The Flaming Scimitar

Posted: January 3, 2015 in Dreadfleet
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The Flaming Scimitar is now finished. This was an interesting and enjoyable model to paint. As with many of the Dreadfleet ships, the sails really pushed me out of my comfort zone and developed my painting skills. I opted for a NMM look on the sword, an advanced technique that I haven’t had much practice with. However, using real metallics on a cloth sail just wouldn’t look right and so I painted it with a combination of blue/greys and used the images in White Dwarf for reference as to where to place the highlights. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.


The sails were primed white and painted Pallid Wych Flesh and shaded with Dheneb Stone. which produced a nice, bright finish which really helps the iconography on the sail stand out.



For the figurehead I opted for a a blue genie rather than the traditional gold figurehead seen on many renditions of this ship. I wanted to keep the gold on this ship to a minimum so that it didn’t look too ‘blinging’ and over the top. In order to help him stand out against the water on the base, the water around him was glazed with Coelia Greenshade to give it a green tint.



Overall, I am very happy with the results. As with the other Dreadfleet models it is a nice, detailed kit that really rewards careful painting and attention to detail.



  1. Feral says:

    Another smashing job with the Dreadfleet ships, I feel ashamed in comparison for not doing anything with mine!

    I’ve also really liked the Lord of the Rings you’ve been painting, it’s nice to see some classics painted well. 🙂

  2. Very nice indeed. All around an outstanding paintjob. The sails did come out especially well.

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