Rubicon Models M10 Achilles tank destroyer

Finished Weathering the M10 Achilles Kit from Rubicon Models.
This was my second kit from Rubicon (See the first, an M5 Halftrack further down my facebook painting page)
Really liked the way this kit went together, even though there were lots of options to build this kit as different tanks, the instructions were clear and every part was clearly labeled so it went together in no time at all.
Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

I used exactly the same method as with my previous tanks to paint this one.
Firstly (after priming black with vallejo primer through an airbrush)
I air-brushed on a mix of Russian uniform & reflective green, with slightly more reflective green in the mix (60:40) + airbrush thinner.
After this I washed it with black wash.
Then airbrushed on the same colour (mix of Russian Uniform & Reflective green), but this time i used the ratio the other way round (40:60) so it was a bit brighter.
I lightly airbrushed this over the centres of the panels, and made a few more passes anywhere there should be obvious highlights.
Then I used German grey on the tracks & tools to pick them out.
The shells in the turret were painted with vallejo Old Gold. Then given a sepia wash.
Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Decals were applied by applying a light gloss varnish where i want the decal to appear, then applied the decal. After this was applied I varnished over the top with matt varnish.
Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Once the mini was dry I used a big brush and gave 2 heavy washes of the Vallejo weathering wash European dust. I dried each coat with a hair dryer which meant it dried in seconds.
 
The final stages were weathering uses MiG pigments. I used Black soot on the muzzle break, where I lightly painted on Lahmian medium onto the muzzle, then brushed on the soot powder with a dry brush.
The mud effects were by using Dark mud, which was mixed on a pallet with lahmiam medium to create a gritty paste, which was then dabbed onto the areas I wanted to make muddy. I've attempted to keep the bottom area more muddy than the top as the shape of this vehicle looks like it would stay cleaner up top, and only put heavier mud on the top parts where people would be walking on it.
After the dark mud was applied and given a little while to dry, I applied some European dust in the same way. This is a little lighter in colour which just adds a little flavour.
Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Rubicon Models M10 tank destroyer

Hope you like it!
 
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Chris

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Chris has been a Wargamer since he was 12 years old, progressing through 40k, WFB now playing a diverse range of games from 15mm WW2, to space combat games, and even the odd game of judge dredd.

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