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Painting 3 Types of German WWII Camouflage

painting rauchtarnmuster (blurred edge) camo smock
The next-easiest camo was the Rauchtarnmuster (photo 17) camo smock. Here we used figure #3 from the Hohenstaufen Division set to paint the camo smock. Actually, this camo was easier to paint since it only had three colors and was sort of like painting Modern US woodland camo.

Step 1: The overall base color for the smock is 893 Dark Green (photo 18).

Step 2: The majority of the camo was this next color. 896 Extra Dark Green was laid down in medium irregular splotches (photo 19).

Step 3: 825 German Camo Pale Brown was laid down in irregular splotches like in step 2, but in fewer splotches (photo 20).

Step 4: As with the first 3 figures, Chocolate Brown was thinned and used to outline the stitches and around the pockets.

Step 5: Once again, I added Chocolate Brown to the base color thinned with water and painted all the deep shadows and creases (photo 21).

Step 6: Sunny Skin Tone was added to the base color and all the tops of the folds and creases where highlighted (photo 22).
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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