Community Spotlight: Fantastical Ships, A Classic Falcon & Cadia Stands!

January 9, 2019 by brennon

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Come and join us for another delve into the Forums and Projects to find the best of the best from the last week or so. We're going to be getting stuck into lots of great looking pieces this week...

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Dreadfleet Ships by umbra

We're going to be delving back into a game that maybe you forgot existed firstly. Community member umbra has taken up the challenge of painting up the components and ships from Dreadfleet by Games Workshop. Here we have The Skabrus.

Dreadfleet #1 by umbra

The first thing that caught my eye here was the work that has gone into the water. I love how bright blue it is, really feeding into the Fantastical tone of the game and the Old World. The work across the rest of the Skaven ship is great too, getting a really nice 'dead' look to the monster's skin which contrasts nicely with the deep red flag and the various pieces of Skyre equipment which have then been bolted to the side.

This work continues to get better as we look through some of the other ships from the collection with the Seadrake next.

Dreadfleet #2 by umbra

This one was one of my favourite ships from the collection, showing off one of the vessels that would have been used by the High Elves. The shining gold matches well with the brilliant white here and the green dragons clambering around the rigging stand out beautifully.

I think the sails could maybe have benefitted from having the additional work done to the edges but I think that overall the effect is very nice indeed, especially when you see the High Elf masts sticking from the deck which echo their towers on land.

Next, we have the Dwarfen addition to the collection, Grimnir's Thunder.

Dreadfleet #3 by umbra

One of the things that has come out of this project is just how different each of the ships are, giving you a chance to paint up something at the opposite end of the spectrum each time you sit down to give it a go. Here you can see some fine burnished metal painting alongside some parts picked out in bronze. This would be a worthy ship to take control of.

Lastly, we have the ship from the Empire, the Heldenhammer. This is the piece that umbra has gone into most detail on when it comes to painting, breaking down many of the steps into separate posts on the project.

Dreadfleet #4 by umbra

I think the finished article is possibly the best ship of the lot so far. The sails have come out really nicely and the deep brown that makes up the decking works really nicely too. Little spots of metallic work show where the cannons are housed and the fearsome visage of Sigmar on the front is another highlight indeed.

Make sure to go and check out more of umbra's work on the project linked above!

 1979 Kenner Millennium Falcon by misch

Next, we're going to the forums and the 1979 Kenner Millennium Falcon by misch. This might be a familiar ship to those who have seen us mucking around with our own Star Wars collection and I think it has been weathered and highlighted up wonderfully by misch.

1979 Kenner Millennium Falcon #1 by misch

There seems to have been enough done to it to elevate it beyond the level of toy which I like. You'll see below that there has been extensive work done on the ports towards the back of the ship, giving it a really dirty and run-down scheme, as if it really has been taking a battering.

1979 Kenner Millennium Falcon #2 by misch

This kind of weathering would be what I would be very afraid of having a go at. I always think I'd ruin it or put too much on! It's a shame that we didn't get to see a more documented process for how this was brought to life but I think you'll agree that there was been plenty of work going into this.

I reckon plenty of Star Wars fans would be pleased if this was how their copy of the Millennium Falcon turned out!

Cadian Kill Team by suetoniuspaullinus

Last but not least we're turning to the work of the one and only painting powerhouse, suetoniuspaullinus. Not content with painting some great looking Historical forces he has turned his hand to painting up a Cadian Kill Team which I loved the look of!

Cadia Kill Team #2 by suetoniuspaullinus

Again, suetoniuspaullinus' trademark techniques are on show here, blending together the realistic and the out there Sci-Fi into some great looking miniatures. I love his work on facial detail, making sure that they pop out from the rest of the model, really bringing their expressions to the forefront.

I like the way the uniforms have been picked out with a little bit of highlighting and even though this is a mash of greens and browns you can still see all of the important parts of the figures, even when ranked up like this. Kudos for throwing a female soldier into the pack at the back too!

Not content with just that team, suetoniuspaullinus also worked his magic on a Commander for this force too.

Cadia Kill Team #1 by suetoniuspaullinus

Again, a nice blend of different techniques bringing this new addition to his force to life. I have to give him props for sticking so many skulls all over the place too. If you didn't know it was Warhammer 40,000, you certainly do now!

I like the little bit of extra work going into the character for this chap too, giving him the cane to use when instructing his troops rather than waving a chainsword around like a lunatic.

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Every week we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible topics that are put into the Projects, it’s getting more difficult to choose Community Spotlights! We love your work and we hope to see a lot more of it in the future!

If you fancy getting your hobby fingers out and showing off your newest paint job, terrain piece or even greatest gaming achievement, we want to know about it!

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