I did the A7V a while ago, but without any serious weathering. It’s not exactly a masterpiece of kit design, although looking at it again I should perhaps have made a better effort with some of the hull gaps. Anyway, in between waiting on other models, I decided to try to give it a more realistic, “used”, look. So, in order:
- Chipping – Vallejo Model Color “German Camouflage Black Brown” (70822) applied by sponge.
- Rust (exhaust) – repainted with Lifecolor paints (UA704, UA703, UA702, UA701).
- Wash – pin wash with AK Interactive “Wash for Panzer Grey” (AK070).
- Wash – panel line wash with AMMO “Dark Green Grey” wash (A.MIG-1608).
- Wash – wash with AK Interactive “Light Rust Wash for Green Vehicles” (AK046) around exhausts.
- Filter – the running gear was treated with AK Interactive “Blue for Panzer Grey Filter” (AK071).
- Oil fading – using Mig Productions 502 Abteilung oil paints (German Grey Highlight ABT170, Faded Grey ABT100, German Three Tone Fading ABT155, German Ochre ABT092, Blue-Green for German Grey ABT230). Followed by selective highlights on certain high points (grills, some hatches) with German Grey Highlight ABT170.
- Streaks (grime) – vertical streaks with AK Interactive “Streaking Grime for Panzer Grey” (AK069).
- Streaks (rust) – vertical streaks with AK Interactive “Rust Streaks” (AK013).
- Dust – 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) was sprayed on the tracks, wheels and lowest parts of the hull.
- Dust\dried mud – I created the below pigment mixes (following this example). The “medium” mix was applied sparingly to the tracks, running gear, lower sides of the hull and selective parts of the top using a brush and fixed with spraying Tamiya X-20A thinner. Later, small amounts were flicked from the end of a brush onto the lower parts of the hull. This was meant to be the lightest dust or dried mud. The process was repeated, in a more substantial way, with the “dark” mix, to represent newer layers of dirt or dried mud.
- Fresh mud – AK Interactive “Fresh Mud” (AK016) was flicked onto the lowest parts of the hull, running gear and tracks to represent the freshest, wettest mud.
- 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 and immediately on the surface of the hull in a subtle plume.
- Oil stains – AK Interactive “Engine oil” (AK084) and AK Interactive “Fuel Stains” (AK025) – both diluted with white spirit – were added to the running gear and tracks. The latter was also flicked onto select surfaces of the hull, to represent moisture stains.
Light pigment mix
- AK Interactive “North Africa Dust” (AK041) – 1 part
- AK Interactive “Light Dust” (AK040) – 1 part
- AMMO “Middle East Dust” (A.MIG-3018) – 1 part
- AMMO “Sand” (A.MIG-3012) – 1 part
- AMMO “Concrete” (A.MIG-3010) – 1 part
Medium pigment mix
- Light mix – 5 parts
- AK Interactive “European Earth” (AK042) – 1 part
- AMMO “Rubble” (A.MIG-3013) – 1 part
- AMMO “Airfield Dust” (A.MIG-3011) – 1 part
- AMMO “Brick Dust” (A.MIG-3015) – 1 part
- Vallejo “Light Sienna” (73104) – 1 part
Dark pigment mix
- Medium mix – 5 parts
- AK Interactive “Dark Earth” (AK081) – 1 part
- AMMO “Russian Earth” (A.MIG-3014) – 1 part
- AMMO “Track Rust” (A.MIG-3008) – 1 part
- Vallejo “Natural Umber” (73109) – 1 part
- Vallejo “Burnt Umber” (73110) – 1 part