Well that has been a horrible couple of weeks! Illness took me away from my hobby stuff which is always annoying, but I am at last starting to feel a little better… well enough to get a small amount of painting done.
This time I have been working on my 3D printed ACW ships ready for games of Blood Sweat & Iron, these four ships turned out fine from the printer but did need a little bit of repairing and cleaning before I could get any paint near them.
So after the repairs were done the ships were stuck on their bases, to this I added the river texture and as always this was done using GW liquid green stuff.
This was a little “wet” this time as it was a fairly new pot, so it did take a little longer than normal as I had to add extra layers to build up the bow wave etc.
But it was still easy to do and I was fairly happy with the effect on the ship’s bases, they should match in well with all my other ships when finished.
After priming black I painted all the wooden areas including the decking ( I did miss one area on the USS Monarch which I went back after and painted ) this was done as normal with Beasty Brown followed by a Buff dry brush and several thin coats of Light Tone.
Then I painted all the white areas with just a basic white, when this was dry, I added a very thin coat of Light Tone, this was just to take away the bright white finish and to pick out some of the details on the roof sections…
Some people I have spoken to do not like the finish that some 3D printers leave on the top surfaces of their printed models, but I find I really like the finish when printing ACW ships, it sometimes looks like planking or ridges in the metal etc. it just adds a nice amount of texture.
Then after covering up a few splashes and brush marks on the black areas I simply dry brushed all the metal areas with Gun Metal.
Well that’s a really nice simple paint job for these four ships, I am not 100% happy with the windows on the side white sections on the USS Indianola they are a little messy, but they will be ok for my games.
Overall I think they have turned out fine and once I get the bases painted they should fit in with all my other ships really nicely.