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hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2005 1:04 p.m. PST

Anyone interested in posting images of painted Figurehead 1:6000 ships? To start it off, here are some of mine. Some are slightly modified, but nothing fancy:

British CA Berwick, 1940: picture
German Hipper & Scharnhorst 1940: picture
French CV Bearn 1940: picture
French "2400" ton class DL 1940 (2F71): picture
British BB Dreadnought, with some shading (WWI): picture

Malcolm M12 Jun 2005 2:20 p.m. PST

Nice paint jobs, especially on the deck of the carrier.

The big e12 Jun 2005 7:38 p.m. PST

beautiful job on the decks. insipired me to repaint mine!

mandt213 Jun 2005 8:41 a.m. PST

A few months back, there was a fella who posted here who had created deck art for his 1/6000 CVs in a drawing program. He printed them out and glued them to the decks. They looked fantastic.

Your paint jobs are great, but if you have Photoshop, or Illustrator, Paint, or other similar program, you might want to give it a try.

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2005 6:12 p.m. PST

The computer artwork idea sounds interesting, but I would be concerned about the work involved in seamlessly glueing the paper to the deck, and then about whether it would come apart eventually.

The markings on the Bearn, above, were not that hard to do. The lines were masked with Mystic tape (adhesive partially removed on a piece of glass) and then touched up under a magnifier using a brush. Practice on a piece of scrap first.

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2005 5:13 p.m. PST

Ah, mandt2, I found the thread you refer to. It's under "WWI Naval Battle Reports" -> "US Pacific Fleet vs. Japanese Fleet at Pearl Harbor".

He also has nice paint jobs. :-)

Warspite8404 May 2006 11:51 a.m. PST

Great job on the CV Bearn, always been one of my favorite carriers, even if a bit stubby and slow (was meant to be a battleship, after all)


Warspite8412 May 2006 9:12 p.m. PST

I've been meaning to post pics of my 1/6000 Ocean Liners (Olympic, Queen Elizabeth & Queen Mary [both as liners & troop transports], Lusitania & Mauritania, Campania & Lucania, QE2, etc.) I consider them some of my best paint jobs in that scale, Olympic in particular, and will certainly post them as soon as I can.


hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2006 7:51 a.m. PST

I posted this elsewhere, but I will post it here too. To paint these models, most of us will need a magnifier. I use an inexpensive clip-on type called Opticaid, which comes in different magnifications. There are other types, of course.


hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2006 4:45 p.m. PST

Some additional painted Figurehead 1:6000, painted in the same minimal style as those in the first post:

French CL Emile Bertin, and 2 2400-tonne class super-destroyers (latter removed from their bases per my post on the subject), 1940: picture
German pocket battleship Lutzow, 1940: picture
Britsh BCs from Jutland, 1916: link picture

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2006 4:46 p.m. PST

Another try:

British BCs from Jutland, 1916: picture picture

llebpmacbob424 Dec 2006 5:50 p.m. PST

Honestly, I had never looked around for 1:6000 scale miniatures before because I didn't believe they could look this good. I have some C in C 1:4800 somewhere that I bought when they first came out but I think I would rather try the 1:6000, even though I don't paint anywhere near this well.
Must go look up the Figurehead website.

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2006 8:18 p.m. PST

Strange Cargo Games has pictures of the entire Figurehead line (of course, in an un-fixed-up and un-painted state):

coopman27 Dec 2006 11:33 a.m. PST

I think that at this scale I would have just sprayed them gray and said "Let's play!".

Road Hammer27 Dec 2006 9:25 p.m. PST

I confess I've taken the "easy route"…. WW1 RN is dark grey, and the High Seas Fleet is in light grey… a bit'o'black on the funnel tops and sound battle stations!


Steve Ford03 May 2007 10:17 a.m. PST

Here are some Italian ships I've painted.



Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian05 May 2007 8:29 a.m. PST

The link goes to some US, British and German ships in 1/6000. I find the actual camouflage is quite possible with a little work.


Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian05 May 2007 8:30 a.m. PST

Forgot to mention, I really like those Italians.

Steve Holmes 1109 May 2007 1:33 a.m. PST

Great models.
Like so many contributors I adopted the "Grey all over" approach, but found that a darker grey wash really picked out the detaiils in the castings.
A few different tones of blue and green on the textured bases, and then some white drybrush really looks good too.

BoltAction15 May 2007 1:21 p.m. PST

McKinstry – what's that table surface?

deatone20 Jun 2007 6:24 a.m. PST

What are the best sources here in the US for 1/6000 scale warships?

Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian22 Jun 2007 6:41 p.m. PST

Noble Miniatures/Last Square is the maker. Strange Cargo, Scale Specialties and Brookhurst also carry them.

Bolt Action – The surface is the Atlantic map from Terrain Mat.

BoltAction31 Jul 2007 4:19 p.m. PST



All 1:6000


Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian03 Aug 2007 2:12 p.m. PST

Bolt Action – Nice barber poles. Free hand or using a pen?

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2007 6:41 p.m. PST

McKinstry, and Steve F, and Bolt Action: You guys have nice looking ships. They clearly demonstrate that realistic paint schemes are feasible in 1:6000.

McKinstry: Your terrain mat is quite nice looking, but the granularity might be too great for 1:6000. Kind of hard to see your beautiful paint schemes against it. Most aerial photos of the ocean which I have seen show a more uniform coloration at that scale, except possibly during very rough weather. This is just a personal opinion, of course.

Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian06 Aug 2007 7:18 a.m. PST

I agree with hindsTMP about the granularity. At table distance I really like it but up close, my MKP mat is probably going to be a better choice for photography.

BoltAction17 Sep 2007 6:21 a.m. PST

Sorry, not been back here for a while.
I am considering using a pen to get the swatikas clearer on my Bismark…



Bostich17 Sep 2007 11:37 a.m. PST

What colours are the wood decks done in .. I'm guess it's a flat coat then grain on top?

BoltAction18 Sep 2007 3:04 p.m. PST

vallejo beige brown, then added a bit of light flesh to it to create highlights and some streaking.

Just done the pack with Hood, Renown and Repulse tonight. The Renown and Repulse have actually got aircraft on them!

I'm stunned by the quality of these little ships, more so when I look at the state of the 1:3000 stuff I bought last weekend. Absolutely superb models!

I'm fitting a new pair of lights up for my camera set up, when that's done I'll take some pics.



dantheman Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2007 12:21 p.m. PST

Bolt Action:

Can you tell me your painting technique? Do you prime white or black, do you dry brush gray or paint gray and black wash, what sequence do you paint, etc…


HMSResolution22 Sep 2007 1:46 p.m. PST

I recently painted up the Ryuho with her famous deck scheme, sans the little white lines for taking off and whatnot.


BoltAction24 Sep 2007 12:59 a.m. PST

I undercoat black and then just build up with greys.
At the end I line in with some very dark grey, under the gun barrels and in between deck elevation changes etc.
I tend to do quite high contrast stuff to emphasise the detail present on the little models.

Did some German stuff over the weekend.


JHaygood02 Oct 2007 11:12 a.m. PST


What scale planes are in the Italian pics? 1/600 I would suppose. They look pretty good next to the 1/6000 ships…

I have the Leyte Gulf US and Japanese fleet boxes on the way from Figurehead. So I will soon get painting!


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