The Colours Of War book is 88 full-colour pages. It covers everything you need to get your army ready for gaming. There is a section covering painting techniques, as well as the theory of highlighting and shading.
The content isn’t restricted to any one particular period, but it does have a late-war focus. Each of the four major nations has its own section, consisting of painting guides, colour and marking references and camouflage schemes.
The Common Features section covers painting guides for all the items which every army needs – faces, weapons, tank tracks, etc., saving space in the national sections for more specific details and information.
The paint guides themselves are broken down into manageable step-by-step tasks, with most comprising no more than around four simple steps.
Colours Of War Chevron System
Each painting step has a chevron symbol indicating its relative level of difficulty or complexity. Some have more than one level, if part of the process is optional. For example, a simple one-chevron guide might have two chevrons for the final step, indicating that you can skip it if you only want a basic finish to your army.
Of course, no painting guide can ever be all things to all people. It should go without saying that all of the suggestions in Colours Of War are open to interpretation. If you have your own ways you prefer to paint certain items, then by all means integrate those as you wish.