I started with the tiny Diogenes Class Frigates, as I have 9 and could afford to make a few mistakes. I imagined a pale icy blue, with blue washed metal; sounded great for the waters of Antarctica. My first attempt was very quick, but not very good. The icy blue was too dark and the metallic blue was too similar. I switched to ice and green metal, with copper pipes to tie it back to the steampunk origins. The result was better, but I'd like the blue to be paler.
Ice water colour scheme:
Viewed from above:
I need to touch-up the ugly duckling, but I'm pleased with the result. I'll try a different model, then tackle the Orb.