I've decided to take a wee break from the Napoleonic insanity and do something completely different.
Sylvain and I tried out Spartan Games' Firestorm Armada several weeks ago which was good fun so I thought I'd check out both Uncharted Seas and Dystopian Wars as they use many of the same rules mechanics. Once I got a good look at some of the steampunk models for Dystopian Wars I knew that is what I wanted to try, so I went for it whole hog and purchased the starter fleets for Prussia, Britain, USA and Japan.
I decided to try the ships for The Empire of the Blazing Sun first as I had a few ideas of how I wanted to do them from seeing period Japanese woodblock prints.
These castings are quite stylized, kinda remiding me of the art-deco locomotives of the 1920's. First up are a few of the smallest ships, the frigates.
|Two of the Frigates.|
Then the Meat and Potatoes of the Fleet, the hardworking cruisers.
|Three cruisers. The structures on the top and rear of the hull are rocket pods.|
Here's an example of one of the Capital Class ships:
|The brass disc pod on the stern is a shield generator...|
The colour scheme is pretty straightforward: I first primed the ships black as I was just too lazy to go out and buy grey primer. I 'lifted' the black basecoat by heavily drybrushing them with Codex Grey, then went over them again with a drybrush of Foundry Austrian White (C shade). I then washed the ships down with a coat of Delvan Mud and highlighted again with Austrian White. The red was GW Red Gore highlighted with Blood Red. The planking is Americana Sable Brown then inked with Flesh Wash and highlighted with Sable Brown again.
I have just finished a bunch of aircraft as well which are kinda crazy looking. I'll put them up on an upcoming post. On the workbench now is the British fleet which I'm going to paint-up in a striped 'Dazzle' pattern similar to what was used in the later part of WWI and in some theatres of WWII. Silly but good fun.