28 Days Later: A T-34 Battalion - Part Five

28 Days Later

28 Days Later: Part Five
A T-34 Battalion
with Chris Townley

It has been another busy week on the brushes; this time applying decals and dry brushing on a few layers of paint to weather the vehicles. Thanks to a day of painting over the weekend with Wayne, Victor and Sean I managed to get the army finished.

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Weathering
The tracks started off the week looking very shiny (and not shiny in the Firefly way!) after a drybrush of Oily Steel (865).

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I wanted to tone down the effect of the Oily Steel (826) whilst trying to make sure that some of the steel peeked through the mud. I gave the track a heavy dry brush of German Camo Medium Brown (826), followed by a lighter dry brush of English Uniform (921), paying attention not just to the tracks but also getting in and around the road wheels, and front and rear of the hull.
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Following this (and after applying the decals) I gave the entire tank a very light dry brush of Iraqi Sand (819) just to help some of the details stand out. You can see the effect of the weathering on the front of the T-34/85 shown on the right.
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Decals
There is not much to say here that Blake has not already covered off with his video on how to apply decals. I decided to keep the tanks very clean and just stick to putting two digit numbers on each turret. This way I could run mixed tank companies with both 76mm and 85mm guns without any of them looking out of place.

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Basic Decal Guide
Blake demonstrates the basics of applying decals.

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Given that I was going to be putting decals on forty two turrets in one hit I thought it might be prudent to keep the number of decals manageable.
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With the decals finished and a quick dry brush of Iraqi Sand (819) the army is done. Or at least the first part of it, now I just need to work out what will be next on my painting list! SU-100s, ISUs, ZSU.

So many things with an S and U in it!

~ Chris.
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