Sunday, 9 October 2016

Dropfleet Commander first look

After a some what frustrating week I was fortunate enough to call in at the Dropfleet Commander launch event at Wayland Games. I was handed some sprues and asked to come up with some simple but effective colour schemes. 









 With access to limited paints and supplies, I built 8 UCM Frigares, and 8 Scourge Frigates, and primed half of each with Army Painter Uniform Grey spray, and the other half with Army Painter Plate Mail Spray.






Paints I had access too were the following:-
Vallejo
990 Light Grey
Game Colour Sun Yellow
Game Colour Glorious Gold
Game Colour Bloody Red
Game Colour WhitePrimer
Game Colour Black Ink 
Game Colour Chain Mail

Games Workshop
Waystone Green
Averland Sunset
Druchii Violet
Nuln Oil

Brushes used were an Army Painter Regiment Brush, and a Citadel Shade Brush, with other tools being Citadel Superglue, Army Painter clippers and an xacto blade.

For ease of handling I have superglued the ships to a length of sprue, the models can then simply be cut off with a sharp blade and the paint work neatened up ready for use.

Uniform Grey primed ships

UCM
Step 1 Drybrush Vallejo Pale Grey
Step 2 Pick out spot colours with Averland Sunset or Bloody Red










 
Step 3 Shade with Nuln Oil (Ship A was washed with Druchii Violet)
Step 4 Dry brush white
Step 5  Pick out details with Black Ink








Step 6 Dry Brush engines with Glorious Gold
Step 7 Give engines another coat of Black Ink










Step 8 Pick out spot colours again to make them brighter and bolder using another coat of either Bloody Red or Sun Yellow
Step 9 (Optional) Paint exhaust of engines white, then give them a coat of Druchii Violet) Pick out centre with white again to give impression of glow.









Scourge
Ship A
Step 1 Paint with Druchii Violet
Step 2 Paint stripes of Black Ink
Step 3 Drybrush Glorious Gold
Step 4 Paint Eyes and engines white
Step 5 Paint Eyes and engines  Druchii Violet, then give them another spot of white






Ship B


Step 1 Drybrush Bloody Red
Step 2 Shade with Nuln Oil
Step 3 Dry brush Bloody Red
Step 4 Dry Brush Glorious Gold along the top ridges
Step 5 Paint Eyes and engines white
Step 6 Paint Eyes and engines  Druchii Violet, then give them another spot of white





Ship C
Step 1 Dry Brush White Primer
Step 2 Dry Brush Averland Sunset along ridges and top edges
Step 3 Shade with Nuln Oil
Step 4 Dry brush white areas white
Step 5 Dry brush yellow areas with Sun Yellow 
Step 6 Paint Eyes and engines white
Step 7 Paint Eyes and engines  Druchii Violet, then give them another spot of white

Ship D
Step 1Paint stripes of Waystone Green
Step 2 Shade with Nuln Oil
Step 3 Drybrush Glorious Gold along ridges
Step 4 Paint Eyes and engines white
Step 5 Paint Eyes and engines  DruchiiViolet, then give them another spot of white




Plate Mail Spray
UCM
Ship A
Step 1 Shade with Nuln Oil
Step 2 Drybrush white
Step 3 Pick out Bloody Red details
Step 4 Paint engines and weapons Black Ink
Step 5 Paint lights Averland Yellow
Step 6 Pick out lights and engine exhaust with White
Step 7 Shade engines with Druchii Violet
Step 8 Pick out Engine Centre with White

Ship B
Step 1 Paint with Waystone Green. (May require several coats to get a bold green)
Step 2 Drybrush Chain Mail
Step 3 Paint Waystone Green again
Step 4 Paint turrets and details Light Grey
Step 5 Paint Weapons and details White Primer, leaving some grey showing at edges
Step 6 Paint engines and weapons Black Ink
Step 7 Paint lights Averland Yellow
Step 8 Pick out lights and engine exhaust with White
Step 9 Shade engines with Druchii Violet
Step 10 Pick out Engine Centre with White

Ship C
Step 1 Paint with Black Ink
Step 2 Drybrush white
Step 3 Pick out Averland Sunset details
Step 4 (Optional) Paint Averland Sunset details Sun Yellow
Step 5 Paint engines and weapons Black Ink
Step 6 Paint lights Averland Yellow
Step 7 Pick out lights and engine exhaust with White
Step 8 Shade engines with Druchii Violet
Step 9 Pick out Engine Centre with White

Ship D
Step 1 Shade with Nuln Oil only in the deepest details
Step 2 Drybrush Chainmail
Step 3 Pick out Bloody Red details
Step 4 Paint engines and weapons Black Ink
Step 5 Paint lights and details Averland Yellow
Step 6 Pick out lights and engine exhaust with White
Step 7 Shade engines with Druchii Violet
Step 8 Pick out Engine Centre with White


Scourge
Ship A
Step 1 Shade with Druchii Violet
Step 2 Drtbrush Glorious Gold
Step 3 Shade with Druchii Violet
Step 4 Drybrush Chainmail
Step 5 Pick out lights and engine exhaust with White
Step 6 Shade engines with Druchii Violet
Step 7 Pick out Engine Centre with White





Ship B
Step 1Paint stripes of Druchii Violet. This may take a few coats to get a strong colour. Allow each layer to dry before doing the next.
Step 2 Paint stripes of Waystone Green. This may take a few coats to get a strong colour. Allow each layer to dry before doing the next.
Step 3 Drybrush Chainmail
Step 4 Pick out lights and engine exhaust with White
Step 5 Shade engines with Druchii Violet
Step 6 Pick out Engine Centre with White

Ship C
Step 1Paint stripes of Druchii Violet. This may take a few coats to get a strong colour. Allow each layer to dry before doing the next.
Step 2 Paint stripes of Black Ink. This may take a few coats to get a strong colour. Allow each layer to dry before doing the next.
Step 3 Dry brush Chainmail
Step 4 Dry brush  spines with Glorious Gold
Step 5 Pick out lights and engine exhaust with White
Step 6 Shade engines with Druchii Violet
Step 76 Pick out Engine Centre with White

Ship D
Step 1Paint stripes of Averland Sunset. This may take a few coats to get a strong colour. Allow each layer to dry before doing the next.
Step 2 Paint stripes of Black Ink. This may take a few coats to get a strong colour. Allow each layer to dry before doing the next.
Step 3 Dry brush Chainmail
Step 4 Pick out some details with Glorious Gold
Step 5 Pick out lights and engine exhaust with White
Step 6 Shade engines with Druchii Violet
Step 7 Pick out Engine Centre with White


These techniques are designed to be quick and easy, and I managed to get all 16 vessels from sprue to painted starting at about 12:30, and finished around 21:00, including a drive home at peak traffic, lunch, dinner and time to look at toys. 






Real time I think I probably spent no more than 5-6 hours in total.  These are fantastic little models and deceptively big too, the cruisers and battle cruisers are really quite significant models, and I can't wait for the battleships to be available. 






I haven't had a chance to try the game yet so can't comment on the game play, but seeing games in action there appeared to be a lot of movement and focus on objectives, but hopefully I'll get a game in soon!








I'm going to try some airbrush techniques in the next week or two on some cruisers and more frigates to try out some colour schemes in readiness for my Kickstarter arriving. For those unfamiliar with the Dropzone/Dropfleet universe you can find out more in my over view of Dropzone here, and visit the Hawk Wargames Website for more info. 
As ever, you can see more of my work or contact me regarding commissions at Volley Fire Painting Service





























 






4 comments:

  1. Awesome work on those Andy! I'm enjoying listening to the BY&H podcast too while I paint. :-) Your painting tips are really great and something you don't hear too much on podcasts.

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    1. Thank you that's wonderful to hear! Would you like me to mention or cover anything specific?

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