WW2 Painting Guide: Fallschirmjaeger

I needed a painting for my Fallschirmjaeger in a hurry – so Roland David could paint some more. So I took some snaps of my existing figures. This is one of my WW2 Painting Guides.

Steven’s Figures

I’ve got some better painted figures from ebay, a small number of well painted figures by John Mclennan, and some okay figures.

My first company (F-1) comprises, mostly, the better painted figures from ebay. I’ve mixed in a few figures from the averagely painted chaps as I needed a few panzershreks and panzerfausts.

Company F-1

Platoon F-1-1

Platoon F-1-2

Platoon F-1-3

F-1-1 PC

F-1-1 PC

F-1-1 Squad

F-1-3 Squad

F-1-3 Squad with Panzerfaust

F-1-3 Squad

F-1-3 Squad

F-1-1 Squad

F-1-1 Squad

F-1-1 Squad

Platoon F-3-1 was painted by John Mclennon.

F-3-1 Platoon

F-3-1 PC

F-3-1 PC

F-3-1 Squad

F-3-1 Squad

F-3-1 Squad

F-3-1 Squad

F-3-1 Squad

F-3-1 Squad

F-3-1 Squad

F-3-1 Suqad

Battle Front / Flames of War

The Vallejo colour schemes from Battle Front: Fallschirmjaeger Camouflage. As it happens I don’t like the way they’ve painted the figures, but the colour suggestions seem sensible.

Item  When Area Colours based on actual clothing Vallejo Paints with Colour Chart Patches
Plain olive green Smock  Early War 
886 Green Grey
Splinter pattern camouflage  (Had jagged straight edges)
(This is the Tan variation; also came with a pale greenish base)
From 1941 (before Crete) base colour 
821 German Camo Beige
Jagged patches
826 German Camo Medium Brown
Jagged patches
823 Luftwaffe Camo Green or

890 reflective green
Water pattern camouflage  (Had rounded edges): From late 1943  base colour 
874 US Tan Earth –
Blotch 
940 Saddle brown
Blotch 
890 reflective green or

823 Luftwaffe Camo Green)
Tropical Jacket
Tropical Trousers
Blue Trouser

In terms of style of painting, I actually prefer the way the camo is painted on other BattleFront pages:

This one seems to have a mix of early war and camo uniforms, which seems a bit odd.

Earthquake’s Skirmish Pages

Earthquake’s Skirmish Pages has a couple of Painting Guides for Fallschirmjaeger:

Earthquake’s guide basically says to paint an early war Fallschirmjaeger this way:

  • Undercoat black.
  • Helmet: Basecoat Tamyia Field Blue (XF-50), dry brush Coat d’arms Field Blue (518)
  • Smock: Basecoat Tamyia Black Green (XF-27), dry brush Humbrol Dark Green (30), dry brush Coat d’arms Green Grey (505),
  • rain cape: basecoat Citadel ‘Snakebite Leather’, apply Zeltbahn shapes in Coat d’arms ‘Brick Red’ and Coat d’arms ‘Military Green’.
  • Trousers Basecoat Tamyia Greman Grey (XF-63), dry brush Coat d’arms Uniform Grey (525)
  • Boots: Basecoat Cote d’arms Slate Grey (533), wash with Citadel Black Ink, drybrush Coat d’arms ‘Slate Grey’
  • Flesh: Basecoat Citadel Dwarf Flesh, shaded using Citadel Flesh Wash, dry brush Citadel Bronzed Flesh
  • webbing: Citadel Scorched Brown
  • water bottle: Main body Citadel Scorched Brown, Top Tamyia ‘Field Grey’, drybrush Coat d’arms ‘Green Grey’.
  • gas mask case and mess tin: Tamyia Field Grey (XF-65)
  • ammunition bandolier: Coat d’arms Uniform Grey (525), shaded with Black Ink, drybrushed Coat d’arms Uniform Grey (525). (Can substitute Coat d’arms ‘Slate Grey’ for the Coat d’arms Uniform Grey (525))
  • rifle: Citadel Spearstaff Brown and Tamyia Gun Metal (X-10) (or Citadel ‘Bolt Gun Metal’, wash Citadel ‘Armour Wash’.)
  • Potato Masher grenades: Handle painted Citadel ‘Snakebite Leather’; Tops
    Tamyia ‘Field Grey’, drybrushCoat d’arms ‘Green Grey’.
  • Buckles: Citadel Bolt Gun Metal
  • Eyes: Citadel Skull White.

For a late war guy, as above, except:

  • Forage cap: basecoat Tamyia ‘Field Grey’, drybrush Coat d’arms ‘Green Grey’.
  • Zeltbahn 31 pattern Camouflage Smock: basecoat Coat d’arms Pale Green, apply geometric patterns of Coat d’arms ‘Brick Red’ and Coat d’arms ‘Military Green’, coat of Tamyia ‘Smoke’, matt varnish.

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