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Painting dreadfleet

Painting dreadfleet

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Base coating the ships

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The sails

Base coating the sails and hulls was done by airbrush.

Sails of the pirate ships: after priming with white surface primer, I’ve base coated whit Model Air white. This is a brighter white than the primer. It makes the sails looks nicer and covers any remaining bare plastic.

Sails of the undead ships: their black primer serves as base coat.

The hulls

The pirate flagship and The Swordfish were base coated in Model Color Chocolate Brown from Vallejo. For the Flaming Scimitar I used Model Color Wood Grain from Vallejo. This is a more red brown, but on a black undercoat, there’s hardly any visible difference. I added airbrush flow improver for both.

Skabrus received a base coat in Model Air Light Grey to make the body of the ship look like decaying or dead flesh.Skabrus received a base coat in Model Air Light Grey to make the body of the ship look like decaying or dead flesh.
The elven ship received an extra coat or Model Air White for a very clean white hull.The elven ship received an extra coat or Model Air White for a very clean white hull.

The decks

The decks of the ships will be base coated with a brush, as well as some other parts requiring a different colour base coat. For example: the roofs of the Heldenhammer on the photo bellow, painted in Model Color dark red. Vallejo’s Dark Red looks a bit, well, … I won’t say purple, but not so very red. I intend to alter the colour a bit through washes and dry brushing in a later stage.

The deck of Heldenhammer was base coated with Old Wood from the Panzer Aces Range. The figurehead was base coated black to use metallic paints on it in the future. At the moment I don’t intend to use much metallics or other colours on the ship to preserve the look of a wooden ship.

The flags are base coated white. In a later stages I want the colours I will paint the flags in, to look bright.

Base coating the ships

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