Disc camouflage is a complex camouflage scheme. Those working with 1/35 scale models have the luxury of commercially produced stencils and decal transfers to more easily recreate this look. Unfortunately for 15mm these products are not currently available. Here are a few images of disc camouflage in period photographs.
|Image from Archer Transfers, who make a set of decals of this pattern for 1/35 scale models.|
|Image from Flames of War's Hinterhalt series.|
|From Flames of War's Hinterhalt part 4.|
Another method I tried (that I have not shown on this blog yet) involved painting a tricolour camouflage pattern and then covering the entire model in tiny foam dots. The time it would take to cover an entire model makes this method ridiculous for anything but a one-off display piece. It took me around an hour (or maybe more!) to simply cover this tiny piece of schurzen with the dots and a lot of time to remove the things afterwards.
|And they didn't come off cleanly...|
|I made the template by spraying one stencil through it and then cutting the holes between the dots.|
So, after all of this we are left with five different methods for attempting to recreate the disc camouflage pattern in 15mm scale. I am not sure that any of these methods perfectly recreate the intended effect. My personal thoughts are that the final method probably comes the closest. I like my polka dot panther but I don't think that it really recreates the overall look I was going for. The dots are too dominant.
I would like to hear which methods you think look the best and are reasonable to recreate across an entire model. Do you have others ideas for better ways to recreate this look? Have you tried to paint disc camouflage at this scale (if so, please share a link to your pictures!). I'm really interested to hear what everyone has to say. More input and research and practice can possibly help us to find a method or technique that will allow us to recreate this interesting pattern at this scale. Thanks for visiting and thank you to everyone who took the time to give both positive and negative comments on my previous tests and models. I will look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments!
Tutorials for painting German camouflage: