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How to paint a NATO truck

How to paint a NATO truck


With the model complete, the painting begins. All painting is best begun by first applying a layer of primer to prepare the surfaces. Due to the dark nature of the NATO camouflage pattern, the black colored primer from AMMO (A.MIG-2005) is a good choice as it serves both as a primer and a pre-shade color.

The overall green vehicle color is airbrushed onto the model using the NATO Green color (A.MIG-084). In this case I am using the paint directly from the bottle; however, you may prefer to use A.MIG-2000 Acrylic Thinner to thin your paints.


Using reference photos, the NATO camouflage pattern is lightly outlined onto the model, this serves as a masking and painting template.


The color boundaries of the NATO camouflage are typically a “hard/soft” edge; meaning that the edge is airbrushed but the pattern is very tight. One way to create this type of color boundary is to use a mask from Blu Tack or other type of masking putty. The child’s toy, “Silly Putty” is another good option as it easily available and inexpensive – simply roll small “snakes” and apply along the penciled pattern.


I first applied the NATO Brown color (A.MIG-085) to the proper areas using my airbrush. Once the brown color has dried, the Silly Putty masks are re-positioned and the Black color (A.MIG-046) is applied.

An overall view of the NATO camouflage pattern with the masking removed. The model is now ready for weathering!

NATO Camouflage Wash (A.MIG-1008) is used to add definition to the surfaces. The dark color of this Wash is ideal for creating shadows on dark surfaces such as this NATO pattern.



AMMO Light Dust and Earth Effects (diluted using Odourless thinner) are washed onto the horizontal surfaces. Thinning allows the Washes to accumulate around the surface details creating a convincing dusty appearance.


 Heavier accumulates and splatters are created by blowing air over a brush loaded with Dust and Earth colored Effects onto the lower chassis of the vehicle.


The same Light Dust and Earth Effects are loaded into the airbrush and lightly sprayed onto the vertical surfaces to simulate dusty accumulations. It is advised that you use restraint when applying dust as to retain contrast between the clean areas and the lighter, dusty accumulations.


After allowing for the spayed dust areas to dry for approximately 10 minutes, a clean brush moistened with thinner is drawn downward. This process removes some of the sprayed on dust effects, creating contrast between lighter and heavier accumulations and provides realistic rainmarks.



 Dusty accumulations created in the truck bed by applying liberal amounts of pigments onto the surface.


The pigments are moistened using Odourless Thinner and then spread over the entire surface.


This is a similar process as was used on the roof of the truck.  Once dried, the pigments create a convincing dusty appearance overall. Once fully dry, the pigments can be adjusted using a dry, stiff brush to remove unwanted areas.


By Rick Lawler

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Post By Marcos Mañas   |   Fri, 11 Sep 2015
*Buenas! Gracias por el artículo, me ha resuelto muchas dudas pero en este caso no se hace modulación previa, ¿tiene sentido hacerlo para camos tan oscuros como el de la OTAN? En caso de hacerlo tendría sentido con la técnica del blanco y negro, o simplemente se podría hacer al dar la capa de verde oliva base?\r\n\r\nUn saludo!*
Post By Arthur   |   Fri, 10 Oct 2014
*Thanks for this great guide. It makes me finally clear how to apply those weathering effects.*
Post By Luis Burneo   |   Sat, 23 Aug 2014
*Gracias por publicar este post.. me ayudó mucho para envejecer un HMMWV M998 con colores OTAN.. Felicitaciones.*