As many of you have noticed in recent months, I have been obsessively painting desert vehicles. I started with a massive DAK motor pool and moved onto my Desert War Sikh army. I would like to thing that over time I have got this process down pat and that I have sped up considerably. A number of people have asked how I do it.
I like to use a series of applied dry brushes and washes to get the sun bleached, dusty, worn look that prolonged desert exposure causes. Without further ado, here is how I do it.
Old Man Morin's guide to painting Desert War vehicles
|Step one: Paint the model using the Army Painter Bone spray. Apply a mix of brown and black washes to the recesses.|
|Step 2: Dry brush the model using GW's Balor Brown. This should give you a good coverage. It is fine if the messy wash areas still show through.|
|Step Three: Dry brush the whole model using Dheneb Stone (or something comparable). This should be a much lighter dry brush application.|
|Step Four: Lightly dry brush the whole model using Vallejo's Ivory|
|Step Five: VERY lightly dry brush the whole model white. This is just to help make the outer corners "pop." Be careful not to get carried away on this step or you will wash away all of your detail.|