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M3 light tank “Stuart” build – Part 4:Weathering

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  • Chipping achieved using Vallejo Model Color “German Camouflage Black Brown” (70822), applied with a sponge, fine brush or flicked from the end of a brush.
  • The entire vehicle was washed with a dilute mixture of Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber” and “Lamp Black” oil paints (ratio about 5:1) in enamel thinner – the excess being cleaned up with a dry brush or cotton bud.
  • AMMO Oilbrusher “Starship Bay Sludge” (A.MIG-3532) and “Starship Filth” (A.MIG-3513) were worked into various recesses, the excess being cleaned away.
  • Wilder “Olive Drab” (LS34) oil paint was used on certain sections of the vehicle.
  • Certain hull panel lines were treated with AMMO “Panel Line Wash – Dark Green Grey” (A.MIG-1608).
  • Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber” was painted onto the wooden handles of the tools and then wiped in one direction with a cotton bud to simulate wood grain.
  • To add a touch of surface variation and to begin streaking effects, dots of Winsor & Newton “Permanent Magenta” and “Payne’s Grey” oil paint and AMMO Oilbrusher “Ochre”, “Yellow”, “White”, “Medium Grey” and “Olive Green” were placed on the vertical sides of the turret and hull. They were then drawn downwards with a flat brush, dampened with enamel thinners.
  • The vertical and sloping sides of the upper hull and turret were dampened with enamel thinner and then dots of AMMO Oilbrusher “Starship Filth”, “Starship Bay Sludge” and “Rust” were added. Then, using a flat brush, the oil paint was drawn down the side to simulate streaks. After drying, this process was repeated multiple times.
  • To simulate dirt streaks, the vertical and sloping sides of the hull and turret were dampened with enamel thinner and then dots of AMMO Oilbrusher “Dusty Earth”, “Dust” and “Ochre” were added. Then, using a flat brush, the oil paint was drawn down the side to simulate streaks. After drying, this process was repeated multiple times.
  • To simulate dirt and dust, the horizontal sides of the hull and turret were dampened with enamel thinner and then dots of AMMO Oilbrusher “Dusty Earth”, “Dust” and “Ochre” were added. Then, using a round brush, the oil paints were blended.
  • Wilder “Brown Russian Earth” (GP06) was brushed onto the wheels, running gear, lower hull, upper hull and turret top and fixed with a 1:1 mixture of AMMO “Pigment Fixer” (A.MIG-3000) and enamel thinners, added by brush.
  • To break up the overall green and dirt colours, AMMO “Autumn Birch leaves” (A.MIG-8406) were glued onto various parts of the tank.
  • Dilute mixtures of Abteilung 502 “Engine Grease” (ABT160) and “Bitumen” (ABT004) oil paint in enamel thinners were either painted in small patches or flicked from a brush onto the surfaces of the hull and running gear, to represent the subtlest stains or patches.
  • Engine Grease” oil paint – dissolved in enamel thinners to a much higher concentration – was added to parts of the running gear and certain wheels. The same oil paint, in similar concentration but with added Humbrol “Gloss Cote”, was added to certain parts to represent newer oil stains.
  • A dilute mixture of “Bitumen” oil paint in enamel thinners was added around the fuel filler hatches to represent fuel stains. Once dry, the same mixture, to which I included some Humbrol “Gloss Cote” was added in the same places.
  • The machine guns and gun barrel end were lightly brushed with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” (AK086) pigment.

 

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