Just came back from my break, and believe it or not, I feel even more tired than before - especially with this heat wave we're living through.
Despite the sweltering heat and the unbearable humidity, I have managed to overcome my lethargy and sit down and paint. I had left the Merkava tank off at the highlights. It was now time to continue with adding some interest to the model.
So the next step was to add the washes and filters followed by the panel lining. I will quickly explain the difference between a wash and a filter for those of you that do not know. Basically a filter and a wash are the same thing, except for the concentration of pigment. A filter usually contains 5% to 10% pigment and a wash has 15% to 25% pigment. These values may differ according to brand or user.
I use filters and washes to add chromatic diversity and richness to a more or less monotone and boring colour scheme. This is done by adding the washes and filters to different panels on the tank, thus altering the colour slightly.
When the washes have dried properly, I use a dark brown enamel wash to panel-line the tank. Capillary action does most of the work for you, but if some of the paint slips, then just use a cotton swab with some enamel spirits to clean it up.
After adding the scatches, using a very light shade and hull red, I applied first some pigments on the tracks. To add volume to this, I mixed the pigments with some plaster of paris.
I then went ahead and added different pigments to different areas of the body, in order to maximize on the chromatic diversity pigments offer. A unique aspect of the Merkava is the engine grills and exhausts on the sides. I used black pigment to stimulate the effect of exhaust. I over did it a bit on the side panels, but I will fix this latter on with the use of some water and mineral spirits.
Engine and Oil Stains. I used the paint in 3 stages. In the first stage, I thinned the paint down by adding a large amount of thinner and laid down a foundation. I subsequently added another layer with less thinner and the final layer straight out of the bottle. The effect are very pleasurable and help to diversify the monotone colour scheme of the Merkava.