I have not given up on this T-15 Armata build blog!
Here are pics of the initial weathering. I wanted to represent an in service vehicle and not a parade ready T-15.
In reviewing reference images I found both factory and pre-parade images that showed the rubber side/dust skirts in their natural flat black. As the vehicles were prepared for parade they were painted over with green.
I masked and repainted the rubber skirts and rear mud flap in Tamiya NATO Black.
Weathering was to be kept light but represent a new in service vehicle. In my opinion I see far too many modern AFVs weathered like they were sent back to Stalingrad, North Africa, and the Battle of the Bulge all at the same time.
Weathering started with pin washes of Windsor & Newton Raw Umber. I love this oil paint and will take it hands down over any alleged model specific oil based wash. Some very light streaking was also done with the Raw Umber and lighter shades to break up the large slab sides.
The optics I wanted to pop out from the single colour green. The turret optics truly do look like a reflective metallic gold and as such I used my punch and die set to create tiny disks using a metallic gold foil made by Recollections and available as the craft store Michaels.
For the optics on the hull periscopes I used the AFV Club Anti Reflection Coating stickers for the Stryker Family, AC35011. These simple peel and stick optics were super easy to trim to shape and place over the kit optics. This results in having modern anti-laser reflective optics with no fuss and no mess. For the inner periscope glass of the driver's large periscopes I used black 35mm film negative cut to shape and glued in...no painting and an excellent gloss look. You don't have to spend tons of time and money to get good results.
One little feature I was happy that was included in the Voyager Model lens set was the tiny red taillights. These are a great detail to add over painting the taillights gloss red. They really look the part.
On the T-15 Armata I was able to find images of the road wheels with two red painted bolts. This added just a tiny bit more colour to the monochrome finish.
As you can see I added no markings at all. To me it seems the common tactical practice of having large white numbers on the hull sides of Russian AFVs is declining. If I am incorrect someone please let me know. With the advances in IFF technology the use of visible call signs is less and less someone I expect that would be carried forward on an operational T-15 Armata.
Next up....the finished build!