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Painting 3 Types of German WWII Camouflage

painting splittermuster camo smocks and trousers
Let’s start with the Splittermuster (photo 1) pattern since it was the easiest for me. Figure #2, #5, and #6 from the Desperate Defense set is perfect for this since it was either the trousers or the smock that needed to be painted.

Step 1: Lay down a base color of 821 German Camo Beige WWII (photos 2, 3 & 4).

On the real thing, the camo patterns are geometric with straight edges instead of curves. So with that said…..

Step 2: Mix 80% 969 Flat Park Green with 20% Olive Green and lay down the first camo color (photos 5, 6 & 7).

Step 3: The brown color is 826 German Camo Medium Brown (photos 8, 9 & 10).

Step 4: Before I actually painted on the “splinters,” I went ahead and outlined the pockets and stitch lines with 872 Chocolate Brown thinned with a little bit of water. I also added Chocolate Brown to the base color with a little bit of water for the folds and creases.

Step 5: At this point, I added the “splinters” with 979 German Dark Green. This was done with the smallest brush I had and it took practice to get it just right, not to small or to big (photos 11, 12 & 13).

Step 6: Last was to add the highlights to the tops of the folds and creases. I did this by adding 845 Sunny Skin Tone to the base color (photos 14, 15 & 16).
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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