How to Paint a M26 Pershing Heavy Tank

By schnitzel von krumm

How to paint the M26 Pershing Heavy Tank (UBX43) in this case theT26E4 Super Pershing from Battlefront Miniatures, with a focus on using as few steps as possible to quickly paint a great looking tank for the tabletop.

What a great model to build, now for the fun part.

 

STEP 1

  • Mount the model on temporary mounts with blu-tac, in this case a piece of timber and a plastic bottle top.
  • Spray a thin coat of black primer coat, I use GW
  • Airbrush Base colour VMC 887 Brown Violet using the Vallejo airbrush thinners.
  • VMC (Vallejo Model Colour)
STEP 2

  • Using a large flat brush, drybrush both parts with VMC 886 Green Grey.
STEP 3

  • Airbrush VMC 995 German Grey in stripes over both the tank and the turret.
STEP 4

  • Using a large flat brush, drybrush both parts with VMC 886 Green Grey, again 😉
STEP 5

  • Add the decals. How to add decals
  • I like to gloss varnish before and after adding the decals.
  • For uneven surfaces use Micro Set, then Micro Sol, between the layers of gloss varnish.

 

STEP 6

  • Using a medium to fine brush paint the tracks, road wheels and .50 Cal using VMC German Grey.
STEP 7

  • With a fine brush free hand some extra details using VMC 918 Ivory.

STEP 8

  • Lightly drybrush the tracks and .50 Cal with VMC 863 Gunmetal Grey.
STEP 9

  • Using a dry old brush apply MIG Black Smoke to the end of the gun barrel and use MIG pigment fixer to keep it on.
STEP 10

  • Lightly Drybrush VMC 876 Beige Brown around the tracks and mudguards
STEP 11

  • Using an airbrush apply a coat of Gloss varnish to the model, I use Tamiya X-22 Clear with Tamiya thinners.
  • I do this for two reasons, one to help the next step the oil wash and to give the model less chance of chipping.
  • Note. The “T” on the top lets me know that the paint is thinned and ready to go 😉
STEP 12

  • Create an oil wash using Odourless solvent and Black oil paint.
  • You can use store bought enamel washes, but I like making my own.
  • If you have never made one before, check out a brown wash I made here http://youtu.be/eqRyRYDhbzc?t=4m58s
STEP 13

  • Let the oil wash dry for about an hour and remove any excess using the odourless solvent and a cotton bud.
STEP 14

STEP 15

  • Finally using an airbrush ‘Testors Dullcote’ the entire model.
STEP 16

  • Add an aerial (in this case a boot polishing brush) and enjoy

 

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