|View down the bow showing off the covered 32 pounder and the twin funnels.|
For painting, I went with something with a little more interest than the basic black scheme that I've used for years. This time, I'm allowing the sun and salt to do their worst and let the initial coat of black paint fade to a sun-bleached gray. Only the funnels and some of the deck fittings would retain their blacker appearance.
|Manassas in profile. The gray hull contrasts with the muddy brown Mississippi and the burnt black of the funnels.|
|An overhead view. Debating if the hatch covers should be painted or reflect a more subdued appearance.|
Once the gloss coat dries, I'll hit it with a Matt coat and then brush on some gloss coat to return the water to a wetter finish. Then it will be time to get this model on the table and let the Yankee's feel the wrath of this fully operational ironclad!