October 19, 2010

HOW TO: Painting Fallschirmjager

Thought I would give a bit more detail on how I go about painting my Fallshirmjager. First up are the materials I use.

Its important to point out that I primarily use Games Workshop (GW) Citadel paints and not the more FOW official Vallejo model colour, although I am starting to use these. However, the majority of the colours in the Citadel range have direct equivalents (or pretty close to it) in the Vallejo range of paints.

The painting process


Wash and scrub each model in hot soapy water and remove any bad mouldings either by clipping them off or filing them. Washing is important as it removes the film that often adheres to metal models during the casting process. This frequently hides the detailing on metal models and can also prevent paint from adhering properly to the metal. It can also prevent glue from bonding properly when assembling, something I learned putting together metal models for Warmachine. To be honest though I do get impatient alot and frequently skip this process, however it is vital particularly for larger models.

I undercoat with GW Chaos Black, I have tried alternative paints off the shelf from hardware stores but I found this is by far the best one to use. It gives a nice clean even coat and a clear powdery finish that highlights all of the detailing while leaving a coat thick enough to work on. Use White undercoat if you are painting lighter colours. You may have to return after the paint has dried to recoat certain models. But as long as you get the areas the will largely on view then your OK.

Always leave them to dry overnight to ensure the undercoat has really adhered properly.

First up you need to decide what you top colours are going to be i.e., what colours will people see when they look at your model. If you want them to have a light brown uniform then you need a dark brown base coat, and that dark base to light top coat applies to every colour.

I also start by basecoating the larger areas of the model first. For 15mm Fallschirmjager this means I do the smocks and helmets before anything else. As the detailing, webbing etc, is on top of the smocks this makes sense as you have to paint the smocks before you can paint these areas. Also as I am using a lighter colour to basecoat the smocks it doesnt really matter if I get that basecoat everywhere else on the model, i.e., I brush away covering everything smocks, webbing, skin etc not really worrying about where the paint is going then do the other areas. As long as those other areas have darker colours then my smock base coat applied to them the colour wont show through.

For each of the areas of the typical Fallschirmjager figure I use the following colours.



1st Layer

2nd Layer


German Camo Beige (821)

Devlan Mud Wash

GW Bleached Bone


GW Adeptus Battlegrey

German Feldgrau (830)


GW Scorched Brown

GW Snakebite Leather

Helmets 1

GW Adeptus Battlegrey

German Feldgrau (830)

Helmets 2

German Camo Beige (821)

Devlan Mud Wash

GW Bleached Bone


GW Scorched Brown

GW Boltgun Metal

Weapon straps

GW Scorched Brown

GW Snakebite Leather


GW Dwarf Flesh

Flesh Wash

GW Dwarf & Elf Flesh

Bread bags

GW Adeptus Battlegrey

N.B. Flesh Wash is unfortunately no longer in production and cannot be purchased anywhere. My own pot is now down to its last dregs and I have yet to find a suitable replacement for it. However, you can get a reasonably similar effect by watering down very dark metallic paints and applying those (watering down A LOT).

This is vitally important. Washing helps dull down colours and give the entire model a more even look so you dont for instance get a white button standing out a country mile. It also brings out all of the detailing and provides shadowing/contrast to the model.

Washing the base coats also helps identify detailing that you often cant see through the standard Black undercoat. For example it will show up the raised areas, as the wash goes into the recesses, where the 2nd coats are applied.

Applying the Splinter Camo pattern
I used the guide on the FOW forms by Evan Allen as a starting point here then trawled the net looking at various blogs etc and the FOW forums to see examples of what other people have done. I then tried various combinations on paper first i.e., literally painting paper to see what the various schemes would look like, before settling on the colours in the table below.

I apply the 1st layer in stripes, sort of zig-zagging across the smock and helmet (those that arent getting a grey covering). Keep the lines thin (if you can, I cant always) to give your other colours enough space to fit in. The other colours go on in little dots here and there to give an even covering.


Colour Used



GW Bestial Brown

Flat Brown (984)


GW Goblin Green

Pastel Green (895)


GW Snot Green

Intermediate Green (891)


German Medium Brown (826)


Devlan Mud Wash

Mud Wash at the end only goes on after all the webbing etc has also been done, that is it gets applied to the entire model once everything has been painted. It really makes a huge difference.

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