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B-4 M1931 203mm howitzer build – Part 4:Weathering

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  • To simulate paint chipping, Vallejo Model Color “German Camouflage Black Brown” (70822) was applied using sponge.
  • The entire gun was washed with a dilute mixture of Winsor & Newton “Raw Umber” and “Lamp Black” oil paint in enamel thinner – the excess being cleaned up with a dry brush or cotton bud.
  • Some vertical streaks were added using AMMO Oilbrusher “Starship Filth”.
  • AMMO “Oilbrusher” oil paints (“Dusty Earth” A.MIG-3523 and “Medium Soil” A.MIG-3522) were dotted on the much of the horizontal surface, underside, running gear of the vehicle and wheels, which had previously been dampened with enamel thinner. A round brush was used to dilute and blend the oils. The same oils were dotted on the sloping and vertical surfaces. A flat brush was used to draw them down the sides to create dust and rain streaks.
  • The entire model was sprayed with a 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Flat Clear” (182) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner.
  • AMMO “Europe Earth”, “Rubble” and “Brick Dust” pigments were brushed onto the wheels, running gear, lower gun and tracks and fixed with a 1:1 mixture of AMMO “Pigment Fixer” (A.MIG-3000) and enamel thinners, added by brush. I wanted to convey an impression of dried mud, especially on those parts expected to be in close proximity to the ground and crew, whilst leaving the gun itself less dirty, as you would expect if it were still operational.
  • AK Interactive “Dark Steel” (AK086) pigment was brushed on certain parts expected to have wear and tear.

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