The Opel Blitz served in every theater of the war as a workhorse for German logistics, On a tactical level it was both used as an infantry carrier and as a platform for heavy weapons such as flak guns, which could be fitted to the truck bed. As I painted up my Italeri 1/48 scale kit, I thought it was time to dirty it up to represent the harsh conditions of the Russian roads. What better way than to try to weather a windshield?
Again, I did the mud and sand with Tamiya's weathering powders. I wanted to try to dirty up the windshield to look like mud and dirt had kicked up all over it.
For starters, I gave the windshields a coat of matte varnish. Then I cut out a bit of Tamiya's masking tape, to fit where the windshield wipers would have kept the windshield clear. Then, I took the darker mud-coloured pigments, and painted the windshield with a wet brush. The masking tape kept the pigment from covering the entire windshield. Before the pigments had time to completely dry, I pulled off the masking tape with a pair of pincers, and used a brush with just water to tidy up the windshield, and even out the pigments a bit.
In the end I like that the truck look dirtied up, and I prefer this to just leaving the windshields all clear.
After that I cleaned up the grey parts of the truck a bit, and now it's ready to deliver some Gebirgsjäger or Panzergrenadier squads to the battlefields of Stalino.
WW2 Campaign Blog
This blog follows the second Chain of Command club campaign, set in the intense fighting over Stalino in October 1941.