|"The Soyuz-Class bridge shared a similar floor plan with contemporary Federation starships of its era."|
This 6mm metal miniature of a Perry Class Frigate is one of the many starships which can be found within “Irregular Miniatures” Imperial Fleet Spaceship range as code DYE2. Measuring 30mm in length and 22mm in width, this somewhat brusquely-sculpted vessel makes a very useful “Star Trek” proxy for a Soyuz-class Federation starship, and will hopefully prove to be one of five such identically-classed warships I’ll soon have on the tabletop patrolling the Romulan Border…
Having previously painted some of “Mongoose Games” official resin starships with a combination of “Citadel” Skull White and Badab Black, I was rather keen to learn from my past mistakes and try for a greyer look to my miniatures. However, as I ultimately plan to use dark grey as the colour of some Kingon battlecraft, I decided to go with the bluish-looking “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey as my prime undercoat. Two layers later and the Frigate was washed with “Citadel” Nuln Oil before being dry-brushed with more “Vallejo” Heavy Bluegrey.
|Oberon Class Destroyer WIPs - The 6mm starship has been undercoated, washed and then dry-brushed|
With my basic phases thus finished I decided to try and pick out some of the vessels finer detail with some “Vallejo” Heavy Red for the two Polyduranide nacelle particle apertures, Gunmetal Metal on its three saucer sensor dishes and Heavy Blue for its four warp engine filed grills. These areas were then washed with “Citadel” Carroburg Crimson, Nuln Oil and Asurmen Blue respectively. The model was finally placed upon a “Games Workshop” clear plastic flying stem with 32mm flying base.
Now the first of my Federation armada finished, and some significant reinforcements ordered from “Irregular Miniatures”, I have started running through precisely the same painting phases for one of the manufacturer’s Oberon Class Destroyers. Significantly largely than its predecessor, this multi-part model has a lot more raised detail to highlight with dry-brushing, and includes an impressive-looking radar beneath its saucer.
|Plaguebearer WIPs - Plaguebearers in various stages of painting and washing|
Finally, as I now have a couple of my “games Workshop” plastic Plaguebearers flocked and finished, I’ve started trying to paint the minions of Nurgle up in batches of two or three. As a result I’ve managed to get a number of the washes finished on both a third putrescent demon, and his unit’s champion. These multi-part miniatures now just need to be dry-brushed with some more “Vallejo” Heavy Khaki, so that the washes blend in a little better with their rotting flesh, and they’ll be ready for some final highlights.
I’ve also ‘picked out’ the vast majority of boils, sores and innards on another Plaguebearer whose guts are helpfully being extracted by a tiny Nurgling. I’ve actually put together three of these disgusting vignettes in order to make best use of the figures’ larger ‘new’ “Citadel” 32mm round base, and imbue the unit with a little sense of fun.