The finished product, without crew. I'm going to sand the smokestack's hole on the upper deck as it's a narrow fit with all the layers of paint.
In the end this clean paint job turned out to be good.
More shots from the insides of the cabins.
And now the ship is manned - added a small ladder to the side of the small box on the upper deck so Herr Leopold von Sitzendorf, Lieutenant 1st Class can climb on top.
In the end I simply painted the figures' bases in a buff color and run it over with an umber wash. Also, I still don't like HäT soft plastic. If they could compromise and use something between their rigid and hard 28mm and too soft 1/72 casting material...
As you can see the figures fit the cabins well. I actually used the photos I had taken on the Leitha for reference regarding KuK sailor uniform, but the box art on the HäT Gardner guns showed the very same with a British sailor.
The other two Gardners on carriages. The spare carriages were used to create a small four-wheel cart.
All 24 men are not needed to be around the ship, so I hid some in the storage room - they might as well be shoveling coal to the engine.