The Warrior build progress.

The wheels, armor plates and underside got painted with the last colour tone.

Underside and wheels painted.
Underside and wheels painted.

The wheels got their rubber surfaces painted.

Wheels paianted
Wheels painted

I also re-painted the tracks in a slightly different metal colour.

Track parts painted.
Track parts painted

I’ve worked some with the turret interior, and got it ready to assemble.

Turret before assembly
Turret before assembly

Turret and body test fitted. I hope I can unmount it!

Turret test fitted
Turret test fitted

Next will be to assembly all the wheels, and start to give the tracks a rusty sandy kind of look using Tamiya weathering sets. Then I can assembly the tracks and get on with the topside.

The Warrior underside and wheels painted.

A bit of slow progress, but I’ve finally managed to get the underside and all wheel parts painted.

Underside painted.
Underside painted.

There’s an intentional uneven look to it. Now I only need to paint the wheel rubber rims, and start assembling wheels and then the tracks.

The turret is really a bit further ahead, but I’ve started working with it a bit, and the interior part is done, and the inside of the turret got some primer inside, as the primer is a match for the interior colour.

Turret parts, ready for assembly.
Turret parts, ready for assembly.

There’s actually quite a few parts that go on the outside of the turret, hatches, and periscopes and boxes and whatnot.
The plan is to glue these parts, and then continue with tracks and the hull and all the parts on the topside.

Some more painted on the Warrior.

The build have been standing still for some time, as I had more urgent things to take care of since my dad passed away. Now it’s all in the hands of the lawfirm, and I can’t do much until that is done. So I did some painting, mainly on the other side of the wheels with the basic desert colour.

Some painting done
Some painting done!

The underside also got a thin layer of a lighter colour. I will paint with the lighest colour later, trying to create variations.

As soon as the wheels are painted properly on both sides, I will start adding a black/greyish rubber paint to the rims. And then I’ll start assembling wheels and tracks.

Matilda tank, almost done!

The tank commander got some dry brushing with tropical tan, and some details painted. I also added a wire to his mic.
The tank itself got some more dust and sand. I used both pigments and diluted sand colour. Need to practice more to get it look like sand entered every nook and cranny.

Tank commander in place.
Tank commander in place!

I’ll check it over and then I’ll take some better pics for the final reveal.

Matilda tank – weathering

I started weathering the tank with oil washes, Vallejo and Lifecolor paints, and Tamiya weathering sets. Building up both dirt, rust and dust.

Weathering started.
Weathering started.

Quite happy with how it looks so far, but looking at the pics I realise it needs some more in the openings among other places. Maybe some more sand and grime.

Last thing to do is to finish the tank commander. It’s been a while since I started this kit, so I’m not sure which colours I’ve used. Have to do a search for British desert camo during WW2.

Matilda tank, old Tamiya, long overdue update.

I think I started this one last year, and the reason it stopped was that the decals fell apart and I couldn’t get hold of new ones with less than buying a new kit. Time went by and recently In made a decision to try and finish it anyway.

So I handpainted callsign and numbers and then masked for the white and red markings on the sides of the hull and turret.

Masked and ready for paint.
Masked and ready for paint.

Next I painted white and then masked off for the red colour. Here’s how it turned out.

Markings done!
Markings done!
other side
Other side.

I noticed that the red and white fields wasn’t same size as the other side. Might have to try and adjust that somewhat.

Left to do now is finding the figure and do some weathering.