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ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Jun 2014 8:27 a.m. PST

I did a search but found nothing. What paints do people use for US Doughboys in WWI?


Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2014 10:57 a.m. PST

I just did an image search. That and my recollections as to such lead me to say the jacket and trousers should be a light to medium olive green. The equipment, belts, shoulder straps, backpacks and such should be khaki. And the shoes should be a russet leather color. The helmet should either match the jacket and trousers or be a slightly darker olive green.
Hope this helps…

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Jun 2014 11:28 a.m. PST


Thanks for the reply, but I have several different references for what the colors would look like. I was asking what paint colors (Valejo, say) that people use to match those colors. Sorry I wasn't clearer in my post.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2014 12:37 p.m. PST

There is a doughboy statue in Scranton but it is blackened bronze with blue verdigris. Not much help I'm afraid.

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2014 2:47 p.m. PST

Hey Scott,
No problem. I would use Testor's light olive for the base color of the uniform. I know there are other paints out there. And I've switched to acrylic where possible. But it's still my go to for a good olive green.
I try to stay away from Valejo for reasons of cost. I use a lot of Apple Barrel and Folk Art paints these days.
Not sure how much this will help. But that's what I would do.

Fizzypickles Inactive Member25 Jun 2014 5:41 a.m. PST

Khaki Grey and Green Brown for uniforms.

Tan Yellow and Desert Yellow for webbing.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member26 Aug 2014 1:29 p.m. PST

The US Marines would have a distinctive tone of khaki-green to their uniforms, I'm thinking, compared to the Army.

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