How to Paint an A7V tank step by step

By Ry

How to Paint an A7V tank GGBX01 Battlefront

Well I was planning to enter my A7V’s in the Battlefront Great War Painting Competition but could only get my Stoss Platoon ready in time.

For me the A7V’s were the first items built from the great box set Biltz’s Battlegroup (GGEAB1) and took about 2 minutes to clean-up ready for the painting table.

After spending far too much time on google images looking at A7V’s it was time to start.

Check out the finished result.

 

STEP 1
Paint

Vallejo White primer

Tool

Airbrush

 

Undercoating

I apply a few thin coats building up into a consistent overall white colour.

This product is great just shake, spray and then put any you don’t use put back in the bottle.

Note. Very important when using Vallejo primers, Let dry for 24 hours

STEP 2 Paint

50% VMC 979 German Cam. Dark Green

50% VMC 886 Green Grey

Tool

Airbrush

 

Base colour

 

I didn’t like VMC 979 German Cam. Dark Green as a base colour and Green Grey was too light, so I mixed the two of them together 😉

I used the same technique applying many thin layers to build up the base colour.

 

Note. That I use Vallejo thinners for all my airbrushing.

STEP 3
Paint

VMC 979 German Cam. Dark Green for the shading

VMC 886 Green Grey for the highlighting

Tool

Airbrush

 

Highlighting and shading

 

Start with the shading lightly airbrushing the bottom of the tank.

Then move on to highlighting, Focusing on the top panels of the tank

 

Note. This step could be skipped if you wanted your tank on the table quicker.

STEP 4
Like your tank green skip to Step 8

Paint

VMC 914 Green Ochre

VMC 982 Cavalry Brown

VMC 983 Flat Brown

Tool

Medium Paintbrush

 

Base colours

Thin down your paint with a little water and take your time building up a solid colour.

STEP 5
Paint

Add 50% VMC 976 Buff to the base colours from step 4

Tool

Fine brush

 

Highlighting

Highlight the base colours starting at the top of the panels and pick out rivets and any other details like hatches or covers.

STEP 6
Paint

VMC995 German Grey

Tool

Fine brush

Outlining, tracks and guns

Paint a thin line of German grey between the base colours and a large circle below the main gun as a background for the skull and cross bones decal.

While the paint is in the palette paint the tracks and the machineguns.

STEP 7
Paint

VMC 951 White

Tool

Airbrush

Adding white stripe and decals

I used low-tac tape to create the white stripe and cut little boxes in the tape to create little white boxes for the decals.

Take your time with the airbrush to build up the colour.

STEP 8
Paint

VMC 886 Green Grey (wrong paint pot in the photo)

Tool

Fine brush

Highlighting all the rivets an hinges

Using a fine brush highlight all of the rivets and hinges.

STEP 9
Paint

VMC 818 Red Leather

Tool

Fine brush

Painting the exhaust

It looks too bright but it will be toned down with the black oil wash

STEP 10
Paint

Gloss varnish

Micro Set

Micro Sol

Tool

Fine paintbrush

Applying the decals

Paint some gloss varnish in the areas the decals are going to be applied. Using Micro Mark products
Micro Set then,

Micro Sol apply the decals.

When completely dry paint some gloss varnish over the decals to protect them for the washes.

STEP 11
Paint

Oil paint

White

Medium brown

Dark brown

Tool

Medium Brush

Dot Filter

At this point you could use a commercially purchased filter, I would recommend Mig Ammo BROWN WASH FOR GERMAN DARK YELLOW thinned down.

But I use a selection of oil paints, just dabbed on and mostly removed using a medium sized brush dipped in thinners.

It helps blend in all the colours.

STEP 12
Paint

Black oil paint

Odourless solvent

Tool

Fine Brush

Black oil wash

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 it’s very easy.

STEP 13
Pigments

P025 Standard Rust

PO23 Black Smoke

Pigment fixer

Tool

Fine brush

Pigments

Using a fine brush place some rust on the exhaust and some black smoke coming from the exhaust. When you are happy with the result dab some pigment fixer near the area, trying not to remove all your hard work.

STEP 14
Paint

Testors Dullcote

Tool

Airbrush

Dullcote

Apply to the whole tank.

Note. Only use Testors thinners for the Dullcote and wear a mask.

STEP 15
Paint

VMC 976 Buff

Tool

Medium Flat brush

Dry brush

Using a large flat brush, dry brush the A7V avoiding the tracks and exhaust.

STEP 16
Paint

VMC 876 Brown Sand

VMC 871 Leather Brown

MIG P231 Gun Metal

 

Tool

Medium brush

Finger

Mud

I love using this recipe and technique for mud http://youtu.be/557PIOV54b8?t=3m33s

When the paint is dry dip your finger in the metallic pigments and rub it on the tracks.

STEP 17
Product

MIG Pigment Fixer

Tool

Medium brush

MIG Pigment Fixer

Apply to the tracks to keep the metallic pigments on.

STEP 18
Finished

 

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