View Full Version : Nocturnal Schwalbe- Imperial 9th Airwing.

Still learning
18-08-2007, 03:36
As you may have notice i've become quite involved in AI latley. So here is my project log to show you my imperial Navy's development. I wanted to stay away from the usual boring 1 tone colour scheme, and since i'm using the thunderbolt as my main plane (god I love it) and going for a world war 2 theme I thought camo would be kool

When the planes arrived, it was quite disapointed.... why? Fit issues and casting.... they were terrible.
Seriously, my maruader was awful.
Moving on I set to repair some of the damage. I've also added a few extras like folded up landing gear and such.
So far i've got a marader and 2 t-bolts.
The casting on the T's is so terrible I had to scratch build the fronts on them to make them look alittle nicer.

Still learning
18-08-2007, 03:43
So now to painting. I set about doing the engines on the Ts first (I had to paint 6, 2 belong to a friend)
I wanted a used and well worn look with burnt edges.
I also added some orange to show the heat inside the engines.
A while back, I suggested using an airbrush to paint my planes. I decided on a scheme and set about doing to base coat. Shadow Grey
From there I set about doing my camo, i used blue-tack to mask areas off.

Still learning
18-08-2007, 03:44
and then filled the areas in.
Then spray! simple. The end result:
The green didn't spray properly, so it came out alittle thick:( i'll see what I can do with it, but I might have to start again.

18-08-2007, 03:54
i think the green will come out ok with some camo green highlighted edges and matt varnish at the end!

Still learning
18-08-2007, 08:28
Yeah, I just realised It looks so bad because its gloss. It actually turned out alright. Remember, this is just the first stage, i'm going to filter it tomz and add some washes and highlights. Oh and theres damage too!

18-08-2007, 14:53
yeah i bought some model aircraft paints that i thought would be the acrylic versions but they sent the enamlel versions, they came out really glossy like that but when i was finished painting with highlights and shades, protective gloss clear coat them a matt coat, it looked much better.

19-08-2007, 05:10
I'm going to begin work on my first 4 planes (2 Tbolts and 2 Lightnings) on Monday. :)
Doing camo scemes isn't something I can do. Yours look great and I know it's not exactly hard, but I seem to have a fixation with uniformity that prevents me from doing natural looking camo. :p

Still learning
19-08-2007, 07:31
I really have grown off this scheme atm, i've finished one plane and really don't like the scheme. It Just doesn't seem to work. THe colours don't tie together. I might strip and start again. Any hints on colour schemes would be a help. I want camo but not i've seen that its quite hard to get to work i'm open to anything.

19-08-2007, 08:13
I actually think it looks okay, somethings not quite right though....maybe green and blue dont go together that well as a camo sceme. Greens and browns generally work well together, blues and greys work well together.

I'd say your best bet would be to have a look for real world military aircraft colour scemes, WW2 is usually the best era, modern aircraft tend to be a bit grey and boring. :p
I'm pretty sure I'm going to be doing mine white/green like WW2 japanese naval airforce.

25-08-2007, 00:13
Agreed with the colors, they don't complement each other. Still looks nice though.

Avoid the modern grey and steel tones on today's aircraft, search WWII stuff, like nexus said.

Still learning
25-08-2007, 10:19
Yeah, this project is really taking a backstep atm as my krieg tank army gears up for mobilization!