1/6000th Scale Ship Painting – Part 1

I mentioned in 1/6000th Ship Painting here in the Hole that I had some ships to paint on a commission. As I have not painted vessels in this scale before I decided that I would chronicle my efforts painting these vessels. So, over the coming week or so I will post the tale of my first efforts at painting 1/6000th ships. I will describe how I started with this


which is the Hallmark/Figurehead 1/6000th Greek vessels from the Balkan Wars and World War 1, the Averoff, Limnos and Kilkis (the Limnos and Kilkis were Mississippi class battleships purchased from the USA and in the photo are the two vessels with the large masts representing the American lattice or cage masts). The squares marked on the cutting surface in the photograph are all 1 cm square.

and then turned it into this averoff et al

These are the Averoff, Limnos and Kilkis painted along with their sea bases. I still need to attach labels to the painted sea bases to complete the job. We are currently just trying to think of how to do this.

The next part in this series will be the preparation of the vessels of the Greek and Ottoman fleets to make them ready for painting. I’ll then describe the painting process and show pictures of the vessels at each stage of the process.

I will freely admit that as I looked at the completed vessels, I was quite surprised at how good they looked one painted – rivalling the detail and appearance of the 1/3000th scale vessels I have painted to date. If I had not made such an investment in 1/3000th so far, then I think that definitely I would be considering 1/6000th as my naval wargaming scale of choice.

I’ll leave this post with the words of John, who commissioned me to do this painting. I had sent him a photo of the painted vessels and he responded with:

WOW!  Great job!  Its hard to believe the change when they are painted.

The articles covering this painting progress are:

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