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JD Lee07 Nov 2013 5:42 a.m. PST

What is a good match for English Khaki. I have vallejo paints but there khaki seems a bit dark or am I wrong and that should work? I am doing 1885 British Sudan.

Rich Bliss Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2013 6:32 a.m. PST

Given differences in material quality, supplier dye lots, and exposure to the elements, you have a wide range of color variation. For accuracy, you should probably use 4-5 different shades. I usually mix my own, so each of my units has a slightly different shade.

Timmo uk07 Nov 2013 6:53 a.m. PST

I'd mix your own to what you feel looks right it's what I did as there wasn't a colour straight out of the bottle that I was happy with.

Lou from BSM07 Nov 2013 7:10 a.m. PST

Ditto… newer, replacement troops would generally have darker shades of khaki (less exposure to the elements) than troops that have been in country for some time. Increased time in the filed, and exposure to the elements would yield various shades due to fading, dirt/dust/mud/sweat etc.

Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2013 8:08 a.m. PST

Courtesy of the Perry Brothers:


Khusrau07 Nov 2013 8:31 a.m. PST

I confess, the GW 'Kommando Khaki' plus various ink washes works for me.

Lee Brilleaux Fezian07 Nov 2013 9:10 a.m. PST

I used to use Polly S "Bugbear Fur" back in the olden tymes. It was the golden-shade of khaki I associate with the N.W. Frontier. Given that, the name entertained me.

SJDonovan07 Nov 2013 11:25 a.m. PST

I like the Khaki from the Miniature Paints range sold by Ral Partha Europe (mind you it is on the dark side): link


Martin Rapier08 Nov 2013 12:16 a.m. PST

Vallejo khaki is a decent match for ww2 era wool battle dress, less so for uniforms of the late 1880s which was a lighter more golden shade.

Try mixing in some yellow and/or painting it thinly over a white undercoat, which is what I did with my chaps.

JD Lee08 Nov 2013 7:46 a.m. PST

Thank you for all the tips!

spontoon08 Nov 2013 10:06 p.m. PST

That Ral Partha Khaki would be great for WWI & WWII. Too dark for Sudan or Northwest Frontier. I use a colour called " Colonial Tan" from Decorart.

Stepman315 Dec 2016 3:52 p.m. PST

I use Krylon Primer Camo Tan. It seems just about perfect…I use Army Painter dip in soft tone to bring out the detail…

Rhingyll Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2016 3:45 p.m. PST

For a cheaper paint I have used FolkArt 939 Butter Pecan.

Royston Papworth19 Dec 2016 8:27 a.m. PST

In the past I've used English Khaki as the undercoat for C19 British, with Desert Yellow as the main colour. It worked well to my eyes.

IIRC, it changes in the mid 2nd Boer War to a darker, more hardwearing material. Until then, the above should work nicely

GrenadierAZ28 Feb 2017 6:27 p.m. PST

I am a big fan of Wargames Foundry's drab triad for 19th century British khaki.

GARS190018 Dec 2017 6:47 p.m. PST

Vallejo Game Color Khaki seems to be a reasonable match to British Khaki; also, you could use Vallejo Model Color's Iraqi Sand and Dark Sand.

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