M 47 Patton - Dafne

Basic methods always work

This old model should have served only as a basis for experiments, but thanks to an eccentric picture found on the net...  


You'll se that the finishing methods, with True Earth products,  are universal, and also adapt to a strange finish like the one we 're going to do now.

We start as usual with a light coat of Chromatic Primer.


A lightened and altered green coat with a mix of SDW Shading Colors TESC36 Grey Green, TESC17 Buff. Plus TESC98 Gloss Additive to speed up drying time and increase transparence.

It is painted in recessess and all areas not interested by... The other color.

On the gun, TESC05 Yellow is added to the remainings of the previous mix.

And here it is the famous picture. Then, the other color is...Pink ! - probably a very faded minium - This image only is used as an inspiration, the model was already built and with mudguards in place.

As a start, a sature tone of pink is painted, mixing together 1 part of TESC04 Magenta Red - or TESC38 Red-  and 5 parts of TESC02 White. Plus Tesc98 Gloss Additive.

Harmony between the two contrastiong colors is obtained with Filter & Wash TEFW04 Light Desaturation & Fading 1.

A thin glaze on the whole model. Followed by a second coat at the center of some panels and on raised corners to subtlely enhance the shape.

Very subtle spots here and there with Filter & Wash Light Ageing to add some punch to the paintjob.

Some details are simply painted with SDW Shading Color TESC06 Neutral Grey.

As you know, SDW Shading Colors,- unless being acrylics-  have a good degree of blend-ability. Leave a little amount to get denser into a palette, then we use it for some effects of alteration.  In the following steps, TESC06 neutral Grey and/ or TESC02 White.

Put a bit on the surface, then blend it with a larger, dry, brush.

The dense paint is well suited also for drybrushing. Neutral grey first, then White.

And here how it looks like after those effects.

Shapes enhanced with selective washes of Filter & Wash TEFW10 Steel.

For a graded effect on some areas, it was applied on a thin layer of water.

Given the dry climate where the original tank seems to be stored, rust will have sober and dark tones, with minimal leaking. We'll use mixes of SDW Shading Color TESC60 Drab Grey, with Rust SDW 01 and 04.

Both ranges are blendable, but SDW Shading Colors are more opaque, while Rust SDW are more blendable. We'll change proportions upon the use we need.

More SDW Shading Color in the mix for sharp effects.

Pure Rust SDW for graded halos and gentle scratches.

You can also blend them together while fresh.

Here more combinations of those products, on different surfaces.

For a pattern, spread abundant Rust SDW. After some minutes, texture it.

When it has dried, a darker tone is added. Here the basecoat was W Metal TEWM04 Alloy.

Lower sides get some blended, stained and leaked effect with SDW Shading Colors.

Washes on wheels with a mix of Filter & Wash Cold Ageing and Steel. Just moisten a little the parts with water, and add Filter & Wash into recesses. Unlike other products in the market, you need no subsequent cleaning. The wash stays around details.

 To increase the effect of abandonment, a graffiti-like name was painted freehand on the turret.

 We are nearing the end, but something can still be done.