HMMWV Camo Pattern

There is an actual formula to follow for the three color camo.
At some point in time, the US GOV decided that each vehicle in the US inventory should have a set camouflage pattern. Have a look online for the "TB 43-0209 COLOR, MARKING, AND CAMOUFLAGE PAINTING OF MILITARY VEHICLES, CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT" Department of the Army Technical Bulletin. It was fairly easy to find a PDF copy. This document covers almost everything from Tanks, trucks and HMMWV's to the old WWII Jeep and even weird stuff like a portable laundry unit.
The reason for each pattern is, "All military vehicles and equipment have characteristic shapes and shadows. These shapes and shadows contrast with the material surroundings and make the object stand out. Pattern painting using wavy, irregular patches of camouflage colors does much to break up the characteristic shapes of the equipment by reducing contrasts with sod and vegetation, pattern shape, and placement. Patterns have been designed for each type of vehicle to cut off sharp corners, avoid straight, vertical, and horizontal lines, and extend shadows in shapes similar to natural features and vegetation; however, the accuracy with which the CPP is applied completely determines how well the CPP camouflages the equipment."
So if you're going to make an accurate model (within limits) for modern gaming, this is one of the best things to have around.


Another sweet model from Imprint Models. I built it right "Out of the Box". The only modification I made was to cut off the gun mount post and replaced it with a tubular magnet. I'll add one to the bottom of the 50 cal and to the 40mm grenade launcher so I can switch them out. It's maybe about twice as thick as the original post, but it looks ok in 28mm scale. Also, it makes for a steady mount and lets the model be handled in the usual tabletop way. Since there is a slight give to it, it's pretty much impossible to snap off the gun. (I wish I had thought of this for all those damn heavy stubbers I put on all my Leman Russ'.)
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"All military vehicles and equipment have characteristic shapes and shadows. These shapes and shadows contrast with the material surroundings and make the object stand out. Pattern painting using wavy, irregular patches of camouflage colors does much to break up the characteristic shapes of the equipment by reducing contrasts with sod and vegetation, pattern shape, and placement. Patterns have been designed for each type of vehicle to cut off sharp corners, avoid straight, vertical, and horizontal lines, and extend shadows in shapes similar to natural features and vegetation; however, the accuracy with which the CPP is applied completely determines how well the CPP camouflages the equipment."