It only took me 10 months or so, but I finally found a paint scheme for my Cruisers that I like.
There is still some detailing to do, and I have yet to attempt my engine glow idea and object source lighting, but this will be good enough for the Michigan GT.
This works better than my old scheme, simply because I added the copper in appropriate places. Before, I essentially had a two-hue scheme:
Grey is essentially a background color, so it became background. The yellow was so dark and unsaturated it basically blended in. Here's a cruiser with just the Gun Racks painted
The gun racks stand out, because it's the only thing with orange. But gun racks aren't the most important part of the model (that's the rail cannon), so I placed the copper in a few more places to draw your eye through the model, in the direction of the Rail Cannon.
I'll try some bright gold highlights on the rail cannon... Later. I need to finish these two cruisers, finish the Escorts, fix my Heavy Cruisers so I can start painting them, paint four Tier 1 Models, and paint the equivalent to two Patrol Boxes... In 5 weeks.
Maybe I won't be using the lists I planned for the Michigan GT after all...
Started playing Firestorm Armada December 2014