How could I say no when, The Boss contacted me to ask if I'd be happy to work for (with!!) him to put together a tutorial on how I paint and weather my German vehicles.
I have only been painting historical models for about a year, but I have recently received lots of kind feedback on my work, including from Warlord games who included some of my images in their newsletter. The Boss called and said he was interested in bringing my step by step process to the readers of the bossminis blog and we have worked together to bring you the following guide.
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So onto the process...
Be prepared -
To start with here is a list of all of the products I used to paint this Hannomag 250/1
Model air, Sand Yellow
Model air, Interior Green
Model air, Dark Earth
Model air, White
English Uniform Brown
Tamiya Weathering Powder
Old Small Brush
Undercoat the whole model with a grey primer - I have used Hycote grey spray primer, but Halfords also do one that is widely used.
Using an airbrush, I covered the whole model with Vallejo Air Sand Yellow, making sure that the interior and the underside of the vehicle are all painted in this base coat colour.
The next stage is to add the camo pattern with lines of interior green and dark earth applied using the airbrush. The model doesn't have to look perfect at this point, because most of this will be covered in white in the weathering stage. The benefit of doing this despite not seeing a lot of it once weathered is that it adds depth when the weathering is completed.
This is followed with a coat of watered down Nuln oil.to get the right opacity used 3 parts water to 1 part wash. I applied this all over the model which darkens the panels and sits in all of the recesses creating depth.
The Hannomag is starting to look weathered now, but before I add a whitewash, I use the soot from the Tamyia kit.
Be careful to remove most of the soot from the brush that's included and then gently brush over the hard edges of the vehicle.
Once this is complete, add the decals as desired. Once the decals have dried, spray the vehicle with a lacquer to protect the layers you have put down to this point. Allow plenty of time to let this dry before covering the whole model in hairspray - note that the vehicle will be sticky, so do not touch the vehicle until it is well dried.
Time to be brave and return to the airbrush so cover the model with white paint, ensuring i focused on each panel.
Don't spray the whole model perfectly white and avoid spraying the decals, though if you do, you can remove the paint once it has dried. Finally, be sure not to spray the interior.
Using an old damp brush gently rub the hard edges of the model. This takes a bit of time, but once the hairspray starts to get wet the paint flakes off very easily, so be careful not to rush too much as you can easily remove too much.
Using watered down English uniform brown (this is being used like a wash so aim for skimmed milk as consistency) and use it to pin wash the miniature.This is where you target all the places that would hold dirt such as in between panels and the track wheels. do not apply it over the whole panels. I also gave the inside of the Hannomag a good coat of this to make it look more dirty.
Using the soot from the Tamiya weathering powder kit, go over the hard edges again and get into the wheels of the tracks. With the rust powder gently drag it along a few areas of the model as if your making dirt streaks on the panels.
Now is the time to paint the tracks and tyres black and paint all the stowage, once that is done use Nuln oil on the stowage to add shade to the recesses.
Use the snow powder in the Tamyia weathering kit and go over the track wheels, applying it gently over the stowage.
Paint the benches inside brown and add Nuln oil to shade.
And that is how you can achieve the winter worn effect that I have achieved on my German winter armored transports. remember - any questions please contact MiniatureBlanky or Nathan Blank on Facebook!