Lazy painters guide to German Camouflage

By Ben

So you don’t own an airbrush?

Neither do I. So how do you get that field sprayed look?

You don’t. Not all German vehicles were so lucky to make it to an engineer’s unit. Many units were hand brushed.

Here are some historical cams that you can brush too:

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I’ve added some historical pictures to show where my designs come from.

 

The ‘graffiti cam’ on the side of the StuG’s came from the Encyclopaedia of German Tanks. The line is continuous mixing hard and soft shapes. Best to get a picture and try to follow it. Remember to choose a fine brush and keep as little space between the lines as you can.

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On the side of one of the Brummbar’s I’ve done ‘Net cam’ in green. Just draw circles and colour in between the circles.

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On the Hannomag I’ve done ‘Ribbon cam’. (I’m making up these names) It is the same principle as all the other line cams but they are bigger and the bends more gentle. So do a thin line as normal, then come back with a bigger brush. Remember that mistakes are part of the process. Don’t give up don’t try to fix them. Just move on and finish the colour you are working with. Let it dry and fix it up with the base colour.

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I’ve included an aerial view of the open fire StuG’s in green ‘line cam’. This is to show you the direction your line cam is meant to go. The concept behind it is that the tank looks like its in grass from all sides.

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To achieve this using continuous lines you have to keep them joined. The line cam panzer IV in the black and white shot shows this camouflage without joined lines. The StuH ‘301’ is in the two colour version.

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Remember come late 44′ the crews themselves were called on more and more to scrounge paint and to do their own tank’s cams. So if the colours are weak and the lines messy it’s even more accurate. Good luck with your camouflage!

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