The Simple(ton) Guide to…Painting Spring or Autumn Leaf Camo

August 25, 2017

One of the stand out features of the Late War German army is its use, and variation, of camouflaged uniforms; and for me, by extension, this means in Konflikt ’47 too. The use of Splittermuster, Eichenlaubmuster, Leibermuster can make your infantry look amazing but trying to recreate the patterns designed by Johann Georg Otto Schick can be a little intimidating (Erbsenmuster "pea dot" is an absolute ****).

 

So having tackled a large SS force for Normandy for Flames of War I thought I’d share the simple process that I use to recreate these iconic camouflage schemes.

First up the paints. I use the old Flames of War SS paint set as I had that knocking around still but I’ve found what the new Colours of War range of paint equivalents are below as well as Vallejo and GW paint alternatives.

 

Throughout this post I will be referring to the paints I used so if you plan to use Vallejo or GW paint then you may need to keep referring the table below.

 

Paints used from the Flames of War SS Paint Set

Camo Pale Brown

Camo Black Brown

Light Brown

Camo Dark Green

Camo Bright Green

 

New Colours of War Equivalent

FWP384 Tan Leather

FWP320 Grease Brown

FWP360 Rust Orange

FWP340 Heer Green

FWP344 Jager Green

 

Vallejo Equivalent

Vallejo Model Color 825 German Cam Pale Brown

Vallejo Model Color 822 German Cam Black Brown

Vallejo Model Color 929 Light Brown

Vallejo Model Color 979 German Cam Dark Green

Vallejo Model Color 833 German Cam Bright Green

 

GW Equivalent

50/50 Scorched Brown and Bleached Bone

Scorched Brown

Cadian Fleshtone

66/33 Catachan Green and Black

50/50 Cammo and Catachan Greens

 

Step 1 – Undercoat

We live in fortunate times – when I were a lad we had white and black spray undercoat from GW and that was all we knew! Now there are a myriad of different coloured primers but I like to use this high end product on my K47 minis:

 

 

 

Step 2 – Base Coat

So models undercoated and paints lined up(ish) we start with a nice block of colour over all the areas you want to paint your camouflage using the Camo Pale Brown. 

 

 

Step 3 – Autumn Colour

 

The base colours you are going to use here are Camo Black Brown (middle image) and Light Brown (right hand image).  Take the Black Brown and paint on to your base colour random shapes, blobs and dots – this is where you can get creative!

 

Once dry carefully paint over the Camo Black Brown shapes with Light Brown leaving a thin area of Camo Black Brown around the edge.

 

 

Step 4 – The Wash

Next give the whole area a nice coat of the wonderful GW shade - Seraphim Sepia. This gives you a really nice shading and is light enough not to greatly affect the pigments that you are washing it over.

 

 

Step 5 – Extras

You can just finish up there but I recommend going back and just using Camo Pale Brown to highlight the raised areas of the base colour and doing the same with the Light Brown to add some variation and depth.

Step 6 – Spring Variations

The Spring variation of the Oak leaf camo is just as straight forward as the Autumn camo; simply use Camo Dark Green and Camo Light Green instead of the Camo Black Brown and Light Brown. Simples.

 

 

Step 7 – The End

So that wraps up my simple(tons) guide to the intricacies of the German Oak leaf camo – hopefully I’ll be back with another soon(ish) and if there is anything you’d like to see let The Boss know and we’ll see if we can’t sort it out.

Until next time may your MG42 fire true and never jam!

 

Dunc

 

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