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Wilsh8517 Inactive Member08 Apr 2012 12:17 p.m. PST

What the best colours to paint us marines with Vallejo paints ??? Please

Sundance08 Apr 2012 1:59 p.m. PST

What period? Pre-WWII? WWII?

Wilsh8517 Inactive Member08 Apr 2012 5:56 p.m. PST

WW1 I seen the WW2 on warlord website x

Heisler08 Apr 2012 6:24 p.m. PST

This is from my blog: "I have seen uniforms online and of course have several Osprey references and nothing really looked right. I have heard that the USMC Forest Green was quite close to the German Feldgrau so I mixed 50/50 Feldgrau with a Dark Olive. Its not as dark as I have seen it in photographs"

You can see my finished US Marines here: link

ScottS08 Apr 2012 8:45 p.m. PST

You can see my finished US Marines here: link

My Germans will be ready to fight them soon. I'm just finishing the basing…

Wilsh8517 Inactive Member09 Apr 2012 2:18 a.m. PST

What would you say for later when they took on the army uniform ???

Heisler09 Apr 2012 7:11 a.m. PST

I haven't painted any of my Marines in the Army uniform yet although I certainly intend to as Marine units would have a real mix of uniforms. Its another case of conflicting information. I have seen drawings featuring the uniforms as very brown, very close to the British uniforms and others were they are very green. I think I'm going to go somewhere in between. Use the colors for the British and add a bit of the same Dark Olive I used for the Marine uniform to give it a green cast. That project has dropped in priority and I'm not sure when I'm going to get back to it.

Wilsh8517 Inactive Member09 Apr 2012 3:14 p.m. PST

I know difficult choice lol but I have read after the change of the Uniform for AEF to be same as army and it was mostly new guys in first green so they became known as greenies.

Berlichtingen Inactive Member09 Apr 2012 10:02 p.m. PST

Forest green should work. The color is Marine Corps Green and it is still used for the modern dress green uniform

Heisler10 Apr 2012 6:51 a.m. PST

I don't see a Forest Green in the Vallejo Model Color line. Do you know the number or what line is it from?

johnnytodd Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2012 5:22 p.m. PST

If you paint them in US Army OD then they will look just like Army troops maybe accurate but you want them to stand out as Marines right?

Here's the color: link

You might have to mix your own concoction to get it right its a brownish grey with a hint of green not really khaki.

Heisler's are good – helmets could be more OD color

Heisler11 Apr 2012 10:33 a.m. PST

My plan is to create the mish mash of uniforms that the marines would end up in. This first batch in full Marine Corps uniform, others in full army uniform and then a fair sample in combinations of both uniforms. I wouldn't be doing any conversions just using colors to do this.

Geoff1 Inactive Member28 Jul 2012 7:47 p.m. PST

Hello, just saw this thread. World War One USMC uniforms really were a dark green color with a touch of dark grey. I have an original in my own collection but don't have a pic posted online anywhere to link it and show you. However, here is a link to a US Militaria website thread that has a great photo of two original WW1 USMC tunics. link The lighting in the photo shows these two tunics in pretty true colors. When the Marines initially went to France, all wore the forest green USMC issue. However, Pershing didn't want the supply chain to have to deal with different types of uniforms, so he ordered that as Marines needed to replace damaged or worn out clothing, they would be issued Army uniforms. The Marines in France never did a mass changeover to the Army uniform. It was a slow, gradual transition as one Marine at a time had to replace his worn out tunic and/or trousers. The replacements coming from the US still wore the forest green Marine issue.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2012 7:46 a.m. PST

When using original examples is there not the possibility that the uniforms could have faded or discolored over time? Especially if exposed to UV light for a period of time.

Heisler14 Nov 2012 11:20 a.m. PST

I think that link shows just how close to the German Feldgrau was to the USMC Forest Green. I have seen a variety of pictures of different USMC uniforms that show some significant variations in color and several of these were from the USMC museum itself. It really shows that if you feel your color is close based on a source you really can't be wrong. The color variations based on the same specifications but from different manufacturers during this time period can be visibly different.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2012 3:57 p.m. PST

My problem is replicating the British uniforms. Brownish green?

ScottS14 Nov 2012 10:08 p.m. PST

I base-coat with an airbrushed coat of Tamiya "Khaki Drab," then drybrush on Vallejo VP921 English Uniform, then highlight with Vallejo VP880 Khaki Gray. It gives me a nice greenish brown.

Heisler15 Nov 2012 12:33 a.m. PST

Sounds good, I only paint USMC!

ScottS16 Nov 2012 2:08 p.m. PST

Speaking of which, Heisler, my Germans are finished. We need to figure out a tome to game at some point.

ScottS16 Nov 2012 10:36 p.m. PST



Heisler17 Nov 2012 9:40 p.m. PST

Wait, that would require that I finish my Marines though! But yes we should figure out a time to get them blooded.

Heisler13 Jan 2015 11:42 a.m. PST

I have modified the formula I use for the Marine Uniform, along with a couple of variations to it. I'm using all Reaper master series paint right now:
Shade – Jungle Moss 1:1 w/ Brown Liner (or grey liner)
Base – Field Grey
Highlight – Add Misty Grey.
I like this much better.


13 Jan 2015 2:41 p.m. PST

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