Mixed Progress – from the work bench

Ming class Chinese submarines to the right and Kilo class Indian to the left
Ming class Chinese submarines to the right and Kilo class Indian to the left

I managed to get some painting time over the weekend and knocked out another three Kilo-class submarines for the Indians and the 3 Han-class submarines for the Chinese.

The sea bases were the most time consuming part of the painting progress, after all, how long can it take to paint a 2 cm long model dark grey then wash again in black?

I’m not sure I actually like to appearance of the sea bases at the moment but it’s the best I’ve been able to come up with on a flat surface. Whilst I also like what others have done by way of sea bases – see Of Mice and Tiny Men and a Lead Odyssey for some nice textured sea bases texturing has not been working for me so far. I won’t mention my recent failure again but suffice it to say that some point I will need to sit down and try and do a proper job.

In the meantime, I guess the two-dimensional hand painted ocean will have to do – at least until I find some Hammered Metal (Coral colour) here in Singapore. The Han-class at the rear for example will need a bit of a touch up, the wake is too white. A bit more of a repaint tonight I expect.

At least one of the targets on the Kilo-class also needs a touch-up. Oh well – sometimes it works and sometimes it don’t!

Some harriers, Il-38s and Ka-25s
Some harriers, Il-38s and Ka-25s

Also under-way at the moment are some aircraft – Harriers, Il-38s and Ka-25s (filling in for Ka-27s) of the Indian navy.

I am not sure with the aircraft whether I will just leave them on their metal bases as they come or mount them on 1 cm x 1 cm (or 2 x 2) plastic squares to bring them up to ship height. Some prototyping of that tonight as well I guess.

And yes, apart from finishing the Kilo-class submarines for the Indians and the Ming-class for the Chinese tonight I will also start on some of the surface vessels – INS Vikrant and the three Rajputs are the rest of tonight’s painting target.

Mind you, just looking at the dark blue base (well, Citadel’s Regal Blue which I suppose is close to the old Ultramarine Blue) there is a lot to be said for the plain blue base with just a white wake.

Hmmmm

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4 thoughts on “Mixed Progress – from the work bench

  1. Doug 3 June 2013 / 5:01 pm

    starting to look the Biz there. I really need to get my basing sorted out…

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    • thomo the lost 3 June 2013 / 5:20 pm

      Me too re the basing – I reckon if I can get the %&)£@#~%$ sea-bases sorted tonight, I could finish the fleets within the next two weeks – I have 15mm ACW, 2mm Aeronef terrain and two 15mm DBA armies calling for my attention!

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  2. benjaminwalton 4 June 2013 / 1:48 pm

    The basing looks good to me. Ive given up on geting mine to look the same each time, the sea never looks the same in reality any way. Looking forward to seeing the rest finished off. Its inspired me to get back to some of my modern ships

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    • thomo the lost 5 June 2013 / 10:56 am

      Thanks. I have bitten the bullet on the basing and am just trusting that when the varnishing comes, it’ll look right on the night! 🙂

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