Kiwi Vehicle Camouflage during WW2

During WW2 the 2 New Zealand Division adopted British camouflage patterns on their vehicles. This is one of my WW2 Painting Guides.

Dates in use Camouflage base coat Disruptive Pattern Comments
Early War – Dec 1941 For tanks:
Top: Dark Blue-Grey *
Middle: Slate ** or Green
Bottom: light stone ***

For Carriers:
Front: Dark Blue-Grey *
Back: Green or slate **
Bottom: light stone ***

* Like the Blue-Black used 1943-44
** Like a mid Blue-Grey
*** Like the Mud-Grey used 1943-44

“Caunter” camouflage scheme
Early 1941 – Oct 1943 Desert Sand N/A Gradually replaced Caunter scheme
Oct 1943 – Mar 1944 Mud-grey Blue-black Divisional Cavalry stayed in these colours until turned into infantry in Sep/Oct 1944
Apr 1944 – Dec 1944 Green Black For all except Division Cavalry
End of Apr 1944 – Dec 1944 Dark Green Brown Only for 18 Armoured Regiment
End of Jun 1944 – end of war Dark Green (Olive drab matt HA/NIV/3235 or 3145) N/A All were repainted in this scheme by Dec 1944.


Plowman, J. and Thomas, M. (2002). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Cavalry Regiment in the Mediterranean. Kiwi Armour 3.

Plowman, J. and Thomas, M. (2000). 4th New Zealand Armoured Brigade in Italy. Kiwi Armour 1.

2 comments to Kiwi Vehicle Camouflage during WW2

  • david fleck

    Sorry did not have time to chat more today busy helping to run Martins side of the table .I would like sometime in the future to run your Tobruk scenario some time.It wil have to wait until someone does Eigth army to go up against my Italians!.

    • Steven Thomas

      It was nice to meet you David. And good to meet somebody who has obviously picked force – Italian – from interest rather than game advantage.

      I’ve never played western desert war. My Tobruk scenario is the closest to it – but it is un-played. Let me know how you get on. I’m convinced western desert is do-able. The desert is not flat – at least not flat for an infantry man.



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