Battle Wear- Part 1

Well it’s been a while since I’ve painted a vehicle of any sort but I’ve got this Bauhaus Grizzly tank from Warzone Resurrection sitting on my shelf waiting for some paint so I thought I’d show a few techniques I like to use. (You can find Part 2 of this article here)

One thing I’ve never been keen on is shiny new tanks, there is something about them that just doesn’t seem right, so I’m going to add some wear and dirt to this one.

When most people paint vehicles they paint a pristine model and then add scratches and chips with more paint (as I did with my walker and bikes). This works well for smaller models but for larger models a more subtle approach can often be a better solution.

Layering up

For this technique to work you have to approach the model like a real vehicle with multiple layers of paint built up on after the other.

As the Grizzly is a resin model I started with a coat of plastic primer, I use the plastic car body kit primer from Halfords as it sticks well and gives a good coverage. May sure your model is grease free for this technique as any lose paint will show before we are finished.

Next paint your model Gunmetal (I use Tamiya paint for this, I don’t normally like Tamiya but it is very tough which is what we need here), this is the bare metal body of the tank before any paint has been applied.

Next I’ve applied the factory undercoat (irony as we have already undercoated the model), these are often a reddish brown (don’t ask me why) so I’ve used Vallejo Orange Brown. This has been applied with a large drybrush to make sure that there is still gunmetal showing in the panel lines. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look even, that’s after all what we are trying to achieve.

Next is my top colour. I’m trying to match my army so I’ve used Vallejo Dark Sand. I’ve applied this with an Airbrush using multiple thin layers, for this technique to work and Airbrush is almost essential at this stage as the top layer has to be very this.

So now our model is painted and factory fresh ready to be weathered.

Layering Down

Now for the fun bit, I’m going to remove some of those layers of paint.

If you managed to use an Airbrush for the final coat then you will mast likely have some Airbrush cleaner in the house. This stuff is great as it will remove paint even if it’s been dried for some time.

What you will need is your Airbrush cleaner, some cotton buds and an old cloth. Start by soaking a cotton bud or cloth in some Airbrush cleaner and carefully rub it over the model where you want the wear to appear. Take your time with this and don’t try and rub it all off immediately, simply keep going over the same area with multiple coats of cleaner until the paint starts to come away. As you work at the paint it will first expose the Orange Brown mid coat and then the Gunmetal. This is why I started with thicker coats and work up to a light Airbrush.

Once you have the level of wear you want leave the model for 24 hours for the Airbrush cleaner to fully evaporate away before proceeding (leave it in a well ventilated place or try to find an odor free cleaner).

Now is a good time to bring out some of the panel lines and emphasize some of the details. For this I have used a mixture of Black and Brown ink (brown ink alone isn’t dark enough) this has then been thinned with some water. Using a large brush with a reasonable point I apply the ink to the panel lines and around rivets and anything else that looks like it need some definition.

Well that’s it for part 1. Next I’m going to be working on the other details of the tank, such as the gun barrels and tracks.

About Jarec

Long term Wargamer and dice hugger. My preferences tend towards Fantasy and Sci-Fi but I have a strong interest in the WWII and Vietnam gaming eras.
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