I want continue adding some of the basic techniques to create a kind of librery or archive in a way to compilate the basic stuff but with a updated look. Now is time for another easy technique but which can offer us a nice result in all "old look" vehicles.
First, take a sponge, like the ones used for electronic componets packaging. Use just a piece of it to handle with your fingers, like I show in my photo:

Use a very dark brown color. Must be acrylic and if it is a bit satin, much better! Press down with your sponge over the color (withut any water added) and remove the excess of paint pressing the sponge over a paper tissue or cotton piece.

Press the sponge over all surfaces, specially hatches, details, rivets, hocks, corners... Do it in a random way.

And above, the final look. Of course, in a 1/16th scale is easier, and the look more realistic, but you can use this technique in 1/35th scale too, even in 1/48. You can combine the sponge chips with another chips painted with the same color but using afine brush.

Let's go now for rust stains, usually visible close to big chip areas. This time, we must use a red-orange oil color, like a light rust color. The contrast with the very dark chips will make it more realistic.

Using a small rounded brush, paint fine and vertical lines close to the big chipping areas. Do it again randomly. Some of the satins must be longer trhan others. Make small groups and place anothers in farest areas. Take care, don't over do it!

Now, using a plain brusgh type, stump the oil color with clean turpentine. Don't add too much turpentine to the brush or you will remove all oil stains. This process need a little practice, but afer stump 5 or 6 lines, you will find that it is not too complicated.

Some examples of the finished process. This chipping method is fast and very effective, specially if we are running out of time or if we need to cover big surfaces, as a big armored train, a militrary trailer or stuff like that.

I needed 4 days to cover all my 1/16 King Tiger.... but I was happy with the result.
Thank you for read this and more techniques coming soon.

Post your comments with questions or opinions here or even adding information to help others, please.



  1. well, quite easy and simple. Thanks

  2. WOW Mig!

    This chipping looks great!

    Could you post photos in larger format? They could be used as reference on our future projects.



  3. Hi Mig,well deserved!..just a question,you write to use an acrilic paint(better if it's satin)..which is your base?!enamels?!

  4. To Dimitris: Uhmmm, very rare. I uploaded the pictures in higher resolution, but now I can see that only one picture can be watched bigger, but the rest of them still small. I still learning how to handle this blog. I will be carefully with the next ones, I promese you. But if you need the pictures with bigger size, let me know and I can send you by email.

    Ciro: I used acrylic pain for the dark chips, but the base can be enamel or acrylic, because it is not important for chipping. Of course, with a kind of enamel base (or after enamel washes or filters) the chipping phase will work better, because the effect of "oil-water"....

    Thank you all


  5. Hola Miguel, veo que como acrílicos usas las pinturas Life Color. Que opinión tienes de ellas? Pinto principalmente figuras y me interesan pinturas que pueda usar igualmente a pincel o con el aero, por el tema de poder utilizar las mismas mezclas. A ver que me puedes decir de ellas.

    Un saludo y felicidades por el blog

  6. ..... !.... Como siempre de gran utilidad

  7. Just curious, why only acrylic for chips?

    I've used enamel in the past with this technique and have had no problems. I did thin the enamel before I used it.

  8. Hola Mig
    Bienvenido de vuelta a la forma, el buen trabajo, como siempre,

  9. Mig
    I am highly impressed with this simple use of a sponge! now i have to try it on my next build.

    thanks for not keeping this stuff to yourself!

  10. Hi Mig-- Fantastic site and great article/pictures on chipping. Looking forward for to your upcoming articles.

    Your site inspired me to buy your FAQ for AFVs book (already have your FAQ for Aircrafts)... unfortunately couldn't find any online shop that still carries it. Any suggestions on retailers that still carry your book? Or plans to release the same or another book again. You definitely have a buyer for that.


  11. THANKS Mig, for the tutorials and the blog. It REALLY HELPS out a GREAT deal!! Thanks Again

  12. Thank you for sharing this execellent idea.