Prufrock's Wargaming Blog

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Wash formula for 6mm vehicles and WIP

I've been beavering away on my 6mm Americans and have just given the vehicles a dark wash to bring out the details.

As I have a terrible habit of losing the notes I make on paper regarding this kind of thing, I'm putting the formula on here so that I can find it again.  It was something like this:

6 drops of water,
4 drops of Klear,
3 drops of Devlan Mud wash,
half a matchstick stir of Tamiya Nato Black (XF-69)

For readers, my 'drop' is a small cocktail spoon's worth, probably about 2 or 3 mls; my matchstick stir is, as the name suggests, a matchstick dipped into the paint pot, swirled around, and then transferred to the mixing pot.  In this case, I dripped about half of the paint on the match into the mixing pot.

The tracks and running gear were given an earlier wash, 50/50 Tamiya Smoke and Gunze Sangyo Mr Hobby Retarder Mild.

Here then are a couple of WIP shots to give an idea of how they are coming along.

The last one shows an undercoated M60A2 for contrast's sake.

I'm enjoying painting the 6mm much more than I anticipated.  So far I've found it very rewarding, and as there are a lot fewer stages to go through compared to my usual 15mm figures seeing them progress so quickly is great for the motivation.

Next up will be a drybrush, some weathering, a painting in of the guns and then it will be time to start on the infantry.


  1. Thanks Phil! I hope they'll do the trick...

  2. Damn, now I've got to fear not only their much better in-game stats, but their much cooler-looking paint job too :-(

  3. Don't sell yourself short, Luke! Your Czechs are stunningly good. If mine hold up half as well I'll be a happy man.


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