Picking up from a few weeks ago (prior to the interruption of the Pirate crew), here are my Jager class airships, alongside 3 newer models sporting Tesla weapons on the topside, primed sometime during a spare moment last week, followed by a basecoat.
Yes, I'm thinking of a predominantly gray color. The distinguishing
feature will be an iron cross decal. Other than the Tesla weapons,
there's not much else that stands out from the model. However, I still
find the general shape and appearance to be very cool. I need a way to bring out the lines and shape of the dirigible for the Jagers. For the other ones (forgot their name), the focus should be the weapon. I want to make it look very mechanical, but it's going to be hard to bring out the details on such a small model. I'm going to try oil washes for the first time.
Added metallic basecoats today. Testing the look -- nothing final.
I actually used a bronze-gold color on the Tesla weapon, but it doesn't have enough contrast against the copper and steel mechanisms. I'm going to need to highlight the gun with a gold that is more yellow, probably. I want it to look like a shiny brass, though, not gold.
I hope I can paint the rear elevators with the black & white stripes of the other aircraft, but I'm not sure if it's going to work as well on the smaller width. I'm thinking a grey-blue for the vertical stabilizer. I could also see the whole bunch of them painted a dingy Red Baron red, instead of the gray.
I'm not crazy about the wing structures being painted steel, but they are a continuation of the front sidebeam, which I do want to be steel. Hmmm....
Actually the front, the sidebeam, and the wing structures are painted Tamiya Platinum, which is an alcohol-based paint. I like the unique color, but I've decided I don't like alcohol-based paint. It gets too viscous, too fast. I tried it in my ceramic well palette, and it just gets goopy. It doesn't work on a wet palette either - it separates. I'm sure I'm probably attempting to use the wrong tool for the wrong job.
What are alcohol-based paints best used for?