Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Element270 Painting Challenge


As discussed in a previous post, I have decided to (finally) start on my Republique of France fleet, and saw the Painting Challenge over on the Element270 Blog as the perfect opportunity to get into gear. The rules are simple enough - one of the new Naval Battle Group boxes (or the equivalent in models, two Large/Massive vessels, two Medium squadrons, two Small squadrons plus SAS) to be painted between July 1st and September 1st - two months. More than enough time!

I already had a rather large French fleet sitting unpainted on my desk, but the look of the new Sant Malo Heavy Battleship was just too good to miss, and the new Dieppe-class Cruisers looked nice too... so my collection is even bigger now, probably adding up to around 3,500pts. For this challenge, however, I decided I would concentrate on the actual contents of the Battle Group, and only add other models once they were finished. This would give me some focus, and also ensure I filled out the requirements of the competition without getting distracted and start painting three Couronne-class Assault Carriers or something stupid. 

The contents of the Battle Group are as follows...

Saint Malo-class Heavy Battleship with six Moustique-class Fast Attack Submarines

Couronne-class Assault Carrier

Cherbourg-class Battle CruiserThree Dieppe-class Cruisers

Four Lyon-class Frigates (I may swap these for four Chevalier-class Heavy Destroyers)

Five Requin-class Corvettes

Sixteen SAW tokens

Not a difficult prospect - only the Large vessels daunt me at this point, as I have already painted one test model - the Ecuyer-class Support Cruiser, which you can see here. 

I am happy with the test model, but feel it needs something more to make it *pop* and match some of my more impressive colour schemes for other fleets. I'm not sure at this point whether to add some kind of heraldry to the side of the vessel, or something simple like designations. I will be looking into some of the small decals my Flames of War-playing friends may have spare for this.

The model may also look flat as the Ecuyer-class Support Cruiser does not have any of the more interesting opportunities for spot colour, such as rocket batteries or heat lances. More test models may be needed! I am happy with the shade of blue, however, and the grey is close to what I had wanted - I did not want to veer too far into white. 

Hopefully the fleet as a whole will look good in the scheme, though I do fear that when they are pictured together they may look even blander, which would be a problem. I think I have been spoilt with my interesting Prussian camouflage and need to just paint some French ships. The colour scheme will, as with every other fleet, evolve until I am happy with it. 

Overall I am looking forward to finally breaking into my Republique of France collection and expanding my rather large Imperial Bond force, as well as adding another Core Nation to the painted fleets. The competition is a good idea and I have no clue how many entrants there will be or their general skill level, but overall the prize is not why I am entering - I am entering because it is a great excuse to paint up a new fleet! 

I'm looking forward to starting some more ships soon and keeping track of their progress on this blog... I just hope my plans for the coming Infinity tournament do not get in the way too much! 

Thanks for reading, 


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