After doing more research into the base colour used by WG for their German desert sand base I came to the conclusion that the Vallejo Desert Tan 73.613 was the best colour match. My problem had been that I was looking at print-outs rather than the actual tanks on screen. The print-outs had darkened the colour.
I decided to add some base modulation to the desert tan so I rimmed in black the major horizontal and vertical lines in black and then overspread them with the sand leaving a very subtle darkening of those areas. It may be hard to tell this distinction from the picture. Below you will see the changes made to the E-100. Also visible is the kit's original Henschel turret which will be used as a test-bed for some of the weathering techniques that will soon be used on the E-100. Also shown are some key ingredients used in construction including copious amounts of wine.