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Painting 3 Types of German WWII Camouflage

I havenít been a real big fan of modeling WW II German armor and figures, but lately, Dragon has been churning out some outstanding kits in that subject. With there 3 and 1 armor kits and Gen 2 figures sets, one cannot stop oneself from building at least one of each.

Well, last month, David (Spooky6) came to me, asking if I would be interested in writing a Step-By-Step on painting WW II German camo. He liked my articles on painting US Military camo, and with a little hesitation, I agreed to take a stab at some German figures.

Now being that Iím not that well versed with the WW II era, this SBS is more of a beginner-to-beginner write up. With the paint guide on the instruction sheet and some good research you should be able to turn out some nice figures.

On to the figures now. like I stated above, Dragon has come out with some nice figure sets in their Gen 2 line up. I will be painting the Heer Splittermuster camo pattern on figures #2, #5, and #6 of kit #6273 Desperate Defense Korsun Pocket 1944. I will also paint the Platanenmuster (Plane Tree), and Rauchtarnmuster (Blurred Edge) camo smocks and helmet covers on figure #3 and #4 of kit #6282 Hohenstaufen Division Normandy 1944.
color palette
Construction for the figures was straight forward and Vallejo Model Colors were used to paint the figures along with oils for the skin tones.

Here is a list of the key colors I used:

Splittermuster camo smock and trousers;
  • 821 German Camo Beige WW II
  • 969 Flat Park Green
  • 888 Olive Green
  • 826 German Camo Medium Brown
  • 979 German Camo Dark Green

    Platanenmuster camo smock and helmet covers;
  • 825 German Camo Pale Brown
  • 969 Flat Park Green
  • 822 German Camo Black Brown
  • 979 German Camo Dark Green

    Rauchtarnmuster camo smock;
  • 893 Dark Green
  • 896 Extra Dark Green
  • 825 German Camo Pale Brown

    Shadows & highlights;
  • 872 Chocolate Brown
  • 845 Sunny Skin Tone
  • About the Author

    About Pete Becerra (Epi)

    I am 48 years of age. I have been modeling since I was around 8 years old. As you can see from my signature, I am retired from the US Army and Texas Army National Guard. I served 6 years in active duty from 1989 to 1995 and in 1998 I joined the Texas Army National Guard and been serving up unt...


    I like alot this article. That was needed. Thanks for sharing
    OCT 23, 2006 - 12:49 PM
    Thanks a lot, Pete. Great work. Do hope this'll tempt you into the world of WW2. And thanks, Engin, for putting all together.
    OCT 23, 2006 - 12:58 PM
    Excellent article. Thanks Pete, for this very useful sbs.
    OCT 23, 2006 - 04:43 PM
    No problem David. Stay tuned over on Armorama for an "On Display" feature with these and other figures form the set in a small diorama I did. I think it cam out ok even though it might be historacly accurate. Thanks guys for the nice comments, just giving somehting back to the community.
    OCT 23, 2006 - 05:13 PM
    You got a twoforone out of that project. Nice job epi. Straight forward explanations.
    OCT 29, 2006 - 04:45 PM
    Nice article Pete, you made it look so easy.
    OCT 29, 2006 - 05:42 PM
    Thank you very much for this feature! Very interesting and another one to bookmark Cheers Claude
    NOV 05, 2006 - 02:44 PM