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Matilda Mk III/IV build – Part 4:Weathering

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  • First of all, I decided to whiten some of the areas with AMMO Oilbrusher “White” (A.MIG-3501).
  • The exhaust was painted with the LifeColor rust set and later parts of it – and the exhaust pipes – were treated with AMMO “Light Rust Wash” (A.MIG-1004).
  • A small amount of paint chipping was done with Vallejo Model Color “German Camouflage Black Brown” (70822).
  • The non-whitewashed underside of the tank was washed with AMMO “Dark Brown Wash for Green Vehicles wash” (A.MIG-1005).
  • The whitewashed areas were washed with  AK Interactive “Interior Wash” (AK093).
  • The tank surface was treated with various oil dots – Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber”, “Lamp Black”, “Payne’s Grey”, “Permanent Magenta”, Abteilung 502 “Faded Grey”, “Snow White”, “German Ochre” and AMMO Oilbrusher “Olive Green”. On horizontal surfaces these were roughly blended in with a round brush (slightly dampened with enamel thinner), to attempt the appearance of surface colour variation. On vertical surfaces the dots were worked into streaks with a flat brush.
  • Once dry, I had a second pass with some of the AMMO Oilbrusher paints “Olive Green”, “White”, “Earth” and “Starship Filth”. This time I mostly restricted the green dots predominately to the heavily chipped whitewash areas and the white dots to the largely intact whitewash areas. They were worked into the surface are before. I am never quite sure when to stop this phase of adding oil paints to the surfaces. In this case I wanted a distressed whitewash look, which had plenty of surface grime.
  • The tracks were sprayed with Tamiya “Dark Iron” (XF-84). Next, the LifeColor rust paints and Vallejo Panzer Aces “Track Primer” (304) were added in places by sponge. After that, the tracks were lightly washed with  AMMO “Light Rust Wash” (A.MIG-1004). AMMO “Russian Earth” pigment (A.MIG-3014) was deposited by brush in small amounts and fixed by adding enamel thinner. Finally, the contact surfaces were brushed with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” (AK086).
  • Once the tracks were assembled on the tank, I wanted to simulate a certain amount of snow. For this used Tamiya “Powder Snow Effect” diorama texture paint (87120). It seemed good to me – easy to add and manipulate, yet it dries hard and quick. I wanted just enough to cover much of the recessed parts of the tracks, plus the running gear, but not large parts of the whole vehicle.
  • AMMO “Russian Earth” pigment (A.MIG-3014) was placed in small amounts in various parts of the upper hull and turret, to be fixed in place with a dilute mixture of Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber” and “Burnt Umber” oil paint in enamel thinner. I haven’t added wet mud and tried any damp effects, envisioning this vehicle in a frozen landscape, where the ground is hard.
  • Fuel stains were added on the side rear deck by using AMMO “Fuel Stains” (A.MIG-1409), diluted and neat.
  • Oil and grease stains were simulated on parts of the hull and running gear by using dilute mixtures of Abteilung 502 “Engine Grease” and “Bitume” in enamel thinner.
  • The wooden tool handles were brushed with Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber” oil paint.
  • The machine gun and metal tools were brushed with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” (AK086) pigment.
  • The exhaust ends were treated with Tamiya “Soot” weathering powder.

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