The Flecktarn pattern is one of the most complex in camoflague design! Only the modern "digital" camoflague is harder to work with in my not-so-humble opinion. As always with a real world reference you need to start from some decent reference material.
|Image from Trident Military|
So initially it looks like a confused mess, how to begin painting that? In the end I figured out that it was layers of printing over the palest colour. The colours all have big blotches (technical term that) and then have small dots added onto the other blotches.
I started with Vallejo Grey-Green as a basecoat, this will look very, very bright but it gets drabbed down later. Over this basecoat I painted broad stripes of Vermin Brown, Vallejo Chocolate Brown and Vallejo German Camo Black-Brown. Once all these were in place I went back and painted dots of each colour onto the opposing stripes (so Grey-green dots on the Vermin Brown, Chocolate Brown and GCBB stripes and so on). By the time this was finished I was acutely aware that there was no way that normal highlighting was going to work without blood running from my eyes. Instead I washed the whole camo scheme with Devlan Mud which drabbed down the garish finish and put shading in the creases.
Most of the backpacks also got the Flecktarn treatment, the armour and pouches though needed to be something different or the models would just become a mess. The client had asked for a symbol based on the Wolverhampton Wolves logo as the regiments badge so with the combination of "Wolf" and "German Camo" bashing around in my brain there was only one real choice. Early war German Grey. The armour was therefore basecoated in Vallejo German Grey and highlighted with increasing amounts of Fortress Grey. This gave a neutral colour to allow the camo to come to the fore.
Other pouches (and this slightly different design backpack) were painted with Vallejo US
The heads are Wargames Factory gas masked helms and look ace on these lads. The rubber fabric was painted with my usual method of Charadon Granite with a wash of Badab Black. You can also see the Wolf icon on the shoulder of this chap.
After a quick basing of urban rubble the squad was completed. I believe that this was the first test bed squad of an army so hopefully we will see more of these fine fellows soon! Until next time (which will be our 150th post!) I shall simply say: