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Sargento 100x100 Algodon08 Sep 2004 2:30 a.m. PST

My question is, which Vallejo colours is better for American Paras uniform? Is there a painting guide somewhere?
I suposse there is somewhere a threat about it, but I haven't found it, sorry.


combatpainter Fezian08 Sep 2004 2:41 a.m. PST

I will check a source and get back to you.

Tabletop Heroes08 Sep 2004 2:44 a.m. PST

You will find a guide on the SHQ website ( It's a large PDF file and lists the colours in Vallejo numbers.

SgtPerry08 Sep 2004 3:27 a.m. PST

M42 uniform 977:DesertYellow for the base colour 873:USFieldDrab for the shading 916:SandYellow with white for the highlighting Knee/Elbow patches in 889:OliveDrab

Webbing 988:Khaki Brown ink for the shading

Helmet 893:US DarkGreen with a 889:OliveDrab net

SgtPerry08 Sep 2004 3:28 a.m. PST

Result in pic :

Lord Billington Wadsworth Fezian08 Sep 2004 4:03 a.m. PST

I don't know the names of the colors - but their newest additions in the "game colors" line mimick the GW earth tones...

so you can do a "graveyard earth" basecoat for the trousers and tunic", with a "desert yellow" highlight. A "Catachan green" helmet, and then "Khaki" or "Desert yellow" webbing with a highlight. Some models don't come with knee and elbow patches, but if you want, hit them with a beasty brown and highlight with graveyard earth.

Give you a nice darker brownish color, although I have to admit, I also really like the looks SgtPerry posted too.

essayons708 Sep 2004 5:13 a.m. PST

There is also a nice painting guide on the Battlefront website (

USInfantryFan08 Sep 2004 6:33 a.m. PST

The above mentioned schemes sound good for DDay + but for Operation Market Garden and after, most were an OD Green with the M43 Jacket and Jump Pants. I plan on Using Vallejo Dark Green with Vallejo Green Grey highlighting. VFM makes a range of the late war paras and more coming. Refer to the movie... BRidge to Far for uniforms of the US Paras... Elliot Gould is a good example in the movie.


SgtPerry08 Sep 2004 6:52 a.m. PST

M42 (Yellow) for Sicily, Normandy, Provence Airborne operation
M43 (Green) for Holland, Bulge, Rhine (Varsity)

Sargento 100x100 Algodon08 Sep 2004 7:26 a.m. PST

Thanks to everybody. I have just picket the 977 Desert Yellow SgtPerry suggest. I was thinking in purchasing the rest, but I have found a sudden rise in the price, now they cost 2,25 each, almost 0,5 more than last time!! Next saturday I'll try in another shop I know that was cheaper and perhaps hasn't rise the price.

The project I try to make is a serie of scenary following the TV serie "Band of Brothers" (in Spain, Hermanos de Sangre, Blood Brothers?) in the last issue of Wargames, Soldados y Estrategia, a Spanish magazine.

Another pair of questions, where, in Spain, I could find shq miniatures? What will be suitable to use as 105 germans guns as objetive in the first scenary?

SgtPerry08 Sep 2004 7:41 a.m. PST

I designed a Brecourt scenario (for Baptism of Fire) :

In 28mm I used BTD Pak40 without modifications. They are 1/48 ones (i.e big) but I think that it's possible to modify them into 105mm leichte Feldhaubitze 18/40. I didn't have enough time for I had to finish the trenches.

in 20mm, you should find the right gun : 105mm leichte Feldhaubitze 18/40

mandt209 Sep 2004 8:57 a.m. PST


Nice little scenario. Just curious. What was your source for the map?

Luisito09 Sep 2004 9:48 a.m. PST

I use Model Master sac bomber tan As I saw in this website:

SgtPerry09 Sep 2004 10:08 a.m. PST

There's a map in George Koskimaki's 'D-DAY with the Screaming Eagles' from a drawing by Lt Winters, but there are some mistakes. In Mark Bando's 'Vanguard guard of the Crusade' there's a detailled one that matches with the actual hedgerows location (and the current ones from a french IGN map).I can add a couple of aerial pictures from 1944-1947 and a piece of a WW2 US map.

Additional information :

mandt209 Sep 2004 11:46 a.m. PST

Thanks Sarge-

That's a great site; one of the best I've seen. I did a lot of research on the engagement a couple of years back. I was able to find an aerial photo of the area around St. Marie that included the field which, I was able to identify from the map they show in BoB during the briefing. I also found a snapshot of the battlefield taken from the south looking north, but there was little else available.

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