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Refitting the fleet- to repaint or not?

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I've recently changed the colour scheme for my terrans just because when I painted the fleet originally I settled for a quick and easy grey/blue scheme, and I've since decided to put in a bit more effort and went with a white and red ala Star Wars rebel colours (not original I know, but I like it)

Anyway I had intended to just use the two coloured fleets together with the background explanation that they are from different terran fleets which are being deployed together.... Looking at them side by side, I'm very close to just repainting the lot as I much prefer the white..... But at the same time I'd rather expand what I currently have rather than spend time repainting what is tabletop ready!

Decisions decisions.... Has anyone taken the plunge to repaint a fleet or does anyone run a fleet with different schemes -obviously not counting allies, I mean the same faction but with two different schemes.

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I originaly painted my relthoza ships the classic green and wasnt too taken with them so re did them with black and red and am alot happier with the new design.

 

Currently debating whether or not to repaint my directorate into my purple and black works raptor colour theme ^^.

 

Are there many FSA players down south?

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I originaly painted my relthoza ships the classic green and wasnt too taken with them so re did them with black and red and am alot happier with the new design.

 

Currently debating whether or not to repaint my directorate into my purple and black works raptor colour theme ^^.

 

Are there many FSA players down south?

Not many, the couple I know live too far away to actually get any games in. 

 

I'm having trouble getting people in the club I attend to get into anything that resembles space combat. 

 

There is a lot of interest for Halo and I'm hopeful that might be an in... Whats the scene in NI like?

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I have to say I like your old scheme more...all the white brightness without shading is not my thing.

 

Well, I changed my color scheme a bit and I won't bother to change the old one as I like both of them and I can justify the new one (with hexes) as newer and more advanced - it is only on new ships or newer classes with one exception, Justice Heavy Cruisers. When you look at the mixed fleet on the table it really works well together...at first game with Deterrents my fellow players noticed it only after pretty long time (I think hour or so). You can also notice the new blue glow, again I won't be changing it on old ships.

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I am also partial to the old style, possibly because it looks a ton like my own terran fleet, but I don't see anything wrong with running two paint schemes in the same fleet.  When I first picked up the Directorate I had this idea in my head that every ship would look different.  They would be like space NASCAR with different companies endorsing or sponsoring every ship in the security fleet (I even still have a cruiser group all painted up in different schemes).  For the sake of ease and uniformity I abandoned this idea, but I guess it would depend on your meta.  I for one wouldn't mind.  

 

 

If you do take the plunge on re-painting, I can say from experience you should strip the models.  Soak them in something like simple green, and gently use an old tooth brush to get some of the paint off.  As long as it's not too harsh, certain paint thinners can work too.  Too many coats of paint can build up and end up clogging details like the armor segment lines.

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I have to say I like your old scheme more...all the white brightness without shading is not my thing.

 

Well, I changed my color scheme a bit and I won't bother to change the old one as I like both of them and I can justify the new one (with hexes) as newer and more advanced - it is only on new ships or newer classes with one exception, Justice Heavy Cruisers. When you look at the mixed fleet on the table it really works well together...at first game with Deterrents my fellow players noticed it only after pretty long time (I think hour or so). You can also notice the new blue glow, again I won't be changing it on old ships.

 

Nice fleet. I agree it looks like a gradual expansion of a similar theme and it still ties together. I think that's where my head is seeing the jarring difference when I put them side by side...

 

Bad photo on my part. The white actually does have quite a bit of shading but it's really washed out in the photo - directly under a daylight bulb and no other lighting in a dim room - not the best conditions for photographing minis haha! I went with the white using an airbrush so I could do pre-shading and such neat little tricks that make white less boring. Because yes, white is damn dull

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I'm intentionally using a couple of different color schemes in my fleet. Most of my Sorylians are two green shades on the armor and silver on the ribbing, but I'm doing my destroyers as black and grey and silver, and the few old ships I get my hands on (so far: one squadron of old frigates and an old battleship) will be two shades of blue, and silver. I think it adds some verisimilitude. I mean, how often do you think they bother to repaint their ships? Maybe at the beginning of the war, you've got entire fleets proudly displaying  the colors of their home system, but as time goes on, these distinctions get confused. An admiral assembles an ad-hoc fleet of ships from several nearby systems, and they do so well that they are grouped together on a semi-permanent basis and sent further into enemy territory. Ships with a special paint scheme denoting a special mission (like protecting a tactically important location or merchant escort duty or special ops) get drafted into other duties. Old ships don't get repainted with new colors. I kind of like the patchwork fleet vibe.

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Yeah I prefer the new scheme over the original  ( altho its good too ).

 

The firestorm scene here is slowly starting to grow, we have around 8 players in Belfast area and a few more up near Derry/Londonderry, we are running a FSA tourney at Qcon at queens uni this year for the first time, if you are about.

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Yeah I prefer the new scheme over the original  ( altho its good too ).

 

The firestorm scene here is slowly starting to grow, we have around 8 players in Belfast area and a few more up near Derry/Londonderry, we are running a FSA tourney at Qcon at queens uni this year for the first time, if you are about.

 

Cheers man, I saw the post about that alright on the Firestorm Admirals League. I'd actually love to attend, but I'm getting married the Friday after Qcon and I think the other half would have a mini stroke if I told her I was going to play games for the weekend before we get married  :D  :D

 

But I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for any other events you guys might be running. Belfast is just a little over 90 minutes from where I live so it's not a massive chore to get up there every now and then

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The white, red, and black looks fantastic.  That said, I wouldn't repaint anything unless you've got a lot of time on your hands and everything else is already painted.

 

Another option is to improve your blue/grey color scheme.  It's not as visually interesting, mostly because there isn't enough contrast.  I'm guessing if you took a black and white photo of your grey models, no one except you would be able to tell what is painted blue.  You had the right idea painting the white stripes and small details on the Tyrant.  If you expanded that concept a lot more, you might be happy with both schemes.

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Both of them are good. One of the difficult thing with painting is to be honest and not to harsh with yourself. Maybe if you repaint them it will make you think that your first paint schem was bad, which is not true.

You can try to put a little bit of the second pattern to the first one, like red or white plates somewhere.

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Both are great, but I kind of like the stark standout colours of the new sceme (Red/White). Its really attention grabbing and bold. 

 

Personally, I would say, keep the old scheme on your fleet, and buy a new fleet of Takarians, and Bolden them up!

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I like the white paint scheme a great deal. I hate painting white and you pulled it off well there. As for reprinting, I don't know. On one hand, if it's really going to bug you I would repaint. But on the other, if it doesn't bother you then come up with a cool back story why the two fleets merged together.

My own Terran fieet is a mixed scheme, the older sculpted ships are numbered and painted more naval like. Then the new ships are darker more war damaged. The story goes that the older ships were called back from mothballs due to the totally unprovoked war breaking out. That is why they kept there original colors, no time to repaint.

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