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T-34/85 (model 1944) build – Part 8:Weathering (dust and dirt)

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  • As a first pass at dust or dirt, AMMO “Oilbrusher” oil paints (“Dust” A.MIG-3516 and “Earth” A.MIG-3514″) were dotted at various points on the hull, turret and wheels. After that the paint was “blended” or “melted” to the surface by the careful addition of enamel thinner. This way, the colours particularly collected around weld lines and objects on the surface.
  • Streaking dust effects (such as old rain marks) were attempted on the sloping sides of the hull and turret by the application of the above paints, followed by drawing them down the surface with a damp flat brush. This was done multiple times, although I tried to keep the effect subtle.
  • Once all the oil layers were dry (I tend to leave three or more days between each application) I sprayed everything with a 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Flat Clear” (182) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner in order to provide a matt surface for the pigments.
  • Usually I have used a pre-mixed set of pigments of similar colours. However, this time, in order to hopefully get a greater variation of colours I opted to add three pigments at the same time, but separately. So, AMMO “Dark Earth” (A.MIG-3007), “Europe Earth” (A.MIG-3004) and “Light Dust” (A.MIG-3002) were added sequentially by small brush to various parts of the hull and wheels and the top of the turret. After this, enamel thinner – with a small amount of Abteilung “Basic Earth” (Abt093) oil paint – was used to carefully fix the pigments in place. I had seen the use of oil paint in thinner – presumably to help as a binding agent – when applying pigments in a recent book: Abteilung 502 – Mastering Oils. In the end,  for extra adhesiveness, I created a 1:1 mixture of AMMO pigment fixer and enamel thinner, again with some of the Earth oil paint. It seemed to behave itself and not leave any nasty tide marks when dry, which occasionally has happened in the past when using fixer solution. Looking at the latter pictures now, I can see some areas looking unnaturally clean of dirt – I shall remedy that.

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