Kreigsmarine WW II Ship Colours, Set 2
Snyder and Short Paint Chips
By: Shane Jenkins
John Snyder and Randy Short have, in a very short time, carved
out an enviable reputation in the ship modelling world providing the ship
modeller with reputable colour chips across a variety of navies and eras.
Existing samples of paints are carefully analysed, taking into account the
effects of age on the paint sample, then the paint is painstakingly remixed
until there is a perfect match for that colour. The colours are mixed so that
they match the originals under any light conditions. There is a caveat to
the colours in this set in that they are based on the limited original sources
available. However you can rest assured that all the information would have
been checked out and while there may be something in the future that sheds
new light, for now these chips are the most accurate information around.
This set gives you the following colours:
Weiss; Hellgrau; Nebelgrau; Blaugrau mittel; Blaugrau dunkel; Hellblau; Dunkel blau; Blaugrün dunkel; Steingrau; Mittel Blau; Hellgrun; Dunkelgrün; Hell Braun; Dunkel Braun; Schlickgrau; Blaugrau; Blauschwarz; Deckfarbe Braun, Persenning Farbe; Deckfarbe Grün, Chromgrün; Deckfarbe Ockergelb.
Presented on two pieces of heavy, archival quality card stock, as you can see from the pictures they are arranged in categories to make reference easy. A modeller can mix up a shade on a piece of styrene and be able to compare the two side by side, making paint matching easy. Synder and Short do make the observation that German paints emphasised durability and chemical resistance over colour fidelity, thus giving the modeller some poetic license when matching these colours to their models.
These chips are a must have if you intend modelling the Kreigsmarine
in WWII and as such are highly recommended. They not only fill the gap in
colour information but they also set the standard.
My thanks to Snyder and Short for this review sample.
Snyder and Short