Friday, December 6, 2013

King Tiger Build- Painting Guide by Adam Wilder

After building the King Tiger (KT) kit and painting preparation now comes Painting and Weathering. Doing it for the first time, I did my usual research and prepared some painting guides based on techniques I came across with that seemed simpler for me to understand- or so I thought. The first guide I used is the Painting and Weathering Technique by Adam Wilder as published in Adam's article discussed in detail and demonstrated the painting and weathering techniques he used to achieve  realistic weathered finish on his armor models. Actually, it follows the Scale Model Painting and Weathering Process Flow I posted previously.

I summarized in a table format the systematic group of processes for painting and weathering as Adam laid out, which helped me out in my first attempt to paint a scale model ever. Some of the techniques within the guide  are already used and discussed in other publications which were adopted. Credit was given by Adam to Tony Greenland and Makoto Takaishi for some of their techniques.

I'm not sure actually if it can be of help to you but I just wanted to post it also just in case it can be of use to some newbies like me.

Paint/Thinner/ etc.
A) Airbrushing
base coat
Tamiya dark green XF-61,
3 parts

Tamiya thinner X-20A,
one part

Tamiya semi-gloss varnish X-22
one part

Shadowed appearance-
Tamiya dark green,
1 1/2 parts
AB flat open surfaces with a lighter shade of base color
flat white XF-2,
1 1/2 parts
AB flat surfaces between any extrusions (grab handles, rivets, bolts, and weld seams).
Tamiya thinner,
1 part
Keep AB perpendicular to the surface of the model.

Tamiya dark green XF-61,
1 part

B) Applying a Wash

Thinner (Better Way brush cleaner)
1/4 a glass paint jar
Toothpick to apply small paint amounts to thinner allows you to easily regulate wash tint .

Winsor & Newton ivory black oil paint
15% paint and 85% thinner.
When wash is blended, put in a dust free booth and let dry for a day.

Winsor & Newton burnt-umber
# 2 round brush to mix/apply paint over the entire model
When the wash is dry start adding oils.

After 1st coat, continue brushing the model (without adding any more wash) with downward strokes to blend paint evenly over the surface.

C) Adding Oils- to give base coat a semi gloss finish to add depth that resembles painted steel; manipulate base color to a more desired color and further blend the base coat with the over-sprayed areas.

Winsor & Newton artist oils- black, white, and the three primary colors
toothpicks to mix artist oil paints
use color wheel to aid with mixing the colors

Linseed oil and varnish

Russian armor
light coat of red-brown oils
1. Dip # 2 round oil brush in red-brown mixture; brush off almost all from brush to sheet plastic.

Tamiya dark green
2. Brush over entire upper hull and fenders using downward strokes. Ignore from under the fenders down and running gear as these will be over-sprayed with earth colors later.

German Tiger tank
brown or red-brown color (artist oils)
3. When the paint stops spreading, re-dip into paint and wipe clean onto the plastic. Continue brushing until the model from the fenders up is completely covered. Let this coat dry for two days.

Talens Dammar picture varnish glossy 081 (varnish for oils)

Alkali linseed oil (artist grade)

used to improve the distribution of the paint over the surface of the model

On adding oils....
The mixed color of artist oils along with the makeshift pallet of sheet plastic.
Note how 99% of the pant is brushed from the brush before its applied to the model.


King Tiger Build- Weathering by Adam Wilder 


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