind anyway) that they would be done in an overall darker scheme. I know, I know - given the distances and high-tech sensors involved in space combat colours make no difference to detectability, but it looks good, so there!
Zheng He Class Scouts
Poryshkin Class Corvettes
Kunitsa Class Frigates
Ural Class Destroyers
Kiang Class Light Cruisers
Oriskansky Class Escort Cruisers
Xinglong Class Heavy Cruisers
Pobyeda Class Battlecruiser
Khalinov Clas Battleship
Morov Class Battle Dreadnought
Zhukov Class Super Dreadnought
|Just look at that green engine glow effect!|
This little flotilla scored 130 points, taking my tally to 2157 pints and catapulting my into 5th place.
In case you were wondering, I do indeed have a lot more ESU ships waiting in the lead pile - carriers (1 each of light, heavy and escort classes), an orbital assault ship, 2 heavy destroyers and 2 standard destroyers. Before anyone asks, I will be adding to that at some point - mostly cruisers and probably a few more destroyers, although the idea of a fleet based around a strikeboat swarm does have a certain appeal.