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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Project Dystopian Wars: Test colors

First models painted up, shown on blue paper, and one of my fantasy hills for background. 

Recently did the un-boxing of this starter set, but here are the first paintings of the models.

Started with a Frigate. Figured if I was going to screw this up, then at least it would be a smaller ship so could be hidden along with the others. However I was quickly taken by the painting of it, and the color scheme came along nicely enough.


It has a base of Vallejo Grey Primer ( small bottle ), with the Dark Sea Grey on the lower sections, and the Medium Sea Grey on the top sections. Then mixed with some white to get the final highlight for the greys. All this is done with the airbrush, which was really pushing me to handle it better and make sure I do not overdo it. A great little exercise for me to work on.

For the rest of the ship, the floor boards are painted with Vallejo Model color Wood. Yes.. strange enough, I painted wood with a color called Wood.. and it worked!

Windows are Magic Blue with an Ice Blue dot, then washed with blue glaze. With the boilers at the back of the ship done in copper/bronze to help give it some more contrast.

The red section at the front of the ship will tie more into the ship once I do markings, but I am still undecided on how to do that. So it will have to wait a while yet.


The fighters were hilarious to paint up. Since they are sitting on 20mm bases, and have 3 per base. It was a struggle to see if I could paint them enough to make them stand out. Originally I had attempted a brown base color with the brass side railings, but it just was not working. So although it is weird to see rivets on the blue parts, I think it works better. There is some debate on this point on the Spartan Forums for Tiny Fighters ( there is another one as to whether or not to free them from their base and make them really fly! ). But I just went with the blue, and for now I am happy with that decision.


Fighter colors were one group of 5 done in dark green, and the other set in a set of greys. To help differentiate them between each other. Blue added once more on the fighter cockpit windows. Once more to give it some contrast and to also see if I could paint details on such a small model!

All in all, I really like this project, as it is really pushing my comfort zone into new areas, and making me try new techniques at a small or different scale of models. Lots of fun, and looking forward to seeing how the others will turn out. WIP shots below..

Last 8 Frigates.. greys finished.. 

6 Cruisers.. base and dark grey applied.. 

Battleship with the base and dark grey applied.. will be fun to paint this up!

9 comments:

  1. Your progress looks great so far, can't wait to see some of the bigger ones painted up.

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    1. Thanks! They were a lot of fun to do. Might even invest in more tiny fighters as they were interesting to paint up.

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  2. Nice! Love the bright blues, very striking colours! Like your island in the back too! :)

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    1. Thanks! The island though is just one of my hills for Fantasy, but I think it fit in nicely here too. :)

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  3. Thet've come up really well, great colour palette on them.

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    1. Thanks.. new scheme for a new scale of models! Haven't worked on something this small before, so it is a nice change!

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  4. Very nice so far, the blue stands out nicely.

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    1. Thanks.. was hoping it stood out nicely, as composed to be overbearing to the whole model. Cheers!

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  5. Hey, DW and SW! You must be my blog twin. The twin that can paint well.

    Like the colour scheme.

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