What better way is there to get over the green? Paint something in a desert setting of course!

Today’s afv model is from Revell in 1/72 again, T-72 M1 #03149 tho it has a rather grim story behind it. I’ve actually finished this kit couple of years ago, painted it with the regular 3 tone Russian camo but botched it entirely during the weathering stage using AK washes neat. Afterwards the kit has been used as a guinea pig for many different weathering techniques, how it ended up can be seen here:

Upon deciding on what to do i began searching for some tutorials to try out some new techniques because i am currently unhappy with my paint finishes – obviously this is going to be a good opportunity. Since i am not capable of pulling what i’d like with the contemporary or the so called modern painting and weathering techniques, i opted to go medieval and pulled out the books from 2 of my heroes; S. Paine and F. Verlinden about painting armor, luckily Verlinden had what i wanted exactly, an Iraqi T-72 from Op. Desert Storm albeit in 1/35 and with all his aftermarket goodies, ref: Verlinden Modeling Magazine Vol 5 No 1. That being said, i never intentionally replicate another man’s work, imho it’s simply impossible when it comes to crafts like these – nobody is going to be doing what i can do, they’ll either do a better version or a worse – but not something identical (marketing dept. of the weathering products will have me in a sling now!). Ergo my intention is to employ the soul and reasoning of the techniques with materials at hand and according to my abilities, hence a different and more personal look is to be expected here in the end.

Currently the model has been painted and an initial weathering has been applied in the following fashion onto the model pictured earlier:

  1. Humbrol 29 flat earth enamel drybrushed over the entire model in order to hide camo and other artifacts and to provide an even basecoat. Set aside a full day to cure in which after the initial tackiness has gone i’ve rubbed a film of odorless turpentine with wide flat paintbrush to level the paint even more.
  2. Tamiya Buff (1x) + Tamiya Desert Yellow (2x) thinned with distilled water (5x) shot around 1,5psi used as a dusty base coat – paintjob was done as i had explained here.
  3. Gunze h313 Yellow (fs33531) thinned with distilled water used for highlights, since the paint is semi gloss type, added equal amount of gunze flat base as well!
  4. Gunze Off White added to the above mixture and used for highlighting the details with a 3/0 Pebeo paintbrush.
  5. Tamiya Nato black drybrushed on the rubber sideskirts.
  6. W&N Burnt Sienna and Black oil paints offloaded onto cardboard to drain their oil carrier, then thinned with Talens white spirit and used as an overall wash, once the initial sheen is down, rubbed off with a cloth to remove the excess and blend it in.
  7. Realized that i had forgotten to paint the yellow and white bands on the bore gas evacuator, masked it all up and drybrushed with Vallejo model color acrylics.
  8. Tamiya Desert Yellow over gun mantlet cover.
  9. Not satisfied with the rubber parts (somehow the dead flat Tamiya XF paint ended up gloss upon drybrushing?!), drybrused Vallejo model color Black Grey.
  10. Wheel rims drybrushed with Vallejo model color Medium Grey.


It’s going to be more fun with weathering from now on.