Archive for October, 2012

I have finished my first four cruisers for Battlefleet Gothic. These were nice, fun models to paint with lots of detail and texture sculpted onto every surface. My only criticism is that there is a little too much texture. It would have been nice to have one or two clear areas in order to add some freehand markings to help differentiate the ships from each other further.

This is my Mars Class Battlecruiser, Righteous Indignation, which will serve as my flagship in smaller games (in larger games I intend to take a battleship as the flagship). The ship features a couple of minor conversions. Firstly, as with all of my ships armed with nova cannons, I filled in the torpedo launch tubes in order to make them wysiwyg (ships are armed with either torpedoes or nova cannons). This isn’t really necessary but it a small detail that satisfies my need for exactness.

Secondly, I converted the bridge in order to make it more impressive and make it stand out from the other cruisers. This was done by adding an Imperial icon from a Space Marine banner pole to the back of the bridge behind the observation dome.

I’ve seen this conversion done before but often the icon simply looks stuck on. I wanted mine to look more integrated into the build of the bridge and so I filed down the back of the bridge and built it up with small pieces of plasticard to support the eagle statue. I then added sensor masts behind the eagle to make it look like an integral part of the bridge structure that was designed to be there. These extra senors can also serve to represent the upgraded targeting systems that you can add to the Mars.

Here is one of my two Lunar Class Cruisers, the main workhorses of the Imperial Fleet. I’m particularly pleased with the glass effect on the observation domes on the ships.

The four cruisers together (sorry for the poor picture):

Painting the Fleet

Here’s how I went about painting the ships.


  1. Over a black primer airbrush with The Fang.
  2. Airbrush Russ Grey leaving some of the previous colour showing in the recesses.
  3. Wash with Drakenhof Nightshade.
  4. Drybrush Russ Grey.
  5. Lightly drybrush Fenrisian Grey.
  6. Glaze with Guilliman Blue.


  1. Basecoat Codex Grey.
  2. Highlight Ulthuan Grey.
  3. Highligh Ceramite White.

The details were then picked out with gold and silver as appropriate and the observation domes were painted black and highlighted along the bottom with Codex Grey followed by Fortress Grey (as you would when painting gemstones). I then applied a small dot of white to represent light being reflected from the top before gloss varnishing them.

Now on to the escorts.


At the weekend I had a game of Battlefleet Gothic and ended up rolling the ‘Surprise Attack’ scenario which required a number of planetary defences. Unfortunately I didn’t have any suitable models and so we had to make do with some asteroids standing in for defence platforms (we figured they would have small bases with weapons mounted on them). While this worked well enough I decided to build some specific models for future use. After a quick rummage through my bitz box (or rather, boxes) I hit upon the idea 0f using parts from Tau drones as the main platform.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Top part of a Tau drone.
  2. Battlefleet Gothic x4 turrets.
  3. Battlefleet Gothic masts/sensors.

You’ll also need some putty or filler. I also used some half-circle plasticard strips although these aren’t essential.

Step 1

Fill in the recesses on the surface of the drone where the antennae are attached. I used MMD Green Putty for this but it doesn’t really matter what you use. Green stuff or Milliput would work just as well.

Step 2

Drill a hole in the centre of the drone. This is where you will attach it to a flight stand. I mounted mine on a piece of thick brass rod to match my ships (I find plastic flight stands far too flimsy) so I’ve drilled quite a large hole.

Step 3

Glue one of the masts in hole at the centre of the underside of the drone and add the turrets around the outer ring. This will require a little bit of filling to remove some of the details on the drones and the peg on underside of the turrets in order to get them to fit together smoothly.

Step 4

I then added some small pieces of half-circular plasticard rod to give the platforms a bit of extra detail to  break up the flat area around the edge.

So there we have it, a pretty simple yet effective way of making orbital defence platforms.



Yesterday afternoon I managed to finish airbrushing the second of my two Battlefleet Gothic boards and added some finishing touches to the first one. This was quite a quick project and I really enjoyed making the boards. It was great fun to try out something a bit different with my airbrush and paint a flat surface rather than a 3D model. However, if I were to do this project again I would probably do things a little differently as I’m not 100% happy with the boards but on the whole the project turned out quite well and has given me a nice surface to play on.

Some more pictures:


I’m currently working on a board for Battlefleet Gothic. I’ve played a few games so far and really enjoy the system so I thought it was time to get some terrain together (well, perhaps ‘terrain’ isn’t strictly the right word given that the OED defines terrain as ‘of the earth, terrene, terrestrial’ but lets not get bogged down in pedantry). So far I have painted up a 2’x4′ board to look like a space-scape. Above is a work-in-progress shot of the board which still needs details such as stars added.

What’s really nice about Battlefleet Gothic Terrain is how simple it is to make. The board is MDF which was painted with black acrylic paint using a paint roller. I then airbrushed on a nebula and a galaxy to add some visual interest using astronomy pictures as a reference. The board looks a little more crowded than a real space-scape would be but I’m aiming for visual interest rather than realism.

I also made some asteroids. These were also very simple to do and are simply lava rocks glued to flying stands. I simply copied the technique detailed in Carl Woodrow’s blog post so I won’t go into detail about the process here as it would only be repetition.

Finally, I made a planet. Again, this was very simple. It’s half of a polystyrene sphere purchased from an arts and crafts store. I gave it several coats of fine masonry paint in order to disguise the obvious polystyrene texture before airbrushing it in various shades of brown.

I have a game of BFG scheduled for Sunday so I’m hoping to get the board finished by then. Time to break out the airbrush.