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Painting 3 Types of German WWII Camouflage

painting platanenmuster camo smocks and helmet covers
The Platanenmuster (photo 23) camo pattern was a little more complex being that the green had to be outlined and the two colors were on top of one another.

Step 1: 825 German Camo Pale Brown was used for the base color (photo 24).

Step 2: I used 969 Flat Park Green for the next color. This was laid down in irregular splotches and small to medium dots (photo 25).

Step 3: As in step 2, 822 German Camo Black Brown was laid down in the same manner (photo 26).

Step 4: Because the colors were actually on top one another, I had to go back and add the green on top of the brown and the brown on top of the green (photo 27).

Step 5: Last in the camo pattern was to outline the green with a darker green color. Here I used 825 German Camo Dark Green (photo 28).

Step 6, 7, and 8: Just like the other figures, Chocolate brown was used to outline the pockets and stitch lines. Also, Chocolate Brown and Sunny Skin Tone was added to the base color for shadows and highlights.
Im no expert on the WWII era, but with the techniques I use on my modern US figures and some good research, some nice figures can be turned out.

Now that I ventured into the dark side of WW II armor and figure painting, I hope some of you all that are hesitant will take this and go for it.
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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