While I had my camera out, I also snapped some pictures of some AeroTech Union and Overlord class dropships that I have been wanting to show off. With a little help from Picassa, you can see these pictures in the embedded slideshow below, or you can see the full size images in my miniatures gallery.
For the Panthers I employed a non-standard method for painting these. It went something like this:
- Start with a black primer coat.
- Drybrush a dark grey, then gradually work up to lighter shades.
- Accidentally splatter with Pink Paint. Really dump it on.
- Wash off most of the pink paint, and spread the rest around a bit.
- Accent with magenta ink.
- Highlight with Metallic Inks, as shown here.
- Apply matte varnish.
- Apply a flat black glaze to "deep" areas to further knock down shininess and bring up the contrast.
- Add lettering in white ink for the ship names (in process).
- (next) Mount on Ninja Magic flight adapters?
Since these are "Panther" cruisers, I decided to name them after cats I have known. The first is "Telstar" after a big black cat we had when I was very young. The second is "Boris" after an even bigger black* Maine Coon who has assisted in the development of Squadron Strike (Boris allows Ken to type, sometimes).
* Boris informs me he is actually a mackeral tabby.
The AeroTech dropships were an experiment in how much I could do with metallic inks, and I am very pleased with the result. I started with a black primer, and applied a number of thin layers of silver ink until I got a solid tone. Some highlighting with copper ink, black ink on the doors and some black-lining the details finished them off nicely. These came out with a much better metallic look than I get from metallic paints.