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Dan in Vermont17 May 2019 12:28 p.m. PST

Hi folks: I'm a very basic painter using brushes and just painting to wargaming standard.

Need basic info for painting 1/87 scale weathering and other effects for NW Europe, Italian and African campaigns for WW2.

Any recommendations in VALLEJO paint colors (name and/or ID#) (not air) for:
-tank tracks in Europe/Italy
-tank tracks in Africa
-tow cables, spools of wire
-drive sprockets, parts of suspension
-the black part on the tank wheels and bogies
-metal showing where paint scraped off
-metal grids on back top of tank where heat escapes



DeRuyter17 May 2019 1:59 p.m. PST

Vallejo has a range of pigments which work well for weathering effects like mud, dust, oil, smoke and rust.

Depicting bare metals areas is an effect that can be done using a sponge or the little foam inserts in figure blister packs. You could dry brush it really.

For all these effects I would recommend searching You Tube – lots of tutorial videos that show you the technic and colors used. Tank tracks are a whole subject in themselves! Tank tracks rust where they don't rub against anything so that can be a basic color then drybrush steel on the highlights for the wear. For the desert they can be a sand color as a base. In 28mm I then weather with mud or dust.

For the basic parts I use a combo of Vallejo and craft store paints and find a color photo or drawing in a book or online as a reference.

dragon617 May 2019 4:36 p.m. PST

American tank treads have rubber pads so black, or mud, there. Blazing Chariots. Crisp was surprised to see them.

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