Paint Mixing Charts

On this page you find the orientation and mixing tables for the SDW Shading Colors

Mixing paints

Several shades of color, the most requested, are available ready-made. In the tables you will find the reference to their code. Others are obtained by mixing, made easy with the dropper bottles. When you find the reference to color parts, you simply do it in drops.

Color shades

For a design choice, specific paints for afv's into the SDW Shading Colors range - p.ex. ral 7028 dunkelgelb, olive drab, russian green - have a more intense / darker shade, instead of being arbitrarily reduced-to-scale.

Here why :

  • first of all the model may require, or you might like, a more intense color shade
  • second, it is easier to enhance the three-dimensionality with lights and shades (a technique that others call modulation ...) having intense tones available from the start
  • third, in case of common error, for example excessive lightening of the high areas, it is easier to recover with a glaze of the base color + Glossy Additive

In case of "normal" painting (without preshading / postshading), you can add to colors and mixtures TESC02 White or TESC16 naples yellow (the latter also contained in Paint Variation & Weathering Set TESE23).

It is valid also for the paint mixes suggested below.

Exact colors

Mainly speaking about the Second World War. Due to production tolerances, application methods, the variety found even in color images and the differences found on surviving vehicles and equipment, even in the presence of "official specifications" it is shown that uniformity and "exact colors" are very relative.

The mixtures you find below are therefore simply the easiest and most consistent according to our research on historical finds, and on the raw materials available to producers in wartime.

Variants

The color tones contained in the Paint Variation & Weathering Set TESE23 are useful to easily create harmonic variants of a single color, or of colors to be joined together into a composition.

PanzerWaffe WWII

Colori Europa

 PAINT NAME / OFFICIAL CODE  SDW Shading Colors paint code  Note : colors 43 to 45 are laso containde into the German Camo Set 43-45 TESE18
 ral 7021 DunkelGrau  TESC25  Base paint since 1939
 SchokoladeBraun  TESC26  Complementary color 1939-40

 ral 7028 DunkelGelb 1

 TESC20

 Base paint since springtime 1943, earliest type. Just available into the German Camo Set 43-45 TESE18

 ral 7028 Dunkelgelb 2  TESC21  Base paint since springtime 1943, most widespread variant
 ral 8017 RotBraun  TESC23  Complementary paint since springtime 1943
 ral 6003 OliveGruen
 TESC24  Complementary paint since springtime 1943, sometime as base color since end 1944
 ral 3009 MiniumRot  TESC39  Minium base coat under paints, sometimes as base paint since 1945

African front, Balkans, southern Russia

 PAINT NAME / OFFICIAL CODE  SDW Shading Colors paint code  Note : all colore of this section are also containde into the Afrika Korps Set TESE11
 ral 7021 DunkelGrau  TESC25  Earliest afv's in 1941
 ral 8000 GelbBraun o GruenBraun  TESC27  Base color since springtime 1941

 ral 7008 GrauGruen

 TESC28  Complementary color since springtime 1941, sometimes as base color
 ral 8020 SandBraun  TESC19  Base color since springtime 1942
 ral 7027 Grau  TESC29  Complementary color since springtime 1942

 

Regno Unito - mezzi corazzati e veicoli WWII

Francia - Belgio 1940

PAINT NAME / OFFICIAL CODE  SDW Shading Colors paint code  Note
 Bronze Green  TESC30 + a bit of  TESC35 o TESC32  
 Deep Bronze Green n.24  TESC37 + 31 + 01  Variant to be used together with Khaki Green
 Khaki Green n.3  TESC37 + 31  

 Nord Africa

PAINT NAME / OFFICIAL CODE  SDW Shading Colors paint code  Note
 BSC61 Light Stone  TESC17 or TESC33  or TESC19 + 62
 BSC64 Portland Stone  TESC16  x 3 + 18 x 1  or TESC33 + 42
 Desert Pink  TESC19 + 62  
 BSC28 Silver Grey  TESC36 + 16  o TESC44  Caunter Scheme
 BSC34 Slate  TESC36 + 01  Caunter Scheme
 Deep Bronze Green n.24  TESC37 + 31 + 01  Distruptive Scheme
 BSC49 Purple Brown  TESC26  Distruptive Scheme
 Bianco  TESC02   Edges Distruptive Scheme
 Nero  TESC01  Edges Distruptive Scheme

Italia

PAINT NAME / OFFCIAL CODE SDW Shading Colors paint code  Note
 Light Mud  TESC33 + 18  
 BSC61 Light Stone  TESC17 or TESC33  
 SCC14 BlueBlack  TESC25 or TESC01 + 43  

Normandy, Belgium, Germany 1944-45

PAINT NAME / OFFCIAL CODE SDW Shading Colors paint code  Note
 Deep Bronze Green n.24  TESC37 + 31 + 01  
 Olive Drab  TESC30  Variants mixing with paints contained into the Paint Variance Set TESE23

RUSSIA - AFV's WWII

 

PAINT NAME / OFFICIAL CODE SDW Shading Colors paint code  Note
 4BO green  TESC37  Variants mixing with paints contained into the Paint Variance Set TESE23

 6K brown

 TESC34 or 34 + 35 o 34+32  
 7K yellow earth  TESC33 or 33+35  

USA - AFV's WWII

 Europe

PAINT NAME / OFFCIAL CODE SDW Shading Colors paint code  Note
 Olive Drab  TESC30 Variants mixing with paints contained into the Paint Variance Set TESE23
 Nero  TESC01 Complementary paint Normandy, maybe desaturated with TESC34
 Earth Yellow  TESC33 or 33 + 31  Complementary paint Italian front

 Pacific front - US Marines

PAINT NAME / OFFCIAL CODE  Codice SDW Shading Colors  Note
 Olive Drab  TESC30 Variants mixing with paints contained into the Paint Variance Set TESE23
 Sand  TESC33  Complementary paint
 Earth Red  TESC23 o 23+34  Complementary paint

 Black

 TESC01

 Complementary paint, maybe desaturated with TESC34

Italy - AFV's WWII

 

PAINT NAME / OFFICIAL CODE SDW Shading Colors paint code  Note
 Giallo Sabbia  TESC21 + 27
 Giallo Sabbia chiaro add TESC16 to the previous
 GrigioVerde  TESC36 + 28
 Verde Oliva  TESC24 or 24 + 30  

 Marrone

 TESC23 + 32

 

 

USA - m.e.r.d.c. camouflage 

NATO - AFV's

 

PAINT NAME / OFFICIAL CODE SDW Shading Colors paint code  Note 
 NATO Green  TESC30 x2 + TESC37 x 1  
 NATO Brown  TESC32 or TESC32 + 34  For a more reddish tone add TESC23
 NATO Black  TESC01 Desaturate adding a little amount of both previous paint mixes

RAF - FAA wwII

 PAINT NAME / OFFICIAL CODE SDW Shading Colors code  Note 
 Dark Green  TESC24 + 30  
 Dark Earth  TESC35 + 32 + 16  
 Light Earth TESC35 + 16   
 Light Stone TESC33 + 42  or warm hue with TESC17 + a touch of 31
 Ocean Grey TESC25 + 02   
 Dark Sea Grey TESC25 + 43 + 18   Fleet Air Arm
 Dark Slate Grey TESC37 + a touch of 61   Fleet Air Arm
 Sky grey  TESC42  
 Sky Type S TESC42 + a touch of 37   
 Azure Blue TESC37 + a touch of 43   
 PRU Blue TESC43 + a touch of 18   
Interior Green TESC36