I've been trying to tidy up my work area recently; it's such a mess that I've not been able to do any painting for 6 weeks or more now. Rather than just push everything loose into yet more piles, I'm attempting a "deep clean", where I reorganise quite a lot of the storage of my finished models as well as deciding how to arrange all the tools, paints, part-finished figures and materials. Of course, this is going very slowly...
Whilst I was opening some of the tattier cardboard boxes on my shelves to discover what was in them, I came across the following spaceships. I thought that maybe you'd like to see them too, before they go back into a more suitable box. They are my Imperial starships, though I'm not really sure to which Empire they belong.
I have a different Full Thrust "Imperial" fleet, based loosely on the bad guys from Star Wars, but I actually had this fleet painted up first and so technically it's my first set of such ships. Ah, I guess that I just like huge, star-spanning civilisations with grand, hereditary heads of state!
All of these starships are from Games Workshop's Battlefleet Gothic range. They come from the Imperial and Space Marine ranges, though I don't necessarily regard my versions as belonging to the Warhammer 40K Universe.
The superdreadnought "Honourable"
To put a bit of distance between my models and the Warhammer 40K universe, I've painted a Warzone Imperial insignia on the tail fins. That should confuse both sets of fanboys, I think!
The light cruiser "Obedient"
This light cruiser also has a Warzone Imperial insignia on her sides, forward-facing beam weapons and broadsides of missile or gun tubes.
52nd Destroyer Flotilla
|Destroyers: Bonfire, Blaze, Pyrotechnic, Arsonist, Torch, Ember|
The Firestorm-class destroyers have a heavy battery of forward-facing beam weapons. These aren't powerful enough to take on an enemy battleship, but rather their task is to screen their own capital ships from hostile light units.
114th Frigate Squadron
|Frigates: Fer-de-Lance, Asp, Diamondback, Constrictor, Cottonmouth|
The Whole Fleet
This is quite an unbalanced fleet, with plenty of small and large ships but not much in between. I could use a few more cruisers and I might even have 1 unbuilt Space Marine cruiser lying about somewhere.
Will I ever use these models in a game? I hope so, though at the moment I don't have any Full Thrust SSDs for them. I suppose they could also be used in Battlefleet Gothic, or 5150: Star Navy, though, if only I had the time...
What a cracking post C6, I love the idea of a "deep clean" :-) And what a stunning array of ships you've assembled and painted as well. Great work on the yellow. They look absolutely corking, and I wholeheartedly approve of the Imperial insignia. Did you do that free-hand? They look the business. Great work all-round and I'd certainly be very keen to see them in battle at some point :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks. I too love the *idea* of a "deep clean" :-) . However, it's going very slowly and I cannot tell at this stage how long it might be before I can get back to some painting :-( .Delete
Yes, all the painting on these models is freehand - no decals or other guides were used.
A battle? Hmm, I'll need to think about that...
They are stunning, really eye-catching stuff.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Michael. I do like the bright colours and I doubt it makes much difference to their ability to be detected (I'm assuming here that advanced infra-red, radar, gravitational flux or some such sensors are much more significant than optical spotting in space battles!)Delete
I find yellow hard to paint! But they really do stand out against the black of space.ReplyDelete
Full thrust is so much better than GW Gothic! Bravo sir.
Yellow is normally a colour I'd avoid, except maybe for highlights. Sadly, I painted these so long ago that I cannot remember how I did these.Delete
I've never played BFG and therefore I cannot judge for myself which might be better. So I'll have to bow to your superior knowledge :-) .
That's a good colour choice considering the size of the models and how they will play out on the wargaming table. I must admit though that I find W40K battleships designs one of the least appealing among all the SciFi universes out there. I prefer mine with two nacelles and a saucer. ;)ReplyDelete
I've got quite a lot of BFG ships and I tend to agree: the designs aren't as much to my taste as many other starship models.Delete
The yellow colour was something of an experiment, because I hadn't got a "yellow" fleet already. Still, it does stand out, doesn't it :-) ?
Another one of your great FT fleets C6 and another stunning colour scheme.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Joe. It's been a while since I painted this fleet, but I still think it's quite good looking :-) .Delete