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Offline AlW

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Re: Monogram Maquis Ship
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2018, 04:59:52 am »
Hi there!

After buttoning up the Raider and taking care of some seam issues, it's time to select the color pallet for the myriad of panels, vents and covers.  After studying photos of the studio model, work done on SFMA by Lewilsons, on Starship Modeler by Carlos Zangrando, and elsewhere by Warren Zoell, I'm convinced there's no one way or right way to paint this ship.  It's probably because it had limited screen appearances and even then, there are at least two painted and lighted versions of the same ship!

This creates a lot of space for determining the look you want to achieve.  The screen caps and box art have the ship darker, dirtier and more sinister looking than the kit paint guide would seem to produce.  Zangrando's version has multiple dark washes, while Zoell's is more pristine and...colorful!

I'm settling on a paint pallet that is darker with more saturated colors.  After a primer coat of Tamiya gray surface primer, I'll use a mix of MM Light Ghost Gray and Neutral Gray at a 3:1 ratio for the base coat.  I like the slightly bluish tone of GG but reduced by the neutral gray.  The next predominant color is applied to the trapezoidal panels that ring the front of the ship, the trailing edges of the wings and elsewhere.  For those I'm going with Tamiya Duraluminum.  It's not a bright metallic and should look good against the gray mixture.  Other colors are as indicated on the test sheets below which have been applied over the primer color.  The only one I'm not quite satisfied with is the Desert Tan, which I think is a bit too bright for the large grills on wings.  May still work on this one.

Thanks for following along.

Offline MSgtUSAFRet

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Re: Monogram Maquis Ship
« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2018, 07:14:02 am »
Al, your color pallets remind me of my girls while they were in Art School; we had these things sitting around the house forever! :)

Love the process, though. I, too, have been working on shade selection for my C and I'll post about it in a minute. I should have done what you did rather than what I did; too much work. :)

I'm glad you settled on your own color scheme. This will indeed make it your's!

Can't wait to see what you do with this!

Post when you can; I'll be watching!

Steve
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Offline AlW

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Re: Monogram Maquis Ship
« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2018, 06:20:41 am »
Hey, Steve, I can't help myself with the color pallet!  For me there's always three sorts of plans before beginning a kit -- a lighting plan, paint scheme and assembly sequence.  If I don't map it out, I'll most probably leave something out;)

The updates for the next few weeks will just hours of masking followed by minutes of airbrushing!  With all the details provided on the hull, there's a lot of opportunities to bring them out with contrast painting.  The kit and studio model provide only the basics for what you can do if you're willing to take creative license with the Voyager "script".

In the photos that follow you can see I've painted the major vents in Vallejo German Gray.  It's a great color, not flat black but with a hint of gray and a good contrast to the neutral gray/ghost gray base color.  I've also masked all the areas that will get Vallejo's blue gray acrylic next -- somewhere around four to five hours of mask work!

Thanks for looking.




Offline AlW

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Re: Monogram Maquis Ship
« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2018, 08:44:26 am »
Hi there!

Spent a good couple hours every day this week, masking, painting and repeating the process for the major colors on the ship.  It's coming along pretty well, and I'm generally pleased with the colors and the way the paints are behaving.  Since I'm using a combination of Tamiya, ModelMasters and Vallejo paints, I have to keep in mind they don't all have the same thinning ratios or even use the same thinner!

Having said that, the only paint I'm questioning using is the Vallejo Metal Color Duraluminum.  Right now I've only applied this paint to the wings, but it has extensive application to the hull for the "plated" surfaces, or what resembles Aztecs.   The problem is that it seems to scuff easily.  With all the masking that has to be done for the variety of colors I'm using, it just seems to be a bit fragile.  If it was dull coated, I'm sure it wouldn't be problem, but I won't be dull coating till the very end.  It's a great color and airbrushes extremely well for a metallic however.

Anyway, I'm going to experiment with Tamiya's Metallic Gray which should be more durable, if not exactly the right color I was looking for.

The following photos are WIP painting pics.  I figure I have the major areas covered but still have to do all the plating and a number of greebles to bring out more texture and highlights.

Thanks for the comments and happy to answer any questions.

Thanks for looking:)

 




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