Flying Roadshow, so I started out painting them the same way: white primer, brushed on metallic pearl white, and metallic gunmetal gray wash. Instead of detailing with another metallic, this time I just picked out a couple of areas on each ship in a bright primary color.
some other ships black at the same time, and they came out all right. However, once I brushed on the pearl over the white primered ships, they looked fine, and the wash did a good job bringing out the details (although they're washed out by the flash in these pics).
I'm happy with the way these came out, and I'm encouraged by the fact that the wash did such a good job showing of the detailing on these models. I'm gonna have to leave my safety zone of drybrushing to try experimenting with wash techniques more often.