I ordered the models from em-4 and had a friend pick them up at Salute to save on the shipping. On Friday I snipped them from their sprues, then gave them a wash in warm, soapy water and let them dry before hitting them with a coat of Halford's grey car primer. I then sorted them into alien ships ("saucers," although the models I got weren't very saucer-shaped) and interceptors and divided the interceptors up by nation.
|Aliens -- I picked the weirdest-looking models for these.|
|... while the interceptors look more plane-like.|
On Saturday Bob came over and we made a few final tweaks to the colour scheme of the saucers. There were eight groups of four interceptors each (there are five in the photo above because I ordered five packs of ships), plus 20 saucers, for a total of 52 models. I had already done the three test models, so we had 49 to do. We started at around 10 in the morning, and quickly developed a painting routine.
Starting with the primed grey model, we gave each interceptor a drybrush of Vallejo Medium Sea Grey, then applied a wash of Army Painter Dark Tone. After that dried, we drybrushed with Medium Sea Grey again. Each interceptor then received accent colours in the colour corresponding to its nation in the game.
|Interceptors washed (above) and after second drybrush (below), ready to receive their accent colours.|
I think the planes on the left show the effectiveness of this technique pretty well.
|The completed interceptors with their accent colours.|
|Two sets of alien ships after wash and so on.|
We then went back and did a few touch-ups, including lightening the blue on the US interceptors to make it easier to tell apart from the black on the British ones and adding some highlights on the cockpits.
Completed interceptors and alien ships.
Including a break for lunch, we did the lot between 10 AM and 3 PM, but the time got extended because we had to pop out to buy some varnish. Still, by the end of the afternoon we had all 52 done, which I think is pretty good.