So, having not painted any tiny spaceship since the mid -eighties ( I have half a dozen spaceships bought from Esdevium games whilst I was still at school) I took a fairly conservative approach to painting this new batch.
Behold! The fleet of the Quellarians!
As you can see, I didn't stop with painting a few ships... oh no..
Some months before , without knowing why, I bought a pack of various sized polystyrene balls from a craft retailer. Once I'd purchased my ships I then realised what the balls were for ! Planets! Set to with the poly cement to make an asteroid or two, followed by a lovely 6 x 4 ft space matt from A & B games across the road and I'm all set for interstellar chaos.
Shortly, thereafter, followed the Altaran fleet. who will save us from the Altaran onslaught? Aaaaaah!
A couple of hotwheels 'Star wars' and some plastic fighters and bases from E4M I think, plus another session making 22 planets of various sizes and colours ( thanks to my daughter for the nail varnish for the swirly enamelling ) and I am ready to rock and roll. Mission accomplished :)