WIP – Battlefront Panzer III J Platoon – Part II Base color

Some free time to continue with the Battlefont Panzer III J Platoon for the Afrika Korps army. I’ve done the base color and some modulation style to achieve some contrasted lights.


The above pic shows the first step of the painting: priming. You can see the first step of the Work in Progress in the previous post: PART I

Now I’ve done the base color with Tamiya’s XF-59 Desert Yellow mixed with XF-57 Buff. I was searching for a lighter color than the Desert Yellow but still retaining some of it’s yellowish tone.


All the painted pieces:


Then, I started to paint some lights with modulation style, but in this case, on less areas than other times.

If you overexpose some panels (for example using more white than needed) a little trick is to spray the original color but highly diluted. Let’s say 5% paint 95% alcohol (because they’re Tamiya paints). With 2 or 3 layers, the color will recover some of it’s tone, covering the parts that are overexposed or desaturated (excess of white in this case).

Some example for you. Do you recognize which turret lost some color/looks more whiter? Ok, I’m not giving you the solution 🙂


The other turret has been sprayed with 3 thin layers of the 5/95 mix and it recovered some of it’s original yellow tone. The modulation effect is still noticed, but the overall color is more correct.

A shot of all the highlighted parts:


Don’t worry about the set looking so much contrasted… we’ll lower the contrast with the next steps: decals, washes, streaks, chipping, etc.

To achieve the modulation, I use home made stencils using paper and masking tape:


And till the next step. See you guys!


4 Comentarios

  1. Paul Cummins

    Looking good – are you just adding white to the desert yellow/buff mix for highlights?

    • angusin

      Hi, thanks!
      Yes, only white was added. Instead of looking for a warmer mix, I prefer (in this case) to work with white and recover the yellow color with the homemade filter (5/95 ratio).

  2. Paul Cummins

    Ive been using tamiya dark yellow and then buff as highlight (not really enough levels for modulation) . I may have to try the desert yellow as well (and the filter)

    • angusin

      That’s right, I only use Buff to highlight browns and some greens. But I highlight the majority of colors (including other greens) directly with white. I prefer to play with it and airbrush ‘filters’.
      And don’t forget to post your results on our Facebook!! 😉


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