So this blog is all about the Tiger I, one of the most iconic tanks from WWII, and also World of Tanks. You can now purchase this tank on our marketplace and One-Click print it with ease. Watch the video below to see my painting process and learn how to achieve it yourself.
Step by step:
1. Preparing the TIGER:
After printing, I clean all the parts of the model by removing any PLA excesses. You can always sand some of the surfaces to give a better finish to your tank, but this step is optional. In addition, since the tank might get scratches, I recommend using black or dark colour filaments.
2. Painting the TIGER:
The first step for painting the tank should be the base coating. This will help the paint to stick to your model. Remember that some harder to reach areas will stay uncoated, so you can apply black paint to cover them later (Black - Vallejo 72.051). Once the model dried (around 30min after the first coat) I applied a coat of dark grey (Panzer DK Grey - Vallejo 71.056). Remember, always wait until the paint is dry before applying the next layer.
I applied the highlights with a mixture 50% of Dark Grey (Panzer DK Grey - Vallejo 71.056) and White (White Grey – Vallejo 71.119). In this stage, I focused on applying highlights over the top area (the more layers you apply, the more intense the colour will be).
I keep working by highlighting the edges and adding some scratches with grey (Stonewall Grey – Vallejo 72.049). I also added some battle damage and chipping with a sponge. I used dark brown tone to create some dirt effect (German Red Brown – Vallejo 71.271). The combination of these steps gave a more realistic look to the tank.
Finally, I painted the wooden and metallic parts with brown (Khaki – Vallejo 72.061) and silver (Gunmetal – Vallejo 72.054). Once the colour base was dry, I washed the parts with dark brown (Smokey Ink – 72.068), and later I applied a second wash just to the metallic parts with black mixed with water (Black - Vallejo 72.051). For bringing the details back I highlighted all parts with the original colours. Finally, to create a wood effect in the ammo box, I painted some stripes with a mixture of 75% brown (Khaki – Vallejo 72.061) and 25% white (White Grey – Vallejo 71.119).
The tracks were painted with a quick brown (German Red Brown – Vallejo 71.271) drybrush. Any undesired mistakes can be covered with the original colours, and remember that once you have finished, you should coat your model with a final layer of varnish (Matt Varnish - Vallejo 70.520) to protect your model.
If you have any doubts you can find the whole process in Wippit’s Official Youtube Channel.