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alan L14 Oct 2019 3:49 p.m. PST

Confused as to what deck colours should be for various navies and classes of ships in WWII, so please bear with me.

My collection is:
Royal Navy for Far East
Royal Navy for Mediterranean
Regia Marina for Mediterranean
Imperial Japanese
Royal Dutch for Far East
US Navy for Pacific

I do not intend to do camouflage for the ships which will probably all end up grey. Also, I do not really want to be period specific as I will be gaming hypothetical as well as historical scenarios.

Presumably smaller vessels had steel decks and larger had wooden or linoleum of various colours: what level would this happen?

Did all US ships have decks of a blue colour?

I was looking at Toscach deck prints and see that parts of the carrier decks were wooden and other parts steel.

Is there any good online source of info for all the above?

Suggestions for Vallejo colours would be much appreciated.

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP14 Oct 2019 6:50 p.m. PST

I suggest doing an Internet search for "Italian WW2 ships", "Japanese WW2 ships", etc., and then looking at the images found by your search engine. For example,


Then there are specialty sites like this:


Note that paint schemes changed quite a bit for most navies as the war progressed, so you may have to pick a period. If as you say you want to avoid the complexities of camouflage, then you would presumably use mostly "early war" schemes, which incidentally are those where decks were more likely to still be a natural wood color. For the American "deck blue", if you decide to use it, I would make it lighter than the sides due to fading.

Smaller ships often had a noticeable amount of linoleum-type deck coverings. For example, British DDs early war would have decks mostly in a brown linoleum-like material called corticene. Japanese DDs had a lot of a brown-red linoleum deck covering, also used on larger ships to a lesser degree (see Internet search results above). French DDs and some cruisers often had areas with a wine-red linoleum material, especially the quarterdeck. Like this:


I suggest lightening the colors up a bit, per the concept of "scale color". The rationale for "scale color" is to reflect the lesser intensity of indoor lighting, and to reflect the fact that the farther away something is, the less saturated its color appears to be.


alan L15 Oct 2019 8:47 a.m. PST

Many thanks

Father Grigori12 Nov 2019 3:20 a.m. PST

This site has a few colour pics, including a nice deck of the Kongo (it says). Probably peacetime, but it's a good guide.

Father Grigori12 Nov 2019 3:21 a.m. PST

Soory, forgot site. Here's the address.

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