Even on monotone coloured vehicles the shade of the colour is very rarely appears to be the same. Upper surfaces are usually lighter because of their exposure to sunlight while lower surfaces and areas that are shaded tend to be darker. In this phase of the painting 3 different shades of green were used to create this mottling effect. Compared to the previous base green the pictures below have far more "interest" with the subtle changes in tone. The following steps will involve the application of washes and weathering to bring out more detail.
The SU-85 tracks that come from Tamiya are the typical 1970 rubber band type tracks. They have been molded in silver (go figure). Since the T-34 family of tanks had very flat thin treads these work surprisingly well. I have a King Tiger made at about the same time with the thin tracks. Doesn't work nearly as well. These tracks were painted black like the E-100's. In fact both sets are being painted at the same time. These tracks were initially mounted on the SU-85 in 1977 and are already shaped. After 40 years they bloody well should. All in all things are progressing well.
The coat of Russian Green was applied to the vehicle and the wheels. If you look carefully you can see where the undercoat of white and black has subtly altered the green overcoat. This was done to simulate both lighting and the natural fading by the sun of upper surfaces. The next layer of colour will accentuate even more the areas of light and dark
Black has been applied to edges and crevice areas. When the base colour is applied over all the black will add depth and interest to it.
I first removed the tracks and put them aside. The vehicle was then painted in Vallejo 73.601 grey surface primer. A second primer, Vallejo 73.602 black will be applied to corners and shadow areas. This will add depth to the base paint colours when they are applied. You can see the ubiquitous log just sitting on the fender - for Lols. More later...
The Tamiya SU-85 is a senior citizen of Tamiya's 1/35 armoured fighting vehicle line of kits. It first came out in the late 60's / early 70's (correct me if I'm wrong here) as part of their T-34 series of tanks The original iterations even included a motorization kit (thankfully long gone). Despite its age the kit holds up really well. I built this kit originally in 1977 and I'm really really impressed with how good it was/is. It's accurate and well detailed although I have had to scrounge bits and pieces from elsewhere. Technically the kit is no longer in production although if you fish around on the internet, copies are still available. I'll talk about that more when I get to the T-34/76 1943 model.