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TunnelRat25 Apr 2020 11:59 a.m. PST

I've got round to painting 4 x Merchantmen from the old Skytrex Coastal Forces range, now held by Heroics & Ros.

Constructive criticism welcome.

A couple of pictures here & more on my Blog if fancy a look.




BillyNM25 Apr 2020 12:58 p.m. PST

Sorry can't comment on your blog – No Google Account, No Comment, but…
A couple of techniques that work well for me are black-washing with thinned Tamiya Smoke – this does mean you need to paint in fairly light / bright tones as the wash will knock it back a bit but it does pick out detail if it's there in the kits. I also texture my bases with some quick dry Araldite into which I tease bow waves and a wake with a cocktail stick before it dries but is still soft enough to relax a bit to stop any roughness / stringing. I have to own up that mostly my fleets are 1:2400 so it's more affordable that way and harder to paint detail – hence the use of the wash but I have also used the wash technique on my 1:1200 kits.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2020 2:15 p.m. PST

Those look good! All you need is some Schnellbooten to torpedo them!

epturner26 Apr 2020 8:07 a.m. PST


Only thing I would add is more rust…


TunnelRat27 Apr 2020 6:33 a.m. PST

BillyNM – thanks, I will try using a dark wash over lighter colours next time I paint some.

Herkybird – on my list of things to do as I have a few in the pile of shame.

epturner – good point, well presented. No ship lasts long at sea without getting a little rusty so I will have to search for some techniques to add it.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2020 10:53 a.m. PST

Hi, as for rust, I cannot recommend enough GW Technical paints like Typhus Corrosion for this kind of thing!

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