Painted Nebulon Cruiser Commission for Star Wars Armada

Nebulon Cruiser Commission for Star Wars Armada

My brief for this second part of the commission was to paint the ship in a neutral military grey with green markings and some weathering and battle damage.

Painting The Hull

The hull was stippled in increasingly light greys, and then dry-brushed with lighter light greys. A number of Nuln Oil washes were applied to help blend the stippling together with the dry-brushing, and then further more dry-brushing was added.

Markings

I masked-off the top side of the green lines along the hull before painting.  The colours on the front were done in the same colour-style as the regular FFG Nebulon B Frigate. The green and brown were applied in thin-ish glaze-like coats over the initial dry-brushing.

I’ve found that glazzing over monochrome grey dry-bushing is a really effective way to get colour blends and nice colour gradients.)¬†

A second set of small green markings were added to the back of the ship in a second pass since this area looked a little bare.

Weathering and Battle Damage

In hindsight, since having painted a few more ships as part of this commission project, I think I should have added more hull discolouration along the way – while the ship looks nice, sometimes weathering looks better when applied on top of a non-homogenously coloured hull. This kind-of reflects a ship being older and having more stains and wot-not.

I added small areas of paint chipping, being careful not to go crazy as sometimes less-is-more when it comes to this kind of thing. I paid special attention to breaking-up the outline of the decal and the green markings.

Final Thoughts

I was very pleased with the outcome on this Nebulon Cruiser, If there was one thing I’d change it’s adding some object source lighting around the crew lights. I think this is most necessary on the to bridge area where the bright yellow lights don’t really feel right, imo.

In-progress Photos

Painted Nebulon Cruiser for Star Wars Armada  - Work in Progress Photo

The base coat completed with shading and highlights

Painted Nebulon Cruiser for Star Wars Armada  - Work in Progress Photo

After adding the first set of coloured markings 

Painted Nebulon Cruiser for Star Wars Armada  - Work in Progress Photo

Battle damage and weathering has been added

Painted Nebulon Cruiser for Star Wars Armada  - Work in Progress Photo

Additional green markings and the Delta decal

Finished Photos

Painted Nebulon Cruiser Commission for Star Wars Armada
Painted Nebulon Cruiser Commission for Star Wars Armada
Painted Nebulon Cruiser Commission for Star Wars Armada
Painted Nebulon Cruiser Commission for Star Wars Armada
Painted Nebulon Cruiser Commission for Star Wars Armada
Painted Nebulon Cruiser Commission for Star Wars Armada