Following requests for a guide on how Indian Raj fleet was painted, I have taken the opportunity to record my painting of a second Canda-class Monitor. This process follows an incredibly simple set of stages, and is very similar to the process used for my Prussian fleet (detailed in a previous blog entry found here).
The modified Flecktarn camouflage has attracted a lot of attention, prompting a wide variety of reactions - some good and some bad. I fully understand those who do not see why an infantry camouflage would be used on a sea-going vessel, but I wanted to paint something other than grey! After seeing the work done by a gentleman named Sheep I thought it would look good on a slab-sided vessel like the ships of the Indian Raj, and I am very happy with the result. The Spartan Games Studio scheme was an interesting one to look over, but I had seen Sheep's work before the release of those pictures, and had already made up my mind.
For those of you looking for a better reason, please keep in mind I recently painted an entire Covenant of Antarctica fleet bright red. Rule of Cool!
|Undercoat with Citadel Chaos Black spray|
|The main hull colour is liberally applied - in this case, Citadel Steel Legion Drab|
|The entire model is washed with Army Painter Dark Tone. This does a huge amount of work for the model, shading everything and effectively finishing off the decking. It is from this base that we begin adding detail|
METALLICS - THE BRASS
|All the sections of brass are first highlighted with a coat of pure Citadel Brass Scorpion, covering almost all of the brass section apart from the edges and recesses|
|A small amount of Citadel Runefang Steel is added to the Brass Scorpion, and used as a highlight across the edges and naturally lighter/higher areas|
|A final highlight is done by mixing in more Runefang Steel, normally reserved for the funnels, and then the recesses are lined with a mixture of Vallejo Turquoise and Army Painter Dark Tone. This gives a verdigris effect, and is used sparingly|
|The silver areas are highlighted with Citadel Runefang Steel, being careful not to go too deep into the recesses|
|Small details such as the hatches and doors may need a re-highlight at this point|
|The Generator is the only gold item on the Monitor, and painted with Vellejo Brass. This was highlighted by adding increasing amounts of Citadel Runefang Steel and finally washed with Citadel Seraphim Sepia|
|The hull was blocked back in with Citadel Steel Legion Drab, taking care to avoid the recesses|
|The areas that will not painted with the camouflage pattern were highlighted by adding increasing amounts of Vallejo Iraqi Sand to the Citadel Steel Legion Drab. This is mainly around areas of the superstructure and the top edges of the hull|
|To begin the camouflage, large areas of orange are painted across the model, entirely at random. These are mixed from Vallejo Orange Red and Citadel Mournfang Brown|
|Small dots are added to finish off the camouflage, using Vallejo Deck Tan|
|The entire model is dry-brushed with an extremely dry (almost non-existent) Vallejo Sky Grey. The model is then finished with Army Painter Matt Varnish Spray|
Thanks for reading,