Tanks. Big, massive, metal machines. Who doesn’t like them? And who doesn’t want to have one? Now, in collaboration with World of Tanks, Wippit brings the T-45 straight to your 3D printer, and by the end of this blog, you can learn how to bring it to life.
So here you have the final look of the painted t-45. Read on the learn how you can achieve this at home.
Step by step:
1.Preparing T - 45:
Once the tank has finished printing, it’s important to let the bed cool down. This prevents warping the bottom layers which are still warm. Once cooled, I carefully removed it from the bed and assembled it. Since it is support free, it was ready for base coating. 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 has movable parts, I recommend using black or dark colour filaments, so in the case of the paint getting scratched, the damage will look natural, especially for the tracks.
Once the cleaning is finished, it is a good practise to stick the model to a base (I used a spare printed
piece, but you can print your own grip). Use Blu Tack, since it is very easy to remove after the job is done.
2.Painting T - 45:
The first step for painting the tank should be the base coating. This will help the paint to stick to your model as layer the paint. Some parts are harder to reach when applying the base coat, so I used a brush with black paint to cover them (Black - Vallejo 72.051). Once the model was dry (around 30min after the first coat) I applied several layers of green (Medium Olive - Vallejo 71.092). I used an airbrush, because it gives smoother results, but you can use a brush (Citadel XL Base). Remember, always wait until the paint is dry before applying the next layer.
I kept working with the airbrush with a saturated green (US Light Green- Vallejo 71.137). In this stage, I only applied highlights over the top areas, working towards the most prominent parts. Remember that the more layers you apply, the more intense the colour will be. Once I finished, I started applying some edge highlighting with the same green.
Once all the edges were done, I applied some weathering effects with a sponge and some brown (US Sand - 71.138). Any undesired mistakes can be covered with the base colours.
For the details, I painted the tools (US Sand - Vallejo 71.138) and metallic parts (Gunmetal - Vallejo 72.054). Once the paint was dry, I applied a wash with dark brown (Smokey Ink - Vallejo 72.068) to create a weathered effect. 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.