Good evening all!
Hey Rob! What did you go and do a thing like that for to a poor big kitty? I'll have to put a few holes in a Pershing now to make amends!
The after-fire oxidisation on the turret is amazing Rob, nice and smooth without too much residue... You will have to divulge your trade secrets.
Hey Dan! How's things? You are spot on methinks about '112' and co' I don't believe '112' fired a shot after it's afternoon sojourn from the Chateau. I know that from D-Day onwards the weather in Normandy was rather changeable with showers and sunny spells, so I will rely more on a patina of clay,chalk and general dust to age it a little. I reckon those hob-nail boots would chew up the custom paint job on the hull roof, engine deck and turret roof though. The other thing I have been trying to find out more about is, the crews spraying of a gasoline and oil mix from a spray-gun onto all moving parts, in your opinion as a 'tanker' would this resist too heavy a build up of grime or aid it? You can see on a few images of Tigers in the Normandy theatre, that there is a stain on the underneath of the front fender/mud-guard where lubricant has been thrown up over the track passing over the sprocket.
Right then weathering of the running gear. The road wheels have been given a wash of thinned Raw Umber oils, then a light filter of Brown for Dark Yellow.
Then when dry ran over a sponge 'loaded' with a mix of the GS PC Schokoladenbraun mixed with the GS weathering set Soot. This primes the track contact surface of the roadwheels with an even finish on the 'steel tyre' but allows the edge to receive a 'chipped' rim, this helps both areas when applying the graphite for that polished steel effect.
Next using an artist graphite stick (9b) the tyre surface is coated, as well as the rims 'polished on the roadwheels that would come into contact with the guide horns on the track, along with the drive sprockets teeth and Idler. This can be sealed with a light coat of varnish/clear coat or future.
Then a little more attention to the lower hull with grime and streaking added with dark filters and oil paints, ready for the proper 'muck' to be applied'
Next we can have a little fun playing about with 'our mate' Mig's Pigments.
I have found that using Vallejo's thinner for airbrushes, you can achieve a myriad of tones that dry nice and flat without to much texture, when they are 'spatter' applied from a loaded brush with the aid of an Airbrush, by mixing the pigments and adding pastels you can really layer up the thinner sort of mud and dust deposits you can see on some vehicles in changeable conditions.
The shaking hand is proof of the fun you can have with pigments!
A little of the same for the inner roadwheels, and they can go back on!
And a little 'light' coating of 'base mud coat' for the rear hull (as it probably threw up quite a lot of mud from the damp earth of the Chateau's parking area as it got underway for the afternoons action in Villers Bocage and Hill213. That's my story and I'm sticking to it, I didn't get carried away =, or anything with this excellent technique!
Right folks that's it for tonight's installment... Back soon, thanks for looking in.