Painting the Adjudicator

"Primed" is Ku

Two of Studio Bergstrom’s starships, primed.

I’ve got an old GW Orc fleet primed, and ready to be painted, but apparently I don’t like them. I painted my brand-new Adjudicator from Studio Bergstrom instead. It’s the one on the right in the picture. (As usual, click on the picture for a full size view.)

As usual, I primed it using one of Army Painter’s colored primers. This one is named “Necrotic Flesh,” but my color wheel claims it’s a yellow shade, or “yellow plus black.” It’s kind of an odd color to start with, but I’m trying to avoid painting many ships a grey or white base. (Grey is a really good starting point for pretty much any ship, and I could easily get in a rut.)

Yeah, that ring is going to get cleaned up.

The belly of an Adjudicator.

Since the yellow shade does remind one of green, I went with a green wash. (Specifically, half Citadel Coela Greenshade and half Lamia Medium.) Again, I’m just grabbing out of my collection, and I didn’t really intend using a blue-green. But it works.

That looks much better after I cleaned the slop, doesn't it?

Adjudicator’s topside.

The only plan I had at this point is to paint the bridge yellow, the weapons mounts red, and the “warp coils” on the nacelles orange. But I wanted to do the design justice, and reduce the Star Trek-i-ness of the final model. So I mixed up some blue-green of my own, and painted the fangs on.

That's a classic shot, isn't it?

Adjudicator’s business end.

Pretty good, but the color balance is off. It needs a little more of that blue-green, right?

Adjudicator with warpaint.

Adjudicator with warpaint.

Better, but now the accent balance is off. Time to reduce the number of colors, and switch out the yellow and red for more orange.

Waiting on sealant.

The painting’s done.

Normally, this is where I’d call it done, as I don’t normally need to seal my models. But this one … well, I’d already had to repaint a couple of grip spots on the ship, and was pretty sure that nobody would end up handling the Adjudicator by its base. So out came my hardly-used can of Purity Seal, and onto the mini it went.

Final Thoughts

When I started this, I had just planned to paint up one of these as part of my demo kit. Y’know, to hint that you can still use your Trekkie models if you tire of Attack Wing. But the results were better than I expected: this might exist in that universe, but it is not a Federation ship.

I also found myself thinking that it would be worthwhile to paint one of these to display grade, instead of gaming grade (like I’ve done here). That’s a good sign, and I might find myself buying a fleet of Xuvaxi in the future.

Paint Notes

The paints that ended up on the final model: Reaper’s Explosion Orange, and a 4:1 mix of Reaper’s Grass Green and Army Painter’s Crystal Blue. While the results of the mix might be acceptable, the two paints kept trying to separate, which was an odd experience. If I paint matching Xuvaxi, I’m going to buy a blue-green off the shelf.

Lastly, there’s a Fuegan Orange wash around the warp coils, as I was trying to go for a glow effect. I’m not sure it’s all that effective on the Necrotic Flesh, though. To get a really good glow effect, I think the unlit areas need to be something much darker.

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