Illustrated Weathering Guide to WWII Late War German Vehicles | Armorama

A book review by Georg Eyerman (aka The Great Pumpkin).


This is partial text from the full article (usually with photos) at https://armorama.com/news/illustrated-weathering-guide-to-wwii-late-war-german-vehicles

The book seems very nice, but I agree with the reviewer that the schemes might be a bit suspect and I tend to not trust ‘artist renditions’ anyway. As far as the comment about the Germans and paint chemistry, the Germans were actually known for their formulations and set many of the standards for paint in Europe.

Mig and gang are talented, but they are more artists and their thing is throwing every technique in their paint arsenal at a kit rather than creating historically accurate depictions. They set their dials to 11.

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What @brekinapez said. I will reserve judgment on the book until I see it. The lack of actual WW2 reference photographs automatically casts doubt on the historical accuracy of paint schemes.

Thanks Georg, very interesting review. It is a pity that there are not many ring binding books like this, I find them really useful for guides that may rest on your workbench.
Although they are not as elegant, they lay flat, occupy less space and I bet will last longer. For me this is the perfect binding for a working guide.

I completely agree on your comments about weathering and specifically chipping, and think the same also about extreme modulation or weird color shades…

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First-off I appreciate “work” books like this with their spiral spines as they are great to have sit next to your spray booth as you paint, ready for a quick peek consult. That said I’ve got to completely agree with the comment about the MIG group: they are talented artists and amazing entrepreneurs and the hobby is better that they are marketing their exhaustive line. That being said I too often wonder about the accuracy of many of the schemes proposed and accepted as Gospel. I remember reading a letter to the editor in a modelling mag back in the early 1970s that stuck in my mind. The article was purportedly written by two former German WW2 tankers who liked the artistic efforts many put into painting German tank camo schemes but thought the efforts wasted as they never saw those fancy paint schemes in the field where mud and dust completely coated their tanks making the “pretty” camo schemes unlikely as we now portray them. Still, they did say that they found them interesting and if only they had had the time and materials to paint their tanks that way…

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There was also a series of interviews of a Tiger crewman who stated that they hardly whitewashed their vehicles in winter as they never had enough whitewash for all the tanks.