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I'm in the process of painting my Imperial Guard army, and I'm hoping that someone with a little experience in painting tanks can give me some advice. Currently, my tank is rather bland. I dry brushed Charadon Granite onto a chaos black base coat then picked up the aquila and skulls in codex grey. I'm looking to add some color to the sides of the tanks by painting tank stripes on them, like in this tank here: http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...LemanRuss7.gif
Anyone have any experience painting stripes like that? If so, did you just freehand it, or was there more of a science to it?
You can do this easily by getting some delicate tape and taping down around where you want to put the stripes (so the area you want painted is left exposed) and either paint on thin coats for even coverage or drybrush many times for a more worn out look.
Most people who are really into armored vehicles make heavy use of a air brush, but if you want to get down and dirty with so brushes I would do the following:
Start off with a darker version of the colour that you want and then paint the lines. take will help but it very well could run under it where there are recesses like panel lines, so be wary. I would then dry brush with lighter versions of the base colour to get the richness you are looking for.
Definately use masking tape. I have used it numerous times on projects. To ensure the tape is firmly stuck down use the reverse side of a spoon to rub the tape onto the model.
I would lay it down and start by painting the darker of the two colours on to the model, brush it on up to the tape. Then remove and do the next lighter stripe, this way if the colours bleed slightly, its not as bad as its the lighter colour onto the darker one.