THE RECIPE FOR THE UCM FLEET HAS FINALLY ARRIVED
I must begin this post with an apology - specifically for those readers who requests a guide or at least a painting recipe for my UCM ships for Dropfleet Commander. It has been a loooong time since the first of those requests, and though I have not had the best opportunities to get this done, I am sure I could have managed it.
The main thing getting in the way (apart from Frostgrave!) was taking pictures of the models stage-by-stage, Due to my preference for daylight photography and my lack of free time during daylight hours, taking pictures of a model stage-by-stage would have taken several weeks. The idea to paint a large number of models at different stages (as you can see below) needed to wait until I had enough spare models for a new squadron of Light Cruisers.
Enough excuses! On to the models!
|The models in their various stages of completion - from basecoat to varnished and battle-ready|
|Once the model is built, I spray black - Citadel Chaos Black is still one of the best on the market and I trust it|
The undercoat is followed with a coat of Vallejo Grey Green liberally applied. This is the base colour for the entire fleet and one of the most important colours in my entire arsenal at the moment
|A small amount of Vallejo Medium Sea Grey is added to the Grey Green and painted around the area of natural highlight such as the prow, tips of the wings (front and back) and the underslung turret mounting (the underbite?)|
The metallic areas are painted with a mixture of Grey Green and Citadel Stormhost Silver - a semi-equivalent to the old Mithril Silver
Several panels will be painted in pure Medium Sea Grey - these are the panels that will be almost white in later stages
All the gaps between the panels are lined back in with Citadel Black Ink, but if you cannot do this or prefer a quicker method I believe some form of panel line wash would work well
|For the next stage, all of the panels are highlight along their edges with Medium Sea Grey|
The white panels are highlight with Medium Sea Grey mixed with Vallejo Silvergrey - careful not to paint in the entire panel
The metallic areas are washed with Citadel Nuln Oil
Lights and similar areas are painted with Citadel Pink Horror or Hawk Turquoise
|The leap from one to another is merely a few shades of grey and some spot colours|