Thursday, May 8, 2014

Dystopian Wars - Plutarch Destroyer

Hi everyone,

Today I want to write about my Plutarch Destroyers for my COA naval force.  To be frank, I haven't had a lot of success with these, simply because my opponent seems to be taken back by their  'aggressive form' and 'terrifying nature'. Well at least I like to think so!

The truth is they tend to get marked for destruction pretty early in the game - but they are one of my favorite units in the army, and I enjoy seeing them on the table.

So it was about high time I started painting them.  A few posts back, when I was painting up the Diogenes frigates, I mentioned I wanted my small ships to reflect the paint scheme of fish. No different for the Plutarchs, but instead of a fish, I wanted them to look like orca killer whales! - or as close as possible.

The first step, as always, was a black undercoat, with Vallejo primer.  I can't praise this stuff more.  Not only is it a great primer but also works as a base coat!

The next step was to airbrush in the white spots of an orca.  I had to do a quick search on the internet for this, and found out that most all orcas have more or less the same patterns.
When the white was dry I started to paint I the metallics and trim the white patterns with black paint.
 Add details was the next step, followed by some brown and black enamel washes which were cleaned up with white spirit.
Like the other models in my COA army there is no highlighting or shading, just base colours painted on neatly and several washes.  This gives a modest yet effective tabletop paint finish to my army.  I have to admit these Plutarch 'orca' destroyers have not proven to be very popular with friends - but hey! I like them.

And finally the traditional group shot with a capitol ship, just to put things into perspective with respect to size.

Well that is all for now.  Next week it is the turn of the Ptolemy bombers.  Until then,

Farewell and good health,

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