Since I started playing Bolt Action, I had to start painting larger armour than I previously had. I prefer a well campaigned tank to a shiny one, so the new Vallejo Weathering Effects got my attention. With over 20 different effects, it is pretty easy to go overboard with the weathering, so we are only going to use 5 of them. Choose the effects that fit the terrain where your tank will be fighting and you can’t go wrong.
|Light Brown Splatter Mud, Rainmarks, Oil Stains, Petrol Stains, Mud and Grass|
Step 2: I started the weathering with the Splash Mud. You can apply it in 2 different ways. The first is by loading a brush up with the mud and flicking it at the model. To utilize an airbrush, load up a paint brush and spray the brush with bursts of air from the airbrush. I used both methods on this model, but I found that I had more control with a toothbrush.
Step 3: Next I added rain streaking to the tank. This is the most laborious of the weathering processes. I used 3 different sized brushes to add variety to the streaking. Make sure that you don’t make a pattern with the streaks.
Step 4: Using the Oil Stain, I put a wash and some spills around all of the hinges and hatches and other moving parts. You can use a fine brush to turn some of the spills into streaks as well.
Step 5: To add fuel stains, first find out whether the tank you are painting used diesel or petrol. Once you have established that, make sure you know where the fuel cap is on the tank, you don’t want to add fuel stains where they don’t belong. The Sherman V still had a petrol engine, so I added some Petrol Stains around the fuel caps and the jerry can.