This is the fifth model I finished, built from February to August 2013. The particularity of this model is the antislip coating, made with a very fine volcanic ash.
A diorama, even a small one, can do a lot for the model, putting it into a visual context which improves greatly its realism. This time I made a simple base depicting a desertic landscape with rocks and sparse vegetation.
For this model I decided to apply the dust only to the lower hull and to the running gear. Although in the real life the dust usually covers the entire hull —and sometimes even part of the turret— I chose to do so to not hide the details and the color effects.
The dry brush technique is used to highlight edges, bolts, rivets and generally all the protruding parts of the model. This helps to achieve a better visual depth, and provides also further interesting effects.
In order to harmonize the shades of the camo and to subtly vary its hue, I applied some oil color filters on the whole model. Then I used some pin washes to highlight small details.