These are the "Japanese" faction from Spartan Games' Dystopian Wars. The Dreadnought is joined by a squadron of five Destroyers and a pair of Inari Scout Gyros. I'm constantly surprised by just how much detail Spartan have been able to cram onto each of their models; the dreadnought in particular has a huge amount of small hatches, doors, windows and pipes visble. Even the hull itself is textured enough to show detail, even after a huge amount of drybrushing.
This thing is absolutely covered with little details.
On each model here, the white hulls have all been finished, as has the wooden decking. I've started the metals on the Gyros and the Dreadnought and, again, just started the red on the Destroyers. I like working on two or three different things at a time to help break up the occasional monotony of painting. Once, the metals and red have been finished, I'll colour the ship lower hulls with a dark brown, add some fleet markings and decoration and, sigh, begin the mind-numbing job of painting the individual windows (there must be close to 100 of these over all the different ships I have!)
The best paint palette ever!
Despite the paintwork not being finished, these have all had their first game of Dystopian Wars, against my usual opponent, Gaz, and his Kingdom of Britainna fleet. The game ended up being a minor loss to me; not only did I deploy my flyers on one flank (meaning they were out of the action for most of the game,) but I was woefully short in squadrons to activate, 6 to 9, meaning I wasn't able to pick where and what to fight or make the best of my long range firepower. We're still coming up with a few rules issues after each game, but compared to our first game, the turns flow by quite smoothly now.
Lastly, there has been another flurry of Spartan Games announcements and previews this week. Instead of posting some here and blethering on, I suggest anyone interested take a look over at Tabletop Fix.