Here is the progress on the chipping of my 1/35 Brummbar.
Simple technique: a small piece of sponge is dipped in dark acrylic paint and (painstakingly) used to create small dents and scratches on all the edges of the armour. Then, with a fine brush, I paint some highlights around many paint chips to simulate paint that was scratched and revealed a slightly lighter color than the area were the paint is completely “missing”.
Tedious process. But really worthwhile.
For the records, I am using Vallejo Model Color 150 German C. Black Brown for the darker color, with a 50/50 mix of Vallejo Model Color 116 Dark Yellow and Tamiya Buff (XF-57) for the lighter color (scratches and chip edges). I am planning to use a bit of Tamiya Hull Red (XF-9) to break the uniform dark color of the largest paint chips.
Contrasts are a bit too harsh for now, but I’ll do a wash, add some rust stains, drips and streaks, then a final “dusting” with pigments. This should all help to make color transitions more subtle and natural in the end… hopefully.
Chipping is in progress on the pics: most of the top, front panels and main gun is 90% done. The rest of the tank is 50% chipped.
I am going for the heavy weathering again. Is it realistic for a vehicle to look so beaten up after 2-3 years of service, even in times of War? Not sure. Let’s say it is “artistic interpretation”…