01 November 2021

Waffen-SS Eichentarn Winter Colour Guide

Well, OK. I've promised to write this Colour Guide for way too lang already. And in actual fact I already posted it on Twitter way back, but as that's not really the most well suited platform for such a thing, I thought I should finally get my finger out and post it over here as well. For posterity so to speak ;-)

Be that as it may, I've done yet another Colour Guide some of you might find useful, especially those preparing for the release of the (still) long anticipated but as of yet very much elusive "Arnhem" supplement for Chain of Command.
Todays topic is the Eichentarn camouflage (oak leaf camouflage pattern) in its winter version as used by the Waffen-SS on Zeltbahnen, camouflage smocks and helmet covers. If you're after the summer version just click here.

My painting style is based on the so-called Triad-System or Foundry System in which you use a Shade as the darkest colour. Then you paint over it using what is called a Base Colour (in general the actual colour you want to achieve for the piece you're just painting) leaving the Shade show only in the folds and recesses, followed by a Highlight on the points which will catch the most light. However, I'm using intermediate steps to make the transitions between the different colours much smoother.
Thus typically the steps I use would look somewhat like:

Shade - 50/50 mix Shade/Base - Base - 50/50 mix Base/Highlight - Highlight

In general what I'll give you in this tutorial is the three colours as if used as simple triads. If you prefer the more elaborate approach just add in the intermediate steps mentioned above, or start from an even darker Shade or end with a lighter Highlight.

If fractions in brackets are given these are just approximations. Just try what looks best to you.

Note: I haven't documented every single step for this Colour Guide, so you might want to refer to some of the guides I wrote earlier. To do so just go to the top of the page where you'll find a link to a page containing direct links to all the Colour Guides I wrote to date.

First I lay down a base coat of VMC 70.862 German Camo Medium

Amoebae pattern like splodges are painted on using VMC 70.822 German Camo Black Brown, not yet bothering with small dots. To recreate the effect of a sewn together piece the splodges stop at the garments seams.

Now I paint rough first highlights around the brown amoebae splodges using VMC 70.825 German Camo Pale Brown. This could easily be done before painting the splodges but I feel it gives the camo just that little bit more depth

A final rough highlight is then painted on using a mix of about 50/50 VMC 70.825 German Camo Pale Brown and VMC 70.819 Iraqui Sand

On top of this small dots are painted using VMC 70.822 German Camo Black Brown again. Try to paint them on just using the tip of your brush in order to make them as round as possible

Now we get to the stage where the camo scheme starts to come to life. Orange-Brown dots and splodges of various sizes are painted on top of the dark brown splodges and dots using (quel surprise) VMC 70.981 Orange Brown. Usually it's ~3-4 orange on top of one brown splodge

The orange dots now get a highlight consisting just of a tiny dot of VMC 70.981 Orange Brown mixed with VMC 70.845 Sunny Skin Tone in a 1/1 ratio

Finally the last step is adding a few little dots of VMC 70.822 German Camo Black Brown into the Orang-Brown dots.

And one thing to keep in mind is: When painting a Zeltbahn in Autumnal Oak Leaf the inner side would be in the spring version

Say "Cheese"

I hope this short guide was of use to some of you. As ever, should there be any questions or you'd want me to do a specific Colour Guide just let me know in the comments below.


  1. Fantastic tutorial!
    All your works are amazing!

  2. Great tutorial - I'll have to pop back when I get round to doing my Germans for Market Garden. :)

  3. Even when you explain it, I still find it all to be a mystery! Your skills and experience with the brush still count for a lot, and are pretty amazing to see, even step-by-step. Great stuff!

  4. Great tuto, superb painting and basing!

  5. Beautifully painted and a great tutorial too.

  6. Great tutorial again, Nick! Will be sure to revisit this if I do this camo in the future.

  7. They are real,works of art - nice tutorial

  8. Thanks for sharing ... it's great when the inner workings of such a great paint job is laid bare.