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Matilda Mk III/IV

19th Tank Corps, Central sector of Eastern Front, USSR, January 1942.

Matilda Mk III/IV build – Part 1:Introduction
Matilda Mk III/IV build – Part 2:Assembly
Matilda Mk III/IV build – Part 3:Painting
Matilda Mk III/IV build – Part 4:Weathering


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Matilda Mk III/IV build – Part 4:Weathering

  • 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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Matilda Mk III/IV build – Part 3:Painting

Primer: Tamiya “Fine Surface Primer” (light grey) spray can

Black base: A 1:2 mixture of Mr.Finishing Surfacer 1500 Black and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner was sprayed all over.

Basecoat: A 1:1:1:1 mixture of Mr.Color “Olive Green” (120), Mr.Color “Olive Drab (2)” (38), Mr.Color “Sand Yellow” (119), Mr.Color “Character White” (107) in Mr.Color Leveling Thinner (1:2 ratio of paint mixture to thinner) was sprayed.

Initial chipping: Because I was going to whitewash the tank, I decided to add some chips to the underlying base coat, using Lifecolor “4BG Light Khaki” (UA240) and Vallejo Model Color “German Camouflage Black Brown” (70822). In retrospect I don’t think that many of these show through the whitewash, but, I know that they’re there!

Whitewash: AK Interactive “Worn Effects” (AK088) was sprayed over the tank into two coats, 30 minutes apart. After another 30 minutes, Tamiya “Flat White” (XF-2) in Mr.Color Leveling Thinner in a 1:2 ratio was sprayed. Another 30 minutes later, the whitewash was selectively removed using a stiff brush or tweezers.


  • Machine gun: Vallejo Model Color “Black” (70950)
  • Smoke dischargers: Vallejo Model Color “Black” (70950), Vallejo Panzer Aces “Old Wood” (310)
  • Headlight\sidelights: Citadel “Mithril Silver”
  • Rear number plate lights: Citadel “Mithril Silver”, Vallejo Model Color “Red” (70947)
  • Tools: Citadel “Boltgun Metal”, Vallejo Model Color “Black Grey” (70862), Vallejo Model Color “Khaki” (70988), Vallejo Model Color “Leather Brown” (70862), Vallejo Model Color “Bronze” (70998), Vallejo Model Color “Russian Uniform WWII” (70924)
  • Exhaust pipes covering: Lifecolor “Dust Type 2” (UA706)
  • Tracks:  Tamiya “Dark Iron” (XF-84) in Mr.Color Leveling Thinner (1:2 ratio of paint mixture to thinner)

Gloss coat: A 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Clear Gloss” (46) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner was sprayed over the entire model


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Mk I “Female”

HMLS “We’re All In It”, A Company, Heavy Section, Machine Gun Corps, Somme area, France, autumn 1916.

Mk I “Female” build – Part 1:Introduction
Mk I “Female” build – Part 2:Assembly
Mk I “Female” build – Part 3:Painting
Mk I “Female” build – Part 4:Weathering (rust and chipping)
Mk I “Female” build – Part 5:Weathering (wash)
Mk I “Female” build – Part 6:Weathering (streaks)
Mk I “Female” build – Part 7:Weathering (dust, dirt and oil stains)

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Mk I “Female” build – Part 7:Weathering (dust, dirt and oil stains)

  •  AMMO “Oilbrusher” oil paints (“Dust” A.MIG-3516 and “Earth” A.MIG-3514″) were dotted at various points on the vehicle and blended in on the horizontal surfaces with enamel thinner, or drawn down the vertical sides with a flat brush, to simulate streaking rain marks.
  • After this, I sprayed everything with a 1:2 mixture of Mr.Color “Flat Clear” (182) and Mr.Color Leveling Thinner. At this point I was able to fully assemble the tank and attach the tracks. The latter needed a bit of work, so were treated with AMMO “Light Rust Wash” (A.MIG-1004) and Lifecolor rust paints.
  •  AMMO “Europe Earth” (A.MIG-3004) and “Light Dust” (A.MIG-3002) pigments were brushed in various places, followed by a mixture of AMMO pigment fixer and Earth oil paint in enamel thinner to act as a fixer. I have several of these class of vehicles (here and here) which are finished in dark pigments and real dirt, so for this vehicle I wanted a less muddy appearance, more dusty\dry mud. Perhaps these are the conditions they first encountered in summer\autumn 1916, before the rain and mud of winter? I had in mind the real Mk I at the Tank Museum, Bovington, depicted somewhat this way (see my pictures here and here).
  • Soot from the exhausts was simulated using Tamiya “Soot” weathering powder.
  • The tracks were brushed with AK Interactive “Dark Steel” (AK086) pigment.
  • Oil and other stains on the hull were simulated with AMMO “Fresh Engine Oil” (A.MIG-1408) or Abteilung 502 “Engine Grease” (Abt160).