A Colorful History: WWII German Army Painting Guide | Print |  E-mail
Written by Zach Ward   
Monday, 29 October 2007
PROBERT, also known as Zach Ward has collected a vast selection of painting guides covering several genres and periods, and is kindly allowing us to host them.

This first, and most thorough guide delves into all forms of German uniforms during World War II.

Disclaimer: Zach/Probert does not lay claim to having invented all of these lists. He has been compiling, editing, and modifying most of them for years. If you are aware of an original author of one of these lists, feel free to drop Don a line and we will get proper accreditation included in the list in question. All of us merely want to offer guides to as broad an audience as possible.


The German military in World War II varied in uniform color and vehicle paint, not only by theater of combat but also by multiple military branches within the Reich. With the possible exception of the Japanese, the German army had the largest range of uniforms and paint schemes in the course of the war.
The lists below are relatively complete, but remember that for variety you can mix and match uniforms, utilizing bits from any previous time or alternate theater. The longer the war went on, the more true this was, with commanders taking whatever replacements they could find to stem the tide of the Allied advance on both fronts. The same is true for armor, with some divisions even fielding old French tanks that were being used for training.
While it wasn't so common for Luftwaffe or Kriegspiel to serve with Waffen SS or Heer units, it did indeed happen, particularly in Africa and on the Eastern Front.
So have some fun, be creative, remember that they didn't go rip the early jackboots off all the soldiers when the legging-based boots were issued, and most vehicle camouflage was applied in the field by the troops, giving a wide variation in armor paint jobs.
Note that many of the colors given in these lists do not exactly match those in other lists (the omission of Middlestone as a Panzer color, for example). This merely gives you options when painting your army´┐Żchoose that which best suits your needs.

Unless otherwise noted, each of these paints is a Vallejo color name and color code.

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Tanks

Style YearColor Code
Russia 40-42Black Gray 862
42+ Green Ochre 914
Camo Reflective Green 890
Chocolate Brown 872
Three Color Orange Brown 981
Black 950
Desert Tan Yellow 912

Basic Uniform and Kit

Item Color Code
UniformsGerman Field Gray 830
Collar Deep Green 896
Jack bootsBlack 950
Low bootsGerman Brown Black 822
WadersField Gray 830
Webbing Black 950
OrGerman Brown Black 822
Ammo pouchesBlack 950
OrGerman Brown Black 822
OrDeck Tan 986
HaversackDeck Tan 986
Canteen German Black Brown 822
Or Mahogany Brown 846
Mess TinOlive Green 967
Gasmask CanNeutral Gray 922
Helmet German Gray 995
Reed Green UniformGerman Uniform920

Basic Uniform 1939+

Item Color Code
Tunic German uniform 920
Trousers Neutral grey 992
Webbing Black 950
Ordinance Green Yellow Olive 892
Field cap German Field Gray WWII 830
Helmet Olive Green 967
Tunic Collar Black green 980

Basic Uniform 1941+

Item Color Code
Tunic German Field Gray WWII 830
Trousers German Field Gray WWII 830
Webbing Black 950
Ordinance Green Yellow Olive 892
Field cap German Field Gray WWII 830
Helmet Olive Green 967
German Gray 995
Tunic Collar German Field Gray WWII 830

Basic Uniform 1944+

Item Color Code
Tunic Russian Uniform 924
Trousers Russian Uniform 924
Webbing Black 950
Ordinance Green Yellow Olive 892
Field cap German Field Gray WWII 830
Helmet Olive Green 967
German Gray 995
Tunic Collar Russian Uniform 924
Ammo Pouches Dark Gray 994

Uniform Variations 1944+

Item Color Code
Tunic English uniform 921
Trousers English uniform 921
Webbing Yellow ochre 913
Or Dark Gray 994
Ordinance Green Yellow ochre 913
Field cap Russian Uniform 924
Helmet Yellow ochre 913
Anklets Military Green 975

Tropical Uniform/Desert

Item Color Code
Uniform Yellow ochre 913
Or Khaki 988
Or Desert Yellow 977
Webbing Mahogany brown 846
Or Sand Yellow 916
Ordinance Yellow Dark sand 847
Field cap Yellow ochre 913
Helmet Tan Yellow 912
Boots Red Leather 818

Luftwaffe Field Division, 42+

Item Color Code
Steel Helmet German Gray 995
Or Luftwaffe Blue 816
Smock
Base Camo Green 823
Splinter Mahogany Brown 846
Pastel Green 885
Webbing/Boots Dark Gray 994
Or Black 950
Bayonet Frog Gray 994
Field Flask Black Brown 822
M38 Gas Mask CaseGerman Gray 995
Or Luftwaffe Blue 816
Gas Sheet Case Luftwaffe Blue 816
Collar patches Flat Green 968

Panzer Crew 1939-1945

Item Color Code
Field Cap Neutral Gray 992
Beret Black 950
Officer Cap German Uniform 920
Cap/Tunic/Trousers Black 950
Or Dark Gray 994
Waffenfarbe Sunset Red 802
Belt/Boots Black 950
Or Dark Gray 994
Shirt/Gloves Neutral Gray 992

Splinter Camo

Item Color Code
Base Color (pale) Pastel Green 885
Base Color (dark) Russian Uniform 924
Base Color (marsh) Buff 976
Brown Color Beige Brown 875
Green Color Luftwaffe Cam Green 823
Raindrop Color Black Green 980

Fallshrimjager

Item Color Code
Bread Bag German Gray 995
Webbing/Pouches Chocolate Brown 872
Water Bottles Chocolate Brown 872
Holsters Chocolate Brown 872
Ammo Pouch & BagDesert Yellow 977

1939-1940 Air Force Blue

Item Color Code
Helmet Luftwaffe Uniform 816
Smock Sky Gray 989
Pants/Pouches Field Blue 964

1939-1940 Plain Green

Item Color Code
Helmet German Gray 995
Smock/Helmet Cover Green Gray 886
Trousers/Pouches Field Gray 830

Crete-1945 Splinter

Item Color Code
Smock/Cover German Camo Beige- base 821
Splinter Luftwaffe Camo Green-camo 823
Flat Brown-camo 984
Trousers/PouchesFieldgrey 830
Helmets Tan Yellow 912

N. Africa and Italy Camo

Item Color Code
Smock/cover Base German Camo Beige 821
Splinter Luftwaffe Camo Green 823
Splinter Flat Brown 984
Trousers/Pouches Desert Yellow 977
Italian Camo Base Olive Gray 888
Camo Germ Camo Med Brown 826
Camo Sand Yellow 916

Zeitbahn

base German WWII Beige Camo 821
geometric pattern German Camo Med. Brown 826
Reflective Green 890
SS Collars Black 950
Extra Dark Green 896
Haversack Green Gray 886
Or Deck Tan 986
Or Iraqi Sand 819
Or Desert Yellow 977
Mess Tin/ Gasmask German Gray 995
Helmet German Gray 995
Ammo Cans Dark Yellow 978
Ammo Pouches Green Ochre 914
Map Cases Green Ochre 914
Map/Binoc Cases Dark Flesh GW
Geibersjager Anorak 66% Brown Violet 887
33% Neutral Gray 992
M39 Grenade Military Green 975
Field Flask Beige Brown 875
Or German Camo Black Brown822
Cookpot Silver 790
M38 Gasmask case Dark Green 896
Gas Cape Military Green 975
Or Green Gray 886
Spade Holder Dark Gray 994
Or Black 950
Scabbard Black 950

Camo Patterns

Splinter

Item Color Code
Base Color Germ Camo Beige 821
geometric splotch Germ Camo Med Brown 826
Luftwaffe Camo Green 823
rain dashes German Camo Extra Dark Green 896
Or
Base Color Pastel Green - lighter camo 885
Russian Uniform - darker camo 924
Buff for marsh pattern 976
Add the following in the classic splinter pattern
Beige Brown 875
Luft Camo Green 823
rain dashes German Camo Extra Dark Green 896

Oak Leaf Camouflage

Item Color Code
Base German Pale Camo Brown 825
splotch & dots Desert Yellow 977
inside splotch/dot German Camo Bright Green 833
Base German Camo Pale Brown 825
splotch and dot Black Gray 862
inside splotch /dot Medium Olive 850

Plane Tree Camouflage

Item Color Code
Base German Camo Bright Green 833
splotches Germ Camo Med Brown 826
inside splotch/dot German Camo Extra Dark Green 896
Or
Base German Camo Pale Brown 825
dark spots German Camo Black Brown 822
light spots Golden Olive 857
dark green fields Germ Camo Bright Green 833

Pea Dot Camouflage

Item Color Code
Base Salmon Rose 835
Patches of Khaki 988
Germ Camo Pale Brown 825
German Camo Black Brown 822
German Camo Bright Green 833
Or
Base Tan Yellow 912
patches of German Pale Camo Brown 825
Salmon Rose 835
dots German Camo Black Brown 822
German Camo Bright Green 833
Salmon Rose 835

Palm Camouflage

Item Color Code
Base Light Brown 929
+ German Orange 805
Patches of German Black Brown 822
German Bright Green 833
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