1/6000th Ship Painting

I don’t often take painting commissions but when I was asked to paint some World War 1 ships I weakened and said “sure”. I had just finished painting my Italians and so thought painting some extra ships would be fun. I worked out some prices and we struck a deal. Then I discovered that these ships were, in fact, 1/6000th ships from the Hallmark (Figurehead) range. I had assumed they were 1/3000th scale.

So, I received a packet of them today to start painting – Greeks and Turks from World War 1 and thought I would record the process as I kind of sorted it out as I went along. First task then was to adjust the prices. This was done.

Second task was some research on vessel colours. I turned to my usual three sources, namely Conway’s, Jane’s and Mal ((See Colour Schemes of World War 1 Warships here in Thomo’s Hole)). I uncovered the following from those sources

The Greek ships will be in a basic mid grey with torpedo boats painted black. Ships boats on those vessels were brown (where these can be seen of course – the 1/6000th vessels are really quite small but you will see more about that in later posts).

The Turkish ships at the time of the Balkan Wars as well as later in World War 1 were khaki in colour with wood decks. The bridge floor and upper surfaces were a bright tan colour. Areas between the funnels (where coal was handled a lot) were painted in a flat black, I guess so that the coal dust did not show. Ships boats were dark tan. Torpedo boats were either a chocolate brown or black colour – I’m trying to see if I can work out which ones were which … but I suspect that is going one step too far and I’ll end up trying to guess off the black and white pictures in Conway’s and Jane’s.

Oh, and the large Turkish ships (and here I am assuming the Yavuz and the Midilli) were likely in Light Grey – just for a bit of variation.

Next article on this will be the prepping of the ships, and then I’ll follow the painting progress.

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