Mentioned in the M18 thread that I was going to try a new direction - German AFV's. I've watched a few tutorials on YouTube and read some articles, and here is 'my version':
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Straight Tamiya flat black as an undercoat.
My own Panzer Grey cocktail - 3 parts matt black, two parts XF63 'German Grey' and two parts X4 blue.
Next I added the [above] basic tone I first added 2 parts XF53 'Neutral Grey' and sprayed all the upper hull & turret a light coat, same on the sides but fading out as I got lower down. Then to that previous mix I added a half-part X14 Light Blue and two parts XF66 Light Grey. this was sprayed only on the upper hull and turret roof, some panels masked, some free-handed.
Finally I hand brushed XF53 Neutral Grey straight from the jar on to the high-points. I know this looks incredibly false just now, but under a couple of filter coats, a wash or two and later weathering it will calm right down... I hope
So PLEASE please give me some feedback, for this one I'll need all the help & advice you can give.
Looks good, not sure if its the photos but I'm not sure that those high points will fade down that much, they do look awfully bright.
I believe that they call it the Spanish approach where by you focus the light at the front of the subject and work backwards towards the darker areas.
This looks good, it looks like the sun is high above, maybe make the vertical faces slightly darker.
Never sure about this. The weathering depending on the situation can wipe out all the subtleties, but it gives the potential to depict AFVs in bright sunlight or in the shade without artificial light sources. You can paint it like it's sitting under a tree without having to make the whole tree and an artificial sun. The sky is the limit, but it depends on the situation you want to depict.
Looking good so far. I agree withe Gary, perhaps darken the highlights a tad, or at least some of them, then you can test the results and adjust as you go. Looking really good so far.
Good notes gentlemen, the highlights have already calmed down a lot as they've dried, not nearly as 'shouty' as in these photos. Also Sprayed a couple of coats of Johnsons Klear (another first, usually I brush it on), which has really darkened the whole vehicle right down - it's scarey but I'm constantly reminding myself that I'm 'experimenting' with this project, NOT building a show-entry !!
For anyone looking to do Panzer Grey the "blue" in the grey came from the film used by the Germans (Agfachrome ) which tinted colours towards the blue spectrum, a brown tint is more historically correct and certainly lighter than provided by the likes of Tamiya.
Modulation is a style "Spanish" some like it and in a more subdued approach is great to highlight fittings and add interest to some panels especially on a single colour vehicle.
A medium grey filter followed by two medium brown filters (or 'dirty varnish' as I call it). Starting to calm-down now. Will leave it alone over the weekend and early next week, I'll apply a dark pin-wash.