Painting the Banshee

"Primed" is Ku

Two of Studio Bergstrom’s starships, primed.

So, last time I painted the Adjudicator on the right. This time, it’s the Banshee. Yeah, I actually primed it white.

As usual, click on the pictures for full-sized views.

Orange and Blue.

Banshee, with wings painted.

When I picked up the Banshee, it screamed, “paint me red!” Unfortunately for it, I’ve already got a red fleet. Instead, I decided to reinforce a joke I’ve been telling about using too much orange. Ergo, this bird gets painted orange.

Well, not all orange. It’s a bird, I’m in San Diego, so there’s only one real choice. So we’re going with orange and blue. (Army Painter’s Crystal Blue, and Reaper’s Explosion Orange.)

Painting the shoulders and tail.

Painting the shoulders and tail.

Trouble is, this model really wants to be painted with three colors. I decided to stick with the theme, and grabbed the darkest blue I had for the Banshee’s shoulders. (Army Painter’s Deep Blue.)

Banshee front view.

Banshee front view.

Up close, this works OK, because you can see the difference easily enough. But farther away, the colors wash together, and blue is blue.

Side view, with nacelles painted.

Side view, with nacelles painted.

Which means viewing details like the nacelle greeblies requires one to handle the model. I probably should have bit the bullet and mixed or bought a lighter blue.

Front view, with nacelles painted.

Front view, with nacelles painted.

That said, even a second-rate paint job like this one still looks good.

Top view, finished.

Top view, finished.

Proof that paying attention to the model itself can rescue your from your own mistakes.

L to R: Adjudicator, Banshee, Slitbar, Conrad.

L to R: Adjudicator, Banshee, Slitbar, Conrad.

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