The Stug has finally enter the painting booth.
Stug III’s color scheme is a mono-camouflage German Grey. Some people call it “Panzer Grey” (if I’m not mistaken it, “panzer” stands for “tank” in English). The Grey color used by the German in world war II is one of a kind, it’s a really really dark Grey….close to black but it’s still Grey:D
I start off with applying the primary paint to the tank. Primary paint is needed in order to give more adhesive surface, so the paint above it would stick in a very long time.
After that, I apply the shading using Tamiya Flat Black. The shading technique is called “pre-shading” which mean that I apply the shading before the base paint is being applied. There is also the “post-shading” technique which is the contrary of pre-shading. But I think pre-shading is a lot easier since you don’t risk messing up the main color:D
The shading is painted in corners and panel lines (yup, they got panel lines in tanks too:D), because those are the place that should look darker than the others.
After that, it is time to paint the base color using Tamiya German Grey. The trick is to apply it enough so that the shading is still slightly visible 😀
The picture above shows how the tank looks like when it comes out from the factory. Nice and clean. Of course we don’t want too see a clean tank. Clean tank means that it never went out to battle. It’s world war II, any tank not going to the battlefield is useless. Therefore we gotta add some worn effect on it. If the tank is out there in the crazy weather, terrain, and environment, usually the surface lost its original color. The surface would either rust or turn into a lighter color.
To replicate those effect, I sprayed Tamiya Light Grey randomly in a cloudy pattern. It is just the first step of the actual weathering process.
That’s all for this week’s progress, it’s been a raining week here in my place, making the process becomes slower, but there’s no reason to be in such a haste anyway 😀