As construction was finished i proceeded by priming my model with a laquer based spraycan filler/primer
Followed after curing by an acrylic black base. I used vallejo paints exclusively throughout the build with the exception of the dark green, which was Model Master
Now the fun can start!
Thinking over what color i should spray when i had several options: Go with what was historically done i.e. dark yellow straight out of the factory and field applied redbrown and green or alternatively start with a dark green base as it is the predominant color on the model. Eventually i went for option 1. So dark yellow it is:
I then proceeded by masking the yellow stripes with thin strips of tamyia paint, Over this i freehanded the redbrown. This was then masked using putty and oversprayed with the final, green color:
After peeling it all of carefully i ended up with this result:
The weathering process consisted of adding washes of black, burnt umber and burnt sienna water colors followed by drybrushing sand and gunmetal, I tried hard at this stage not to go overboard so as to create a fairly new and undamaged tank.
The final stage consisted of painting and aging the tracks (light rust wash followed by steel drybrush and rust pigments) and adding rust and soot pigments to the surfaces using Tamyia’s weathering set B.
This morning i added the tracks as well as the spare tracks and called it a day:
Did i miss my old bench every second of the build? Oh h*ll yes, but in the end it did not matter as working on this model was sheer joy and relaxation. And is that not the desired end result we all go for?
With that last moralistic babble on my part i thank all who followed my project and appreciate all comments and critiques you can come up with! Kermit signing off