The overall shot. I really like the lines on this model... something about it reminds me of the old Lamborghini Countach (I think I spelled that right...) that I lusted after as a kid. All sorts of sharp edges... not at all like the modern day super sports cars that are all rounded and bulbous.
The pic below is the 3/4 front angle. Again, sorry about the crappy pics... they were quickly taken at home, under less than ideal lighting, with my iPhone 5. Since I didn't know when I'd see this model in person again (my buddy lives a few towns over from me), I thought it prudent to some pics in case I needed to use them as a reference later.
Top view below. Note the use of some colour modulation, and minor superficial battle damage, primarily directed at the front leading edges. A little bit of freehand work as well, but because of time constraints, I couldn't go as far as I would have liked.
These little ball turrets were neat. Since they were assembled before painting, I was a little afraid that there would be complications when painting it, but it turned out fine.
After painting the cockpit canopy a few different colours, I went back and decided to do it up in black. Simple, understated, and it gave it a little bit of the negative space it needed from all the green.
A look at the tail end of the gunship. Notice that I concentrated the colour modulation highlights towards the front of the aircraft. This is to give the viewer the impression of movement, and to draw their eye to the leading areas as a focal point.
I also hit the engine exhausts with some Tamiya Smoke and a tiny bit of Tamiya Flat Black, through the airbrush. It gave it the impression of scorching.
Another view of the weathering on the leading edge of the wing (which would presumably be taking all sorts of minor impacts from flying through explosions and clouds of debris), scratches on the engine intake, and the ball turret.
This last pic is a size comparison between the massive Fire Raptor, and a much smaller Land Speeder.
Speaking of comparisons, check out this link to a post I wrote back in 2012. There's a pic of a Salamanders dreadnaught I painted some time in the mid 90s, and some observations on how mini painting has really changed since then. It's worth a read.
Anyway, off to bed now. It's Mother's Day tomorrow, and I expect I'll be busy. Funny how moms want everyone to spend the whole day with them on their day, but dads just want a full day to themselves and their own hobbies instead, eh?
Hope you enjoyed the pics, and my rambling musings on them. As always, questions, comments, and light hearted insults always welcome. ;)