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I'm going to do some fading & discoloration on a 3-color camouflage german tank, what technique would you suggest? Should I apply the process on individual color patch or 3 colors as a whole? Please advise.
There are several approaches you can take to recreate this type of fading. Panzer green and redbrown both lightened as they were exposed to the sun and the elements. Therefore, what I would suggest is to spray the patterns in what you want to represent the unfaded colors. Then, lighten each with small amounts of either buff or dark yellow (these are better for this effect than white), and spray the center of the camo patches in irregular (some call it cloud) patterns, leaving the edges in the original colors. Don't worry about doing this with the dark yellow base as dŁnkelgelb actually darkened with age and exposure.
After you have faded the color patches, you can overspray a very highly thinned misting coat of buff (again, I think some may use dark yellow for this). This will help 'tie' in the colors. Horizontal surfaces should get heavier treatment of these misting coats as they were more prone to fading. This also helps in replicating dust that accumulates on those surfaces. Be careful with this step, however, as it is easy to overdo it if the misting coats are not thin enough.
Hope this helps!