I really enjoyed painting this model. It was fun to try some new techniques to achieve a very specific appearance on the final model. One nice thing with commissions is that I can try some different colour combinations as I don't have to match my existing models (although I don't really stick to one way of painting for my own models, I'd rather always try new things).
I painted all of the reddish brown areas first. The idea is that it looks like the rust primer coat. Luckily for me, Model Brush posted an awesome tutorial on painting hull red just as I started this commission. It came out a little pinker than may be ideal, but it gives an interesting effect overall. To paint it I used Vallejo Model Air Hull Red, then Vallejo Model Air Mahogany, then 4:1 Mahogany to Vallejo Model Air Sand, and finally 2:1 Mahogany to Sand as a highlight in the same way as with the dunkelgelb areas. I have pictures of each stage so I can always do a little tutorial if anyone is interested but I think Ruben Torregrosa does an excellent job of covering it all in his tutorial on Model Brush.
|After painting just the hull.|
The client wanted lots of weathering on this tank. I used some AK Interactive dust effects to create dirty streaks on the hull. I added chips and streaked grime to to turret and hull and lots of mud on the tracks.
The Battlefront King Tigers are really lovely models to paint. They are quite a lot of pieces to assemble though. And they weigh a ton with their metal tracks and resin bodies! You can see the other King Tigers I painted for my Kampfgruppe Peiper commission by clicking on this link. I'm hoping to get my hands on some of the plastic tank commanders from the new Panzer IV H box to add to some models as I'd love some more variety in tank commander poses. The client requested the standard commanders as the King Tiger commander that comes with the box sticks out so far it won't fit well in his foam trays.
Thanks for visiting. Be sure to come back in a few days as I have another King Tiger in winter camouflage that will get it's own blog post. Comments and constructive criticism are always appreciated!