Painting Tips and Tricks for Gorn Ships

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By Jean Sexton (Jsexton) on Friday, March 02, 2012 - 09:09 pm: Edit

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By William Stec (Billstec2) on Saturday, February 02, 2013 - 09:17 am: Edit

Here's my first try at a Gorn. I selected a flat black hull because frankly, having several fleets in different shades of grey was getting BORING. Klingons, grey-blue, Romulans, light grey. Gorns are "supposed" to be a dark grey, and it looked okay, but I wanted to have more table-top appeal.

The engine "glow" was particularly tricky to figure out, but I think the effect works. The black hull is slightly darker than the pictures show; I was trying to enhance the engine glow and other details by over-exposing the picture a bit.

In the original Dark Grey that I decided was too boring. The mini is incomplete at this point; I was trying to see how the hull color contrasted with the engine detailing.

In black:

Any suggestions?

By Patrick H. Dillman (Patrick) on Saturday, February 02, 2013 - 01:46 pm: Edit

I like this black/gray color much more than the orginal gray.

Maybe to enhance the engine glow, try a very pale yellow dry brush.

Can't wait to see what it'll look like with decals!

By William Stec (Billstec2) on Saturday, February 02, 2013 - 04:15 pm: Edit

Who has decals for the Gorns? Haven't seen any.

Hmm...I'll try that idea on the very pale yellow dry brush.

After I posted the pics, I did some drybrushing on some of the detailing, which helped the appearance considerably.

By Shawn Hantke (Shantke) on Saturday, February 02, 2013 - 09:40 pm: Edit

How about glow in the dark green paint?

By William Stec (Billstec2) on Saturday, February 02, 2013 - 10:16 pm: Edit

Bob just posted some really nice Gorn work on Mongoose's forum. He makes mine look like ca-ca in comparison. :)

Haven't seen any glow in the dark paint. Have to think about that.

By Matthew Potter (Neonpico) on Saturday, February 02, 2013 - 10:18 pm: Edit

I noticed the separation at the edge of the forward bubble (seen in the first picture). Is that sort of defect common?

By Dal Downing (3deez) on Saturday, February 02, 2013 - 11:18 pm: Edit

That is actually by design and not a separation issue. It is present on the CAD models.

By Matthew Potter (Neonpico) on Sunday, February 03, 2013 - 12:53 am: Edit


By John Erwin Hacker (Godzillaking) on Sunday, February 03, 2013 - 03:31 am: Edit

GOD all of you are making me "green with envy". I wish I could afford these but I can't.

Have fun everyone :)

By Patrick H. Dillman (Patrick) on Sunday, February 03, 2013 - 11:41 am: Edit

Hmm, thought there were some Gorn decals for the 2500 line.

I bought some for the 2400 line a few years a go.

(starts rummaging though desk)

By Patrick H. Dillman (Patrick) on Sunday, February 03, 2013 - 05:50 pm: Edit

Follow up: Yep, got some decals for the DN, DD and CA/BC 2400's. From Starfighter-decals. Looks like they've been discontinued however. Got them mostly for the old style Gorn DN that's been sitting on my desk for more than a year.

By Tony L Thomas (Scoutdad) on Sunday, February 03, 2013 - 05:53 pm: Edit

We hope to have the Klingon, Kzinti, and Gorn decals available soon.

Romulans may take a bit longer to develop.

By William Stec (Billstec2) on Monday, February 04, 2013 - 12:00 pm: Edit

Here's the new pics, version 2 with a few changes, specifically the raised areas drybrushed with a lighter black shade, the shuttlebay launch rails and pads are done now.

I did the scales in a metallic color. In my ACTA:SF universe, the scales are pre-War design phased array shield generators, which gradually got phased out (though not totally as a powerful Gorn lobbyist for the shield generator maunfacturer got the procurement officials to continue using his product in the name of economy and efficiency, over this new-fangled design that costs more) :)

Wouldn't you know it, a cat hair appeared in the first picture. At least it isn't embedded in the paint this time. :(

By Patrick H. Dillman (Patrick) on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 - 12:05 am: Edit

Very Nice!! That looks great!

(Good lighting on the pics too.)

By William Stec (Billstec2) on Thursday, February 07, 2013 - 11:31 am: Edit

Okay. here are pictures of my first Gorn squadron, to be used in a convention game in a few weeks:
Gorn HDD and 2 BDD, V3 (white added to base coat)

I made the base coat of 1:2 Emerald Green to Jade Green lighter with some white paint, and then used a wash of 1:3 Emerald Green and water to highlight the green. The tricky part was to allow the yellowish metallic particles to settle and then move aside most of the paint away, so that I could use the brush to pick up more particles. Otherwise, the Emerald Green made the whole thing too dark by the time I got it "shiny" enough.

By Terry O'Carroll (Terryoc) on Thursday, February 07, 2013 - 11:39 am: Edit

Nice. Jean may want those pics for Facebook, if you're willing to let ADB use them.

By Jean Sexton (Jsexton) on Thursday, February 07, 2013 - 11:47 am: Edit

Jean already got permission to kidnap them. :)

By Lawrence Bergen (Lar) on Thursday, February 07, 2013 - 12:35 pm: Edit

WS: How tall are those stands? IOW how high off the table/map is the ship? The base seems wide enough that they will not tip but it seems that lowering the ship (shortening the stem) might increase the level of protection.

By William Stec (Billstec2) on Thursday, February 07, 2013 - 01:40 pm: Edit


They are the standard stands that used to come with the minis. They have 2 stems; the taller one puts the minis about 2" off the table, and the "shorter" one is about 1/4" less.

I would have really preferred the short ones to be about an inch off the table to be sure.

I have more tipping issues with the optional small bases that I use with frigates.

By Lawrence Bergen (Lar) on Thursday, February 07, 2013 - 03:38 pm: Edit

Thanks, good to know.

By William Stec (Billstec2) on Friday, February 22, 2013 - 09:53 am: Edit

More Gorn ships:

Gorn Light Cruiser:


Gorn Battlecruiser:


Gorn Medium Cruiser:


By Bill Stec (Billstec2) on Monday, December 09, 2013 - 10:19 pm: Edit

Gorn Battle Destroyer Scout and Heavy Destroyer Scout, both with traditional Special Sensor dishes:

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