Tuesday, November 26, 2013

15mm WW2: Panzer IV ausf. H - Drybrush and metals

So, after the filter or wash or whatever you want to call it, the overall color of the camo looked good. Now it was time to apply a drybrush to bring out the details and start the weathering of the tanks.

After the drybrush using the base yellow color, the definition of the details really pops. Also, it's a start to giving these guys a dusty, worn look.

Next up were the metals. These included the exhaust system on the back and the tracks. I'm not sure the tracks on panzer iv were made entirely of metal (can someone answer this in the comments?) but painting them in metal seemed like the right thing to do.

I don't have the best picture of the tracks, but they're painted basic gun metal and a mix of black and red-brown wash was added over the top, making them look rusty/dirty.
Also, note the bow machinegun was done in metal as well.

Next steps:

  1. detailing (road wheels, fuel canisters, ...)
  2. chipping
  3. muddy-ing
Step 1 will certainly be done. 2 and 3 are currently being considered. The models will look good without the extra effort of chips and mud, but it does give an extra dimension. Some personality, one might say.

What do you think? Are the chipping and the addition of mud worth the extra effort? Do you have any good tutorials on how to achieve these effects?


  1. Looking good. I'd say go for both mud and chipping, I think it's worth it in the end.

    1. Thanks... any tips on how to achieve these effects?


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