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12 Apr 2012 6:17 p.m. PST
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GrandKenyon8404 Apr 2012 3:01 a.m. PST

Hi there, I play WW2 at both 15mm and 28mm and I have painted both Soviet and British forces, however it is now time for me to do my Germans and I really like the tricolour german patterns on veichles which has Middlestone as its base colour with green and brown added. I have no idea about how to paint these schemes, (I do not own an airbrush) Any advice or tips on how to paint these schemes at both or either scales would be greatly appreciated.

MajorB Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2012 3:42 a.m. PST

1. Apply the dunkelgelb all over the vehicle.
2. Apply iregular patches of brown
3. Apply irregular patches of green

You may find images here useful as a reference:

Sundance Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2012 4:33 a.m. PST

For 15s, I use an old, thick brush and use a drybrush technique, where you wipe off some or most of the paint, then dab the paint on the vehicle. you can get the shapes you want with a soft edge to it. I also use a slightly greyish green, which also gives it a softer look.

Personal logo Martin Rapier Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2012 5:03 a.m. PST

If you want an 'airbrushed' look, then use a stippling brush. Just take a normal paintbrush and cut about half the lenght of the bristles off. You can then stab the paint onto the model.

It is probably easier to just paint on hard edged camp schemes though. I would try and base them on photographs though.

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2012 5:59 a.m. PST

Whoa! "camp" schemes? Conjures up images of a different colour palette…..:)

Derek H04 Apr 2012 7:33 a.m. PST


Samulus Inactive Member04 Apr 2012 8:51 a.m. PST

I'm doing something similar soon and wondered what vallejo shades people would use for the green and (reddish)brown? (I'm using green ochre for the dunkgelb)

MajorB Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2012 12:25 p.m. PST

@Derek H: Nice, but that one's Russian not German.

cbaxter Inactive Member04 Apr 2012 1:05 p.m. PST

its a looted tank. first used by the russians then captured by the germans. its a decoy pink panther.

Lion in the Stars Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2012 6:35 p.m. PST

IIRC, I used Green Ochre (might have been Middlestone), Reflective Green (890), and … … almost certainly Chocolate Brown (872).

I painted the King Tiger dunkelgelb, damp-brushed the two camo colors for the big patches, and then stippled the entire model with all 3 colors (dunkelgelb, green, and brown). Then washed it with a sepia ink wash (thinned about 1:5 ink:water) to add some shadows to the zimmermit, drybrushed with the base colors to bring out the highlights again.

The spots are too big for scale, but that is disturbingly good camo. My King Tiger has disappeared on the table before!

John B05 Apr 2012 6:15 p.m. PST

For my German late war vehicles, I use Vallejo Middlestone (882) with Flat Brown (984) and Reflective Green (890). You can see a 15 mm Panzer IV with this color scheme on my blog.


I'm also painting Fallshirmjagers in splinter camo. For that I use Vallejo German Camo Beige (821), German Camo Medium Brown (826) and Luftwaffe Camo Green (823). Photos can be seen at the following link:


John B.

Attila The Hun Inactive Member05 Apr 2012 7:19 p.m. PST

I use the Battlefront FOW paint set:
GPS02 German Armour Paint Set
The paints are made by Vallejo.

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