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Bataljon Vostok (East Battalion) [1], “Novorussiya” (“New Russia”) militia [2,3], Ukraine, 2014.

BTR-80 build – Part 1:Introduction
BTR-80 build – Part 2:Assembly
BTR-80 build – Part 3:Painting
BTR-80 build – Part 4:Weathering (chipping)
BTR-80 build – Part 5:Weathering (wash)
BTR-80 build – Part 6:Weathering (streaks)
BTR-80 build – Part 7:Weathering (dust and mud)
BTR-80 build – Part 8:Weathering (oil and fuel stains, metal and wood effects)



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BTR-80 build – Part 8:Weathering (oil and fuel stains, metal and wood effects)

  • AK Interactive “Engine oil” (AK084), diluted in white spirits (1:1 ratio), was added to parts of the running gear, the engine hatches area and under the turret to simulate oil stains. In lesser quantities, the same mixture was added to the wheels rims to simulate staining and discolour. I also sparingly flicked the mixture from a brush onto parts of the upper hull and underside to simulate liquid stains  and spots. The same was done with AK Interactive “Fuel Stains” (AK025), diluted in white spirits (1:1 ratio).
  • The guns and metal tools were rubbed with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” pigment (AK086).
  • Tamiya soot powder was applied to the end of the exhausts.
  • The wooden parts of the tools were applied with Winsor and Newton “Raw Umber” oil paint. A short while later the excess oil paint was removed and the remainder worked in with a brush.

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BTR-80 build – Part 7:Weathering (dust and mud)

  • Before anything else I added the various clear light pieces. The back lights were painted with Tamiya “Clear Orange” X-26 and “Clear Red” X-27 (diluted with Tamiya lacquer thinner).
  • Sprayed a 1:1 mixture of Tamiya Acrylic XF-57 “Buff” and Tamiya Acrylic XF-52 “Flat Earth” in Tamiya X-20A thinner (10% paint mixture in thinner) on the lower half of the hull front and back, under the fenders on the sides, the suspension, wheels and selective parts of the upper hull. Looking at the pictures I took at this stage, I now think that I have slightly overdone the dust effect in places, especially around the turret area. I’m going to live with it for this one but it is something to watch out for next time, even though in daylight or under my desk light the effect doesn’t look as stark. I read somewhere that it was a good idea to make more use of the photographs which people take as they go along in the painting and weathering stages of a project – to see what the camera sees. I’ll try to do this more in the future.
  • A mixture of “medium” colour pigments (including AK Interactive “European Earth”, AMMO “Rubble”, AMMO “Airfield Dust”, AMMO “Brick Dust” and Vallejo “Light Sienna” – see the complete recipe here) was applied by brush to the underside of the vehicle, selected top parts (turret ring, engine hatches) and the wheels. The pigments were fixed by either flicking white spirit from the end of a brush or spraying it on gently from a distance – either way trying not to disturb them! Subsequently, I flicked small amounts of a slurry of the same pigment mixture in white spirit onto the underside of the vehicle to suggest splashes of dried dirt. I decided early on that I didn’t want this one looking too worn out or messy (no wet mud or wet effects) – so, looking somewhat like this. I suppose that this is a vehicle operating during the summer time…

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Medium Mk A “Whippet” (weathered)

Much like the A7V I originally did this one with little weathering, presenting it as a “museum” piece. Now, as my WWI vehicle collection slowly grows, I wanted to return to it and bring it up to nearer my current finishing standards.

  • Chipping – Vallejo Model Color “German Camouflage Black Brown” (70822) applied by sponge.
  • Rust (exhaust)  – repainted with Lifecolor  paints  (UA704, UA703, UA702, UA701).
  • Oil fading and streaks – using Mig Productions 502 Abteilung oil paints, divided into three sets: “dark” (“Faded Navy Blue” ABT030, “Engine Grease” ABT160, “Basic Earth” ABT093), “medium” (“Brick Red” ABT025, “Faded Grey” ABT100, “Faded Green” ABT040, “Olive Green” ABT050) and “light” (“Snow White” ABT001, “Luftwaffe Yellow” ABT010, “Buff” ABT035, “German Three-Tone Fading” ABT155). The dark colours were dotted in the recesses and lowest parts of the vehicle, followed by the medium colours at the middle height and the light colours at the top surfaces. These were then blended and streaked in turn with a moistened flat brush.
  • Wash – AK Interactive “Dark Brown Wash for green vehicles” (AK045).
  • Wash – AK Interactive “Light Rust Wash for Green Vehicles” (AK046) placed around exhausts and selected other areas.
  • Wash – tracks washed with AK Interactive “OIF and OEF wash” (AK121)
  • Streaks (grime) – streaks on vertical and sloping surfaces with AK Interactive “Dark Streaking Grime” (AK024).
  • Streaks (rust) – streaks on vertical and sloping surfaces with AK Interactive “Rust streaks” (AK013).
  • Dust – Tamiya Acrylic XF-52 “Flat Earth” in Tamiya X-20A thinner (10% paint mixture in thinner) was sprayed on the tracks and lower parts of the hull.
  • Dried mud – a mixture of darker pigments was added by brush to tracks and running gear and then fixed with AK Interactive pigment fixer. Then, small amounts (mixed in Tamiya X-20A thinner) were flicked from the end of a brush onto the entire vehicle.
  • Metal – the guns and contact points of the track were rubbed with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” pigment (AK086), using either a brush or finger tip.
  • Soot – The soot powder from Tamiya Weathering Master Set B was added to the ends of the exhaust.
  • Wet effects – AK Interactive “Engine oil” (AK084) – diluted in a 1:1 ratio with white spirit – was added to various parts of the running gear, lower hull and certain tracks, to simulate random stains and, in greater concentration, oil stains. The mixture was also sparingly flicked onto the vehicle hull, to represent smaller stains and spots. The same was done with a mixture (1:1 ratio) of AK Interactive “Fuel Stains” (AK025) in white spirit. Finally, at various parts, such as under the tracks on the lower hull, streaks of AK Interactive “Wet Effects Fluid” (AK079) were drawn.

Of course, there is only so much I can do about the original model (which I remember being a bit crude) and my assembly and painting of it (from a few years back). As happened around the same time as I finished my refresh of the A7V, I expect that there will be a new model of this vehicle any day now! Actually I wouldn’t mind that. It’s a weird looking thing really, but somehow likeable. It sort of reminds me of some castle turret or pillbox – in metal – which has then been motorized.

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BTR-80 build – Part 6:Weathering (streaks)

  • Streaks of AK Interactive “Dark Streaking Grime” (AK024) were applied to the turret, hull upper sloping sides, hull front and hull back, followed later by blending with white spirit.
  • Streaks of AK Interactive “Rainmarks for NATO Tanks” (AK074) were applied to the turret, hull upper sloping sides, hull front and hull back, followed later by blending with white spirit.
  • Looking at it after the steps above I thought that it was lacking something. Some of the streaks looked too stark. I reached for the oil paints again. So, dots of Winsor & Newton “Burnt Umber” and “Raw Umber” and Mig Productions 502 Abteilung “Basic Earth” ABT093 and “German Ochre” ABT092 were added to the lower half of the hull and then blended in vertical fashion with white spirit. The same treatment was done to the top half and turret with Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber” and  Mig Productions 502 Abteilung “Buff” ABT035, “Basic Earth” ABT093 and “German Ochre” ABT092.

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