Thursday, May 30, 2013
Good things . . .
. . . come in threes. Fours, when I can pick up an extra model.
This is the completed Nakatsu squadron for my Blazing Sun fleet. I painted the first as the original test model more than two years ago. The second was painted a while back, and has seen action, though it's never had a blog post of it's own.
The Nakatsu seems to get a bad rap, at least on the Spartan boards, but so far, I've found it to be pretty serviceable. I can actually run them in squadrons of four, so I suspect I'll eventually pick up either another blister, or one of the Tanuki gunships (which can be attached to "fill out" the squadron).
I've deliberately gone for a more scruffy, weather-beaten look on these ships; for the fleet as a whole, really. I've also found, in some ways, that this has been something of a painting challenge for me. The techniques I usually use to paint a figure don't really work as well on these models, and I've resorted to a combination of washes and dry-brushing, techniques I usually avoid. It's struck me how out of practise I am with both, so doing this fleet has been good from a technical standpoint.
I now have 600 points fully painted. There are definite plans for expansion (next up, Ika robot squid and another squadron of frigates) , but no rush. 600 points is playable, if small, and it gives me a good core from which to build.