The AMMO range of acrylic paints for figures has recently been expanded to include two new sets of paints specifically designed for the late war German Eichenlaubmuster (‘Maple Leaf’) and Erbsenmuster (‘Pea Dot’) camouflage schemes, the latter of which is the subject of this review.
Opening the box reveals a set of six industry-standard 17ml. ‘eyedropper’ style bottles of high-quality acrylic paint from their Ammo line. The assumption is that the paint set would serve as a one-stop shop for producing the intricate uniform pattern that bears its name. These complex schemes have been a favorite for military figure painters and armor modelers alike.
From the Manufacturer’s Website
The M44 Dot Pattern - This set includes the colors required to paint the distinctive and complex German Erbsenmuster (‘Pea Dot’) camouflage pattern, first delivered to the Waffen-SS in 1944.
The different tones were distributed in small dots over larger color patches. The pattern was used on various garments including field jackets and trousers and was used until the end of WWII.
Included in the box are:
- AMMO. F-510 Figure Paints Uniform Sand Yellow FS-32555
- AMMO. F-533 Figure Paints Dark Brown
- AMMO. F-547 Figure Paints Pale Earth
- AMMO. F-555 Figure Paints Lime Green
- AMMO. F-556 Figure Paints Dark Green
- AMMO. F-558 Figure Paints Beige Pink
The AMMO range of acrylic paints for figures has been designed to make your painting sessions a more enjoyable experience thanks to the speed and simplicity of use. New materials for new techniques that are accessible to all modelers.
All of the colors in this series can be mixed with one another and with the full range of AMMO acrylics. This line of colors is perfect for the usual layering and blending techniques used in figure painting as well as the most recent mixed blending techniques. Formulated for maximum performance with both brush and airbrush. Water soluble, odorless, non-flammable and non-toxic.
My Experience Using These Paints
First and foremost, I attach each figure to a wooden dowel or block for better handling, and I use good quality nylon/polyester brushes to apply the paint. I thin these paints using the manufacturer’s recommendation; A.Mig 2000 Acrylic Thinner [ACRYLIC THINNER (60 mL) - Ammo of Mig Jimenez - Acrylic colors].
I prime my figures with an acrylic flat black, and then dust them from above using an acrylic flat white to create a modulated effect under the paint to follow. Before I weather my figures, I coat them with an acrylic clear gloss to protect the paint from enamel washes and oil-based dry brushing. I finish each figure with a dead-flat coat using A.Mig 2050 Ultra-Matt Lucky Varnish [ULTRA-MATT LUCKY VARNISH - Ammo of Mig Jimenez - Acrylic colors].
The one critique I have is that I could have used more instruction on which of the six colors are used for the different parts of the complex camouflage pattern – some arrows and color call-outs – that kind of thing. The artwork on the box ends up being just enough, however, with a little experimentation.
Here are the steps I used to produce the figure in the images (Figure is from the TriStar 005 ‘German Panzer Grenadiers, Vol 2 kit):
- Primer (1): Rattlecan Acrylic Flat Black
- Primer (2), from above: Rattlecan Acrylic Flat White
- Base: F-547 Pale Earth
- Light Base: F-510 Uniform Sand Yellow
- Dark Base: F-556 Dark Green
- Pea Dots: All of the above, plus F-555 Lime Green and F-558 Beige Pink
Thinning Ratio is 1 drop paint, 4 drops thinner
I clean my acrylic brushes with tap water
Cleaning up Ammo paints is a breeze. These are true acrylics and clean up with tap water just fine. I will also draw my brushes through a cleaner/preserver cake once in a while to keep the bristles supple and the points true.
I am a big fan of Ammo paints, and I have been using them for several years now. The rich pigment has excellent coverage when brushed, and can be thinned to a point of near transparency for laying down thin layers of glaze. The range of their colors, and the use of a subject-orientated naming convention greatly enhances the painting experience for military modelers.
I would like to heartily thank Ammo by Mig for providing these paints for review, and to IPMS USA for giving me the opportunity to use and review them.