Washing and Chipping is a must step in building tank scale models. Well before that, there’s actually this step called fading, but I forgot to take some photos of it 😛 (gonna do it on the Stug III, hopefully).
Back to the washing part, washing is when you ‘wash’ your kit using oil paint to expose the details of the tank, such as bolts, panel lines, grills, etc. It’s just like washing technique in building Gundam, except that we’re gonna leave some of the excess paint in certain corner to achieve more dirty effects.
And for the Chipping stage, it’s a step where you replicate a chipped paint of the real tank. Paints could be chipped due to a lot of reason such as constantly endure the crew’s footsteps, rocks, weather, etc. I use handbrush to do this, because I think this is the easiest way to achieve the effects that I’m looking for .:D
These are the Oil Paints I use throughout the process
From left to right:
Yellow Ocre (for filtering and fading), Napples Yellow Hue (for fading), Titanium White (for fading), Burnt Sienna (for fading, rust effect, and washing the tracks), Raw Umber (for washing the body), Burnt Umber (for washing the body), and Vandyke Brown (for Chipping).
that’s all for now, still have to create the oil spills and rainmarks on the tank later:D