The first two test ships are battleships from the Port Arthur based 1st Pacific Squadron.
The battleship Tsesarevitch was the flagship of the Russian squadron during the Battlle of the Yellow Sea. Here he (to use the Russian/Soviet pronoun) is painted with a dark cinnamon hull, khaki superstructure, and ochre funnels with black band around the tops. The base is not finished.
The Pobieda was one of the three Peresviet class battleships assigned to the Far East. He is also in the same color scheme.
The next two ships are cruisers based out of Vladivostok. Both were present at the Battle of Ulsan, where the Rurik was sunk.
The armored cruiser Rossiya was the flagship of the Vladivostok cruiser squadron. Here he is with an olive drab hull, khaki superstructure, and ochre funnels. These colors are, in my opinion, just not dark enough.
And this is the unfortunate armored cruiser Rurik. With her compound armor and slow speed, she was obsolete by the time of the Russo-Japanese War and paid the ultimate price for it.
OK, what do y'all think? Please give me your unbiased opinions - wrong colors, too light, too dark?? My ultimate goal is to have a distinctive color scheme for the original Pacific based ships to distinguish them from the elements of the Baltic Fleet that made up the doomed 2nd and 3rd Pacific Squadrons. At the same time, I don't want a monotone black or gray that would make these little models nothing more than dark blobs on the gaming table.
And finally, a second test Japanese ship, this time the battleship Yashima. She missed the Battle of the Yellow Sea because she had earlier sailed into a Russian minefield and didn't survive the encounter.
Here she is with her grey hull and superstructure and tannish decks. The only thing lacking is the wake which I will add once I have enough ships completed to justify mixing up the texture compound.
The Yashima has been joined by the armored cruiser Yakuma which was featured in a previous post.