I knew I didn't want them shiny and new, and do not buy the line that "American tanks don't get dirty or chip", so went looking for some images to work from. While seeing nothing out there that shows them chipped up (I blame American propaganda and censorship of the intrawebz) I got some good ideas for weathering.
Due to the scale I started out with a base colour and then modulated it around the edges and center. I did not use a chipping medium under them this time though as at 15m I was a bit worried about pulling too much off, so decided to paint them on after.
After that I started applying powders to weather the tracks, wheels, and body. Then added more powder around the engine and exhaust vents. Then went on to clear coat the tank and then added rust streaks and rain (fluid) streaks to give some more variation. Lastly I painted the lens flairs in a purposely bright colour scheme to add some high contrast to it.
I also stole Greg's idea of using bristles for antennas instead of wire after seeing his as they allow you to be less careful with the models while playing.
I wanted to base them all as well, since I think 15mm vehicles look better based, and did up one base as a trial run (which I like) and just sat the vehicle on it for a picture. I would do bases for all of them but this was all I had kicking around.
I hope to get the Cobra's that came with the Team Yankee box done before the end of the challenge as well, but have a ton of overtime work to do this weekend and a pile or 28mm terrorists and zombies to finish, so no promises.
The hull, tracks, and turret are all great, but all the small or thin parts (guns) are way too fiddly at this scale. It would have been far better to provide the guns for the tanks and the rear rotor and main rotor center assembly for the helicopters in metal. As it stands right now, I know that eventually those pieces will break since they are plastic.
Anyway six 15mm tanks should net me 36 points for my total and towards my modern challenge. Hopefully I can add some more to that soon.
Holee Cow! These look great Byron. Frankly, I find the design of the Abrams a bit boring, but you've made them come alive with your weathering techniques here. I also like the little additions you've done, like the long aerials and the amber reflection on the optics. I too am a big fan of basing smaller scale vehicles and I think your test base looks very nice, especially with the added texture of the brown and golden tufts. Well done Byron!