Team Yankee T72 Mine Plow Tanks

By Michael Cannon / January 4, 2016
T72 Mine Plow Tanks

I am looking for a dirty, ‘been in the field a while’ look for my vehicles like in the image below.

Tanks on the Move

Note the dirt/dust gathered on the roadwheels and on the flat surfaces of the tank. My airbrushes are having issues and I did not want to drybrush these so i used the Tamiya weathering chalks.

My first run at these was only moderately successful as the spray dullcote and clear coat washed ┬álot of the chalks away. Here’s the process I finally followed to get the results below.

T72 Mine Plow Tanks

  1. Spray and detail the basic details (roadwheels, MGs),
  2. Sprayed light coat of gloss coat,
  3. Do pin wash (outlining the features with watered down black ink),
  4. Spray Dullcote on the entire surface,
  5. Add the weathering chalks and do a light spray of Dullcote from 10-12 inches away,
  6. Redo the chalks and since everyone in my house is sick, I held them over the humidifier for a few seconds to seal the chalks.

The center tank is the result up through step 5. Not bad but not what I was looking for.

The end tanks are the result of step 6 and more of the dirty in the field look I wanted.

About the author

Michael Cannon

I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.

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