It really is rather simple to achieve so I thought I would share with you how I do it, in a step by step format. Hopefully I may inspire a few budding German commanders out there to give it a go...
I'll demonstrate it on a platoon of 3 Panzer II L 'Luchs', but it will work just as well on any German vehicles.
First up assemble your models! Obvious really or you will have nothing to paint!
But main things to remember, do break out those needle files and get rid of excess metal and resin flash, and mould lines. I assemble my vehicles using superglue and a superglue accelerator spray.
A quick point about spraying vehicles that are not on a cast resin base... do it in two stages... spray the top, let it dry then turn it over and spray the bottom. Likewise with the turret, do these separate to the chassis, assuming you have ones that come off!
Once the spray is dry, touch up any areas the spray has missed with a little slightly thinned black paint.
|Black spray undercoated|
|Base sprayed 'Dunkelgelb'|
Next I paint the tracks, in dark red/brown ( I use GWs Dark Flesh)
|Tracks base painted|
Next up I start adding the camo pattern. No I don't use an airbrush! Just regular paint and brush...
Again I use the GW Dark Flesh for the brown and Vallejo 823 Luftwaffe Green for the green.
Now at this point you really can do what the heck you like - stripes; broad or narrow, spots; big or small, a mixture of both, anything goes...
|Brown Camo pattern painted|
|Green Camo pattern pained|
|Shading wash with 'magic wash'.|
Again once dry, now go over the whole model with a dry brush of Middlestone. I try and avoid hitting the tracks excessively but you will catch the edges no doubt, don't worry. Keep dry brushing until you have a nice blended look to the vehicle. The dunkelgelb will have brightened up, and the brown and green will have a sort of patchy. dirty almost translucent kinda look to it.
Tricks to dry brushing vehicles - use a big broad soft brush, and load a dry brush with the paint (don't wet the bristles first as you do during regular painting), before rubbing off excess on a tissue. Use quick light strokes back and forth with the brush, and as you use up paint on the brush you can slightly increase pressure and also can use a stippling effect with tip of brush (stabbing brush end downwards onto model), useful to get to areas where a swing of the brush can't reach...
|Drybrushed with vallejo Middlestone|
I now fix up those tracks where they have got caught by the yellow dry brushing, by heavily drybrushing them with mid brown for a nice dirty. dusty look.
|Tracks drybrushed brown, details painted in dark brown|
|Exhaust painted dark brown|
Once dry, give a light wash again of the 'magic wash', just to give them a little shade. Same goes for the commander, and any other passenger/crew figures your model may have. I then pick out the flesh tones again for a bit of highlight, and retouch up regular German uniform colour. With the black tank crew uniform this isn't really necessary.
|Wash details with 'magic wash'|
And that's pretty much the painting done, just add decals to finish.
To add decals, I first add a thin layer of polyurethane gloss varnish to the site the decal is to go. This gives a smooth surface for decal to adhere to and minimizes air being trapped under decal which can lead to 'silvering' Once dry add your waterslide decal. Position, and blot off excess water with a tissue or dry brush. Try to squeeze the water out from under the decal using a rolling action of brush across top of decal. Leave to dry.
Once dry, give a light brushing with Decal softener. This helps flatten the decal into place and can dissolve away the silvery grey film-like edge to decal. Go easy... too much softener and you can wreck the decal!
Again once dry, I go over with another layer of Polyurethane gloss varnish to seal it into place. Again do this with a very light coat as decal may be a little soft from the decal softener. At same time varnish rest of vehicle with the varnish. After all that effort you want to protect your paintwork.
Again, top and bottom at a time.
And finally, as I can't stand that shiny gloss look on model soldiers, now go over with a brush on matt varnish. I use Vallejo Matt AcrylicVarnish. It takes some nerve to use, as its like painting your model with thin PVA glue, but spread it thinly and evenly and allow to dry, and you'll have a perfect matt model.
Excellent work, your troops are ready for the table top! Give 'em hell!