Let’s be honest, going back to work after your hols is always a bit of a strain. After ten days in the South of Spain, soaking up a fair amount of sun and even more Alhambra beer, I got all of the post and mail up to date, had a bit of a tidy up and then decided that I needed something a bit exciting to ease me back. A couple of months ago I’d spotted some rather nice and very cheap T55 tanks on eBay which I thought would make great wrecks to add a bit of litter to the table.
It’s a Chinese made plastic model ready built but one which is pretty sturdy. My first step in turning this into a rusting hulk was to spray it black with cheap car paint. My usual supplier had run out of matt so I went with a satin, it really doesn’t make any difference.
With this done I slapped on a coat of Vallejo Yellow Green…
…followed by a wash of black ink watered down with screenwash concentrate and water.
I then dry-brushed this with the same Yellow Green with some white added. Once this was done I used a coarse brush to start applying rust. This was a Mahogany Sand which I dabbed on with a will. I focussed on the edges and stuff like the bottom rim of the turret and areas where rust appears first. That leaves the original paint showing on the flatter areas.
I did use some very thin white paint to add some turret numbers after which I used my Tamiya Weathering Master packs to add more shades of rust and soot to give depth to the model.
Following this I used a slightly smaller brush to add another coat of rust with the lighter Vallejo Red Leather. I followed this up by adding some white to that colour and then dabbed on some highlights.
And that’s about it. Here’s a shot of it “in action” on the table. Overall I am pretty pleased with this cheap and cheerful model which although sold as 1:43 scale is much more like 1:50 so fits right in.
When we began work on Dawns & Departures, it became clear that the Generic Support Options in the main rules were ideal for one-off games, but that we needed to add a few new ones for the campaign system. Three of these were the message options: the carrier pigeon, the brazier for the warning beacons