In this painting session we will learn how easy it is to paint pure Dunkelgelb to a German tank, in this case: the Tiger!

What you need

  • Any Vallejo brown/redish color (i used Panzer Aces Leather Belt)
  • 70.862 Black Grey
  • 70.882 Middlestone
  • 70.863 Gunmetal Grey
  • 73.201 Black Shade (Wash)
  • 73.520 Matt Varnish

The painting process

We start as usual by giving the whole tank a Middlestone basecoat. Now the best course of action would actually be to prime the model first but i didn’t have any primer at hand so i experimented a bit. However, if you do have a black primer, use it! It will make the paint stick much better.

Tiger I Dunkelgelb

Starting point.

Tiger I Dunkelgelb

After the Middlestone basecoat.

The tank already looks very nice. You should cover the spaces that you missed and this is where the primer shines: if you don’t it will show up as black shading in random paces making the tank look more realistic.

Tiger I Dunkelgelb

Now paint the tracks Black Grey. Use a very small brush so you don’t spill paint over the dunkelgelb areas.

Tiger I Dunkelgelb

Tracks painted black grey.

Next follows an essential step into any painting session: shading. Use Black shade to cover the whole tank. Wipe with a clean brush the shade from the flat surfaces of the tank and guide it to recesses and joints.

Tiger I Dunkelgelb

Tiger I Dunkelgelb

Let the tank dry and after that paint the details: brown for tool handles and gunmetal grey for their hard edge. Also give a light drybrush with the same brown color to the tracks and wheels to simulate mud.

Tiger I Dunkelgelb

Tiger I Dunkelgelb

You have to paint some axes, some hammers and the tow cables they used when they got stuck in the mud. But with that done now it’s time to add decals. I just added the obligatory German Cross at the back where it was usually placed on Tigers and also a random number to the turret. It doesn’t really matter if you’re a history buff or not, it just looks good whatever the number you pick. After you place the decals give the model a wash with Matt Varnish to preserve the paint and details.

And we are done! The whole process took almost an hour and only because i spent some time researching where to place the markings on the tank. Enjoy!

Tiger I Dunkelgelb

Tiger I Dunkelgelb

Tiger I Dunkelgelb

Tiger I Dunkelgelb

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