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This is my first actual attempt at weathering. If anything else I've done looks like it is weathered, it was purely by accident.
After painting the basic colors I used the Games Workshop black wash over the entire model. I've seen people wince when I tell them that I do that to all my vehicles. But to get the worn look and shadows I like, it's just plain easier to wash the whole darn thing.
The trick is to use so much wash that you're just moving puddles around. That way you don't leave brush marks. When you move the wash around, always streak it downward.
For the end of the gun barrel I added about six layers of wash. Surpisingly, in the picture you can still see green. When looking at it in normal light it looks like it has about four inches of carbon build-up.
When the wash finally dried, I dry-brushed the entire model with Graveyard Earth. Then around the areas where mud would splash up, I dry-brushed with a tank brush. This added the streak look.
I have learned that fear, above all else, will prevent someone from weathering their models. You really can't screw it up - it's suppose to look like it's been drug through the mud!