I recently purchased some Astra Militarum tanks to add to my collection. In the army overview post, I gave a brief overview of how I do the camo pattern on the tanks. With the new purchases, I thought I would put together a post on how I paint the pattern on my tanks with some photos this time.
Step 1: Undercoat in black. I find that black works better as an undercoat for my guard. I would normally leave the crew off and paint them separately, but as this was an ebay repaint job, they were already glued in place.
Step 2: Give the entire tank a basecoat in the lighter colour. In my case, this means a coat with Steel Legion Drab. I don't worry about being too neat at this point as I will be re-painting any of the metal areas once the camo pattern is applied.
Step 3: Cover the tank in blu-tack where you want the lighter camo pattern to remain. I find that two packs of blu-tack provide enough material to sufficiently cover one guard tank.
Step 4: Paint the uncovered areas with the darker camo colour. For my tanks this is Castellan Green. It may take a couple of coats to cover the lighter colour.
Step 5: Give the darker camo colour a wash. I use Nuln Oil for the green.
Step 6: Apply highlights to the darker camo colour. I use Loren Forest for the first highlight and Straken Green for the second highlight.
Step 7: Remove the blu-tack from the model. Be sure to get any small scraps that are left on the hull of the tank (you can use a larger ball of blu-tack to remove these easier).
Step 8: Give the areas of lighter camo colour a wash. I use Seraphim Sepia for the wash.
Step 9: Apply highlights to the lighter camo colour. For the first highlight I use Tallarn Sand, for the second highlight I use Karak Stone.
Step 10: Paint the metal areas of the tank and imperial insignia Abbaddon Black. Once dry, drybrush the metal areas with Boltgun Metal or Leadbealcher. Paint the imperial eagles with Skull White. Any other details can be picked out as required.