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Rick Smith
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

malleman: Yeah, I'm excited to get some painting done. The Shanks class
should be a fun one. But Mr. Cloaky will blow it to smithereens. He always does.

Thanks for the advice with the paint pens. Hadn't thought of that!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:18 pm    Post subject: Hydran Paladin Class Dreadnought - In Progress Reply with quote

Still working on this one. Waiting on a few specific colors to be mailed to me so
that the warp and impulse engines, as well as the phaser and gatling phaser
ports can be painted on.

Just taking a break from Star Fleet for a bit...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8007101@N04/2907398733/
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's looking good so far, nice crisp lines on the stripes. It's also a nice pretty blue colour. I do like how Hydran ships have blue/purple/grey schemes that not many other ships have. I also like the weathering in front of the fusion beam (?) emitters, very nice. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That Paladin... sweeet! I love the clean, neat and even paint job, with perfect detailing. I wish I could do that well.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful! Like I've said before, it makes it kinda sad to have to shoot at them....
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But you don't *have* to shoot at them if it bothers you that much! I'm sure the ships in question won't complain...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So that's what you been up to...

This almost inspires me to get off my butt and try painting my failed Romulans once more. Well see.

Very nice. I expect no less.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Davec_24: Thanks man! It was the first time for masking off things on
such a small model. Mostly happy with the result. I was actually trying
to go for recessed (for lack of a better word) "pocket" fusion beams
instead of the weapons that are mounted on the outside of Hydran
ships, but when I was finished it really looks like scorched marks as
well. A happy accident.

terryoc: Thanks! Lots of patience and holding of breath...heh.

Kang: Thanks mister. You flatter me. I'm sure once the game started,
you'd have no trouble lighting the ship up though. Very Happy

Mr. Cloaky: Nah, this was just a hour + during a frustrated period of
working on an illustration. I need a break before my mind imploded
from some busted anatomy. Finish those Romulans - I'm positive they'll
be great!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it looks cool whichever way Smile I've never really managed to get masking to work, especially for finer detail, but that's probably because I use a good old fashioned paint brush (don't have and can't afford a decent airbrush) to finish my models...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whatever tools you use, keep using them! That looks just great.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Davec_24 & OGOPTIMUS: Thanks guys. Actually the only masking I really did was the
white band around the ship. The rest was all hand painted using a "0" sized W&N paintbrush
kept to a good tip. I thought about using decals for the rest of the painted on details, but I
was on a roll and didn't want to take the time to make them.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks fine with the details painted on, I wouldn't worry about decals. So, is it going to have any (painted?) markings, like the letters you sometimes see on the bands around the ships? That can give a nice touch to Hydran ships. Also what's in store for the engines? Keep up the good work, anyway. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work on that one. I can't wait to see more of your Hydrans...

It almost makes me want to go play a game using them for something other than target practice! Smile
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Rick Smith
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:24 pm    Post subject: Hydran Paladin & Federation Constitution Updates Reply with quote

Both are fully painted and awaiting decals.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8007101@N04/2924365587

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8007101@N04/2925214612
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job on those, very neat indeed. I like the detail in the Paladin's engines, that looks pretty cool. Did you just dry-brush a bit of white into the middle of each engine?
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