This Imperial Navy Valkyrie was an entry in the GamesDay 2009 UK Golden Demon awards.
I do like the modelling and the markings. However I am less sure about the weathering. Don’t get me wrong, I do like it, but not sure how realistic it is. This chipping is used quite extensively by people who paint Games Workshop models, including the ‘Eavy Metal team. However if you look at these pictures of combat helicopters you can see that there isn’t really any chipping.
Most times paint will be worn away on surfaces that the crew and passengers use to get on and off the aircraft. So the chipping on the footplates by the canopy would be likely.
It is unlikely that such chipping would happen near the nose, unless those panels were coming off on a regular basis.
So though I like the effect, think it works, I am less sure how realistic it is? Then again how realistic can models be for Warhammer 40K and should we care?
See more photographs of the Imperial Navy Valkyrie.