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Because I’m currently living in Finland, from a while I wanted to paint a Finish vehicle. First, I thought about a captured soviet T-26 tank. But the Stug III G it’s more impressive!. And I decided to display it in a dusty road.

Sturmi Stug IIIG Rusty road

After gathering some information, thanks to some friends, I decided to paint a tritonal camouflage, very similar to the German one. And although I prepared a mud base when I started this project (because the ambient influence!), the Finish Stug tanks fought in the Continuation War, in Jun and July of 1944. Therefore, I switched the viewpoint of the scene, and I made a new base: a dusty road. In ModelBrush I’ve published an article about how to paint a Finish Stug.

Sturmi Stug IIIG Rusty road

Once I selected a wooden base (because this scene will be a gift), I used a putty to prepare the base. I used Milliput. I presented a diagonal road with two small “hills” in the opposite corners. In order to get an interesting texture, I used the tank tracks to show marks in the road. I pressed the track on the putty when it was still fresh. I also made some shallow grooves with a chopstick to show wheel marks.

Sturmi Stug IIIG Rusty road

The next step it was painting the road and texturing the elevations. To get the texture I used real earth, mixed with water and white glue. I applied this mixture with a spatula. Then, I airbrushed the road with different earth tones. I used three different tones because the variety is more interesting for our eyes!, and because the result is more real.

Sturmi Stug IIIG Rusty road

Now is the turn of pigments. It´s been the first time I´ve tried to simulate a dry road. The first approach was to apply a generous layer of dry pigment on the road. Once more, I mixed different tones of pigments to achieve a more interesting result (note TrueEarth product is not a pigment per se, because it’s soluble in water!!!. Pigments from AK, Vallejo, etc are diluted with white spirit or other thinner). Therefore, with a big brush I applied the pigments.

Sturmi Stug IIIG Rusty road

But with only this initial treatment, I didn’t like the result. It was too flat!. Thus, I decided to use a second layer of pigments. But in this second layer, I changed the method. I applied White Spirit with a brush (you can also use Pigment Fixer), and I sprinkled the same mixture of pigments. Once dry, the result it was more interesting, but not enough!. So, I complete the process with another two steps. First, I applied more dry pigment in the track marks, in order to get more contrast. And second, I followed my tutorial published in The Weathering Magazine to make dry mud splashes, using a stiff brush. The combination of these step resulted in something more real!.

Sturmi Stug IIIG Rusty road

Finally, I use some grass tufts from Tamija to break the brown monotony. I used different sizes to avoid the symmetry. Indeed, I put a different number of stuff in each corner because the same reason.

Sturmi Stug IIIG Rusty road

Sturmi Stug IIIG Rusty road

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