Amassing the Troops #2 – The Dindrenzi

I’m terrible at getting my arse into gear and painting models. So when I was recently on course for a few weeks I made as much use of my spare time away from home to smash out some painting! I had lots of painting planned, my Team Yankee Brits, micro modern, other 28mm, but I settled on painting my Firestorm Armada models as I had already base’d the bulk of them. I’ve still not finished all of them, but I’ve done the models I normally game with. It’s probably one of the few times I’ll now be able to game with a fully painted and consistent force. Go me! So without further ado, I present my (mostly finished) Dindrenzi!

Amassing the Troops #2 - The Dindrenzi
The whole damned armada, mostly… Missing is a Praetorian battleship, gunships, an escort carrier, a Spectre battleship and RSN cruisers and destroyers.
Amassing the Troops #2 - The Dindrenzi
Here we have light cruisers (right) and destroyers (left).
Amassing the Troops #2 - The Dindrenzi
I do LOVE the light cruiser model and I often use these as standard cruisers, since the light cruiser stats just aren’t for me.
Amassing the Troops #2 - The Dindrenzi
The destroyers (yes one of them still needs some TLC) are a bit like snipers, and in a fleet full of rail guns feel a bit pointless given what I could take. Needless to say they don’t see much action.
Amassing the Troops #2 - The Dindrenzi
Actual cruisers here, heavies (left), battle (right) and standard cruisers (fore).
Amassing the Troops #2 - The Dindrenzi
I like cruisers in general, they have a very cool name, and because of that I love battlecruisers more! To me, nothing sounds scarier than facing down a battlecruiser! It could be my patriotism with regards to HMS Hood… despite, you know, it sinking…
Amassing the Troops #2 - The Dindrenzi
My lovely cruisers. Depending how many cruiser squadrons I take will depend if these boys see any table time since I prefer the other models.
Amassing the Troops #2 - The Dindrenzi
Heavy cruisers! These guys are bloody deadly. Expensive to field but worth it. I’m often tempted to but a second set and watch opponents feel the butt-hurt.
Amassing the Troops #2 - The Dindrenzi
My battleship, the Hammer of Knolsus, surrounded by her many escorts and frigates.
Amassing the Troops #2 - The Dindrenzi
The DNS Hammer of Knolsus is actually one of the more useless ships in my fleet. It’s a running joke between me and Ray as to whether she actually does anything in a battle.
Amassing the Troops #2 - The Dindrenzi
Here we see the Rense System Navy frigates I use as Harpy-class escorts as they have a nice targeting buff. Often wasted since the battleship they support normally does sod all.
Amassing the Troops #2 - The Dindrenzi
Thraex frigates. I don’t really like this model a lot. I tend to only use this trio to make up the numbers if I don’t have enough proxies.
Amassing the Troops #2 - The Dindrenzi
These are technically Pugio-class light frigates, but again I love the model so much I use them as standard frigates (Thraex). The stats of which are friggin nasty for a group of them. Wish I could field more in a squadron though.

A mention on how I painted them. For the Dindrenzi I undercoated first in black then an even layer of Humbrol Desert Yellow. I washed them with a liberal layer of Citadel Agrax Earthshade. I then dry brushed on Citadel Kommando Khaki. After that it’s Citadel Mephiston Red to add some much needed contrast, using a painting tape to assist in the diagonal lines where needed. Guns were picked out in Citadel Steel Legion Drab and windows with Citadel Caledor Sky. Engines have 3 colours to them; first is Tamiya XF-8 (a dark flat blue) followed by painting a smaller area in Caledor Sky and finishing with even smaller area of Tamiya XF-2 (a flat white). Lastly I tidy up the engine intakes (dunno what they’re taking in whilst in a vacuum, but hey, sci-fi…) with a black. Painting the red and tidying it up is the most time consuming but I really like the contrast and I love the coffee colour hull. I may have to use that sort of colour for other forces. What I have noticed that whilst I’ve stored them poorly, the many paint layers mean that each chip is different and looks like decent wear and tear on the hull. Not something I know how to deliberately replicate though.

As for my RSN I originally wanted a really stark looking scheme, flat white with red highlights to match the Dindrenzi. I felt it would fit with the RSN fluff but in practice I didn’t have the skill to pull it off. There wasn’t enough highlighting in the recesses of the model. So what I went with was the following. I undercoated first in black then with Humbrol Sea Gray. I dry brushed XF-2 until I got a layer I was happy with then picked out hull paneling in Mephiston Red. I’ve started on the bigger ships and the engines and windows will be the same as my Dindrenzi but I’ll probably pick out the gun turrets with a mid gray. Hopefully it won’t be long before I finish off ALL my FSA stuff!! So much to paint…

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