Mittwoch, 26. September 2012

Step by Step: How to paint a high quality vehicle squadron fast and easy Part 3

Hello dear readers,
todays post is a little bit late, but it took quite a while to finish it...because I have a visitor right now. You'll soon know more about him, cause he is about to join my team very soon.

German Version: Klick mich

Todays colors are Tamiya XF-57 Buff (the beige basis tone) and Tamyia XF-2 Flat White (to mix the highlight color)

Again, we start with our nice friend, the testing card. He will accompany us till the end of the article :)

We also need our scalpel and some kind of masking tape.
I cut my camo pattern while the tape is glued to my cutting map, so it looses some of his stickiness (this prevents the tape from ripping our basic color off, where the priming wasn't perfect)

I cut a pattern I used a lot of times, so I am used to it and know, what I am doing. If you never did such a thing before, just look at some pictures from real tanks, artbooks and codizes. The Imperial Armour Books also provide a wide range of camo patterns.

Again we use hairspray and comes the very important part, that will add realism to the job.
We sprinkle the salt in the places, where our basic color is already damaged. This will blend the two colors together, preventing hard cuts where rust should be. This is also the point to cover mistakes, by simply not adding salt and hiding them forever ;)
Of cause, we also sprinkle salt where no rust is, to show the second color was damaged, but the first hasn't been yet.

Now just repeat yesterdays steps. It is a good idea to remove the tape after washing the salt away! There are tiny flakes of white flying around and we avoid them sticking to our green.
And never...I really mean NEVER use the water rips and tears the color away.

And thats how it looks after removing the tape.

Thats nice but...well its not right yet.
Now we use our stipple brush, our toothpick and our scalpel. Scrape the camo away where big spots of rust are, scratches that hide under the camo we just renew. With a little patience, we create a good looking weathering, way faster than by painting everything with the brush.

Better, isn't it?

Now let's do that stuff on one of our tanks ;)

We'll start with the dozer blade.

The stipple brush is very useful to stick the tape to edges.

You can see how I protect the rusted areas with salt.

A few pictures of the covered tank:

You may notice there isn't much new today, but it's really just yesterdays techniques used again and if you use them more often, it becomes easier and faster :)
Don't be scared of the end result,don't have thoughts like that is just stuff cabinet painters do. To tell the truth, is really simple and absolutely no magic. Take a few test models or sheets of plasticard and practice and you will reach this level ;)

No let's have a look on todays result:

Tomorrow we will add some last chipping to blend everything even more together, and maybe...just maybe I'll show you some oil color magic. If not tomorrow, it will be Friday. Just check out tomorrows post :)
Thanks for your comments my friends.
Have a nice evening.