Paint Policy


Because JG 1 is a historically inspired cyber-squadron, our official paint schemes are pseudo-historical. We of course strive to follow authentic German examples of colors and camouflage, looking to the historical Jagdgeschwader 1 “Oesau” and I. Gruppe Jagdgeschwader 3 “Udet” for inspiration. However, liberties have been taken for both stylistic and functional reasons. 

The JG 1 Paint Policy is as follows:


Basic Standards

1.  All official JG 1 paint schemes, be they for Axis or Allied aircraft, must be approved by the Geschwaderstab before being included in an official JG 1 Paint Pack.

2.  All JG 1 pilots, who are full and active members of the squadron, are entitled to have at least one personal paint scheme added to a paint pack for every German aircraft flown by the Unit.

3.  All JG 1 paint schemes for IL-2: 1946 must be saved as a BMP image for Windows, with 8-bit depth and a size of 1024 x 1024 pixels per inch.

4.  All JG 1 paint schemes for IL-2: Cliffs of Dover or IL-2 Great Battles must be saved as a DDS file, with a size of 2048×2048 pixels per inch.  All DDS files must include an Alpha layer, which allows for realistic reflections on aircraft surfaces.

Camouflage Schemes & Colors

1.  Historical camouflage patterns are to be used as much as possible. There are three basic fighter camouflage patterns from which JG 1 gains inspiration: a “1940 Bf 109” pattern, a “1942 Bf 109” pattern and a “1943 Fw 190” pattern. All aircraft not mentioned do not have an official camouflage pattern at this time.

2.  Historical RLM color shades should be used as much as possible when choosing paint colors for an official JG 1 paint scheme. Hue, monitor and CPU variation, as well as simulated weathering and simulated wear-and-tear, should all be taken into account, however. If real RLM colors shades do not look right within either IL-2: 1946, IL-2: Cliffs of Dover or IL-2 Great Battles, other non-historical colors may be used so long as they closely resemble the historical colors. A color reference chart for specific time periods is available here.

General Markings

1.  All JG 1 aircraft are to display the Balkenkreuz (girder cross) in its historically appropriate places. JG 1 uses three styles of Balkenkreuze: an Early-war and Mid-war design (circa 1940-1941 and 1942-1943 respectively) and a Late-war design (circa 1944-1945).

2.  The Hakenkreuz (hook cross or swastika) is not to be used on any JG 1 aircraft attached to the official JG 1 Paint Pack. The use of the Hakenkreuz violates Dictum #3 of JG 1’s Dicta Jagdgeschwader (code of conduct document).

3.  As a mid-to-late war daylight fighter unit serving in Northern Europe, the historical JG 1 did not wear the theatre markings or colors common in other Gruppen (e.g. the white North African trim; the yellow Eastern Front trim). Aircraft stationed to Northern Europe did not have the need. As a result, no JG 1 fighter aircraft within the cyber-squadron is to display any type of theatre markings on their aircraft unless given permission by the Geschwaderstab.

4.  JG 1 fighter aircraft introduced between the Summer of 1940 and the Summer of 1941 may have highly visible yellow recognition markings applied to their cowlings and noses. This is to recreate the “Yellow Nosed Bastards-look” made popular during the Battle of Britain.

5.  JG 1 fighter aircraft introduced between the Summer of 1941 and 1944 should limit yellow markings to the under-cowling panels. White and red are possible alternative colors for this, although they were historically rare. Under-cowling markings were for identification and were painted on at the factory level. Often, however, these were lessened or over-painted while in the field.

6.  JG 1 fighter aircraft introduced between 1944 and 1945 should remove all under-cowling markings.

7.  All Staffel aircraft, regardless of type, must display block form Arabic numerals before the rear-third Balkenkreuz on the fuselage but aft of the cockpit. The font is called Blockschrift für Flugzeuge and must be displayed as follows: 1., 4., and 7. Staffel in white, 2., 5., and 8. Staffel in red and 3., 6., and 9. Staffel in yellow.

8.  In place of Arabic numerals, the aircraft of the Geschwaderstab and Gruppenstab may choose to carry their position appropriate chevron markings.

9.  All I. Gruppe aircraft must display no Gruppe symbol aft of the rear-third Balkenkreuz.

10.  All II. Gruppe aircraft must display a horizontal bar aft of the rear-third Balkenkreuz in the appropriate Staffel color and border. This horizontal bar is the symbol of the II. Gruppe within a Geschwader. Within IL-2: Cliffs of Dover, this marking is not necessary, as II./JG 1 will use the paint schemes and markings of its progenitor, I./JG 3.

11.  All III. Gruppe aircraft must display a vertical bar aft of the rear-third Balkenkreuz in the appropriate Staffel color and border. This vertical bar is the symbol of the III. Gruppe within a Geschwader.


Unit Markings

1.  All JG 1 aircraft, circa 1940-1943, must display their appropriate Gruppe and/or staffel markings on the foremost section of the engine cowling.  These staffel markings are on display within the JG 1 roster.

2.  All JG 1 aircraft, circa 1943-1945 must display the JG 1 “Oesau” winged ‘1’ emblem on the foremost section of the engine cowling. This emblem is to replace all previous Staffel markings.

3.  All JG 1 aircraft, circa 1944-1945, should wear the Reichsluftverteidigung (Air Defense of the Reich) rear fuselage bands of JG1. This marking is bright red, and is placed directly behind the Balkenkreuz.


Personal Markings

1.  All active JG 1 personnel are allowed to choose a personal marking, which can be placed on their aircraft. Traditionally, these markings take the form of an emblem which is placed underneath the port and / or starboard side of the cockpit. Historically, markings such as this were common in the beginning of the war when pilots had the luxury of having aircraft marked for their individual use.

2.  A pilot’s personal marking can take many different forms. They can be name tags, cartoon figures, emblems, color patterns or civic flags. It is of course preferred that these personal markings fall into the style of historical examples. Further, all personal markings must be pre-approved by the Geschwaderstab and conform with the Dicta Jagdgeschwader. As a result, no Nazi or NSDAP heraldry may be used, as this would violate Dictum #3.

3.  JG 1 personnel are not allowed to display personal victory markings, known as Abschussbalken (kill bars), on the rudder and / or tailfin of their aircraft.  The Knights Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) and higher awards, as well as “victory wreaths” emblazoned with a kill number, are also restricted.  This restriction is in place to prevent the constant updating of skins as well as stolen valor incidents.

4.  Command personnel and 50-Kill Experten may further mark their aircraft with additional personal markings which break with any default markings outlined above. These extra markings can include –but are not limited to- additional personal markings or emblems, elaborate rudder, tailfin and/or victory markings, a specialized propellor boss (spinner), and personalized recognition bands.

5.  Gaudy non-historical markings are discouraged- where possible, historical examples are to be used. For example: Erich Hartmann’s and Hermann Graf’s Bf 109G-6s, both of which sport a distinctive “tulip nose”, Wilhelm Lemke’s and Elias Kuhlein’s Bf 109G-6s, which sport “eyes” on the cowling engine bulges, or the traditional I./JG 1’s Fw 190A-5s, which all have checkered or striped cowlings.


1.  JG I’s paint policy is firmly rooted in historical inspiration.  However, in-game requirements and the need for artistic expression are taken into account.

2.  A nutshell summary of the above:

a.  All official JG 1 paint schemes should have markings befitting a daylight fighter unit serving in Northern Europe.  Exception are of course made for aircraft of foreign origin.

b.  Paint schemes should avoid gaudy non-historical markings.  While subjective to personal taste, no JG 1 paint scheme should look like a “clown car.”

c.  No JG 1 paint scheme can violate JG 1’s code of conduct document.  All hate symbols are banned.  No Nazi or NSDAP heraldry may be used, as this would violate Dictum #3.

d.  Paint schemes should attempt to match the aesthetics of the other JG 1 paint schemes already approved for use in the official JG 1 Paint Pack.

3.  All questions regarding the above rules should be directed to the Geschwaderstab.