Anyway, here they are:
From top to bottom - 4 destroyers, a cruiser, 2 fighter squadrons, and another cruiser
- The hulls are made from pre-cut wood ovals I found at Hobby Lobby. The package I bought has 3 sizes of oval, ranging from about 1" to 2". I'll use the smallest for destroyers, the medium for cruisers, and the large for carriers and battleships.
- The cruiser's second level is made from a chopped down destroyer-sized oval.
- Engine nacelles are from a dowel.
- Scraps of wood and rice* are used for superstructures.
- Lentils* are used for turrets.
- Rice or lentils are used for the fighters.
- I glued the ships to the bases before painting for ease of handling (the cruisers nacelles are actually glued to the base rather than the ship).
* I got the idea to use rice and lentils from The Stronghold Rebuilt.
Today, I primed them black and painted them. I now have two small task forces.
|The finished ships|
- The primer came out a bit liquidy (I don't think I shook the can enough)
- The white and red had trouble covering the black.
- I used black because I was lazy and thought it would save me the trouble of painting the bases.
- In the future, I think I will stick with gray primer. I've had the best results with gray (it covers the figures well but the paint goes over it easily).
- I added some details in different colors to add a little variety to the ships. Turrets are in gold or silver. The picture doesn't show it but the white ships have blue stripes along the nacelles. I used orange to show the exhaust flames coming from the engines. I especially like the exhaust flames coming from the fighters.
- 1 carrier
- 1 battleship
- 2 cruisers
- 4-5 destroyers
- Half dozen fighter squadrons
I'm also thinking of different designs, such as round, saucer-like ships for my Aquians and jagged, pointy ships for the evil Empire.