We’ve been slowly ploughing our way through a client’s Dreadfleet commission. I must admit that Dreadfleet is one of those commissions that really puts commission painter to the test. Normally if you get a commission for several miniatures, the miniatures share some sort of similarities. Say for example you get 2 squads of Ultramarine Space Marines, in this case you know there is going to be a lot of blue armour and as such you can set up a production line and paint all the armour before focusing on each miniature themselves.
Not the case with Dreadfleet. Each ship is totally unique and there is next to no sharing of colours. Your really forced into painting each ship from start to finish. What that means is that it slows the painting of the commission as a whole. It also means that whilst your painting you can’t just switch off for a while (or concentrate on that audio book that your listening too whilst painting) as there is no rhythm or groove that you can get yourself into (like painting 10 blue helmets, then 10 blue arms, then 10 blue legs ect).
Anyhow here is what we have accomplished since the last update. The Swordfysh, Grimnir’s Thunder, Curse of Zandri, The Black Kraken and the Shadewraith were all painted to our ‘Standard Quality’ level.
Some links on to how to paint the ships: