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Re: Paint Schemes for Full Thrust

From: Rick Rutherford <rickr@s...>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 1997 10:33:40 -0400
Subject: Re: Paint Schemes for Full Thrust

> On Mon, 7 Apr 1997, Nezach wrote:
>	What are your painting phlosophies for your ships?

The thing I keep in mind when I'm painting a starship model is the need
for contrast. If you think about it, the difference in color between the
shadows & highlights on a starship hull in space will be stark --
after all, there's no atmosphere to disperse the starlight when it hits
the hull, so the transition from light to dark will be very sharp.

One thing I like to do is to find every little bump that's sticking up
from the model and paint them with bright silver or gold. I find that
metallic highlights make them look more like futuristic starships and
less like airplanes in space.

>	Do you do the matte grey "Star Wars" thing, or do you go for the

> Narn "Zebra on drugs" paint scheme or a variation on both?  

I started with grey, using white for highlights and black for the
in the creases, and I still like it a lot. I usually choose one overall
color for the whole ship, and then vary the tones somewhat. I also
like using blue and red for base coats.

> Do you even bother painting the minis you play with (eather too eager
> to play or *gasp* don't like to paint)  

I'd never play with unpainted figures!

> Are elaborate CNS fleet markings complete with ship numbers your thing 

Nope. I can't see myself painting 1/2400 scale ship numbers.

> Do you think ships would even be painted or that it would make a 
> difference what the color of a cruser is when you are firing on it
> half a light minute away?  

Sure they'd be painted -- one of the best ways to find trouble spots
on the outside of a starship's hull would be to look for the places
the paint has been damaged/discolored.

Rick Rutherford ----- ----- The above opinions are mine.
"I've seen collisions on fire off the side of the ethernet LAN. 
I've seen the lights on the CSU/DSU glitter in the dark near the router.

All these things will be lost in time, like dropped packets. Time to

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