24 Jan

Disc Camo tutorial by Marcus Bergolthz

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Marcus Bergholtz

Hi there.

 My name is Marcus, and im a bloke from Sweden.
Been a friend with Ignacio from WarStuft since i started up my painting a couple of years ago.
A little about me: I live in southern Sweden. Family consists of my wife, and our three sons, Gabriel, Loki and Thor.

All three have more or less some interest in the painting, so there is hope of passing it on 🙂

Anyway, my tutorial then. This is how i do disc pattern camo for 15mm wargaming.

Same technique can of course be applied to all scales.

From start to finish. my painting style may not be award winning, but im always trying to find a good balance between time and result 🙂

For more of my work check out Division 15 on facebook.

Lets start then.

Hinterhalt: The Art of Panther Camouflage

By August 1944, the Wehrmacht was mostly on the defensive.

The Allies had broken out of their Normandy beachhead while the Red Army was rampaging westward after the success of Operation Bagration.

During this change in fortune, the Allied air power proved decisive; making movement during daylight hours near impossible and menacing the trapped German forces mercilessly during the encirclement at Falaise.

It was during this time that the German tank factories were instructed to apply a new type camouflage scheme as part of the manufacturing process.

The scheme become known as Hinterhalt-Tarnung or Ambush camouflage and was designed to aid in the concealment of combat vehicles under trees and other such foliage.

The new scheme consisted of a base colour of Dunkelgelb (Dark Yellow) with random patches of Olivgrün (Olive Green) and Rotbraun (Red Brown) sprayed over the Dark Yellow base colour.

Dark Yellow spots were then added to the Olive Green and Red Brown patches. To add further contrast, spots of Olive Green were then painted on the areas where the Dark Yellow base colour could still be seen.

The contrasting spots and colours simulated perfectly the effect of the shadows and shards of light created by sunlight passing through a tree canopy. This effect could be further enhanced by the use of foliage to further breakup the outline of the vehicle.

The tank factories involved in the application of this new scheme included Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg (MAN), Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen-Hannover (MNH), Daimler-Benz, Demag, Niebelungenwerk, Skoda, Henschel and Krupp.

The new Panthers rolling off the production lines at MAN, MNH and Daimler-Benz were amongst the vehicles that received this new camouflage scheme.

There were two types of official ambush camouflage schemes applied to the Panther; the first was utilised by Daimler-Benz and was created by spraying spots of contrasting colours onto the three-colour scheme .

The Daimler-Benz Ambush Scheme

The MAN and MNH Ambush Scheme

Info obtained from Battlefront Web page

The Worklog

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From WarStuft we thank to Marcus for the magnificent work done as well as the effort that has been made in the realization of the photographs and the worklog.

Bra jobb Marcus!!!

 

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