I got my most dreaded ship painted up: my Narn G'Quan Heavy Cruiser, from Babylon 5. The striping pattern I decided to just freehand, on top and bottom, which took a while! I had to sacrifice some specific details on this ship, which I'm prepared to live with: Each black stripe pattern ought to have a thin white outline, and I simply don't have the tools for that right now; also, right through the center of the ship beneath the pylons, there should be a green stripe with Narn characters that I presume are the ship name or serial number. I could not paint that on, as the bridge pylon was already glued on. I still think it looks pretty darn good!
The red color is Testors Insignia red, and the black striping is simply flat acrylic black. I also used a black wash for the metal sections in the middle, to give them more depth and detail. The rear of the engine nozzles are also painted black, although not shown here.
I also have two Minbari Nial Heavy fighters. The paint scheme was not difficult: I mixed a base coat of blue, then used a darker blue shade for the detailing along the center and weapon pylons. The cockpit and gun ports are detailed in black. Because it's an organic ship design, I actually really enjoyed painting it, because you don't have to worry whatsoever about straight lines. I could just move the brush around to paint those little lines and blotches and it all looks great without too much effort!