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GARS190004 Feb 2016 7:29 p.m. PST

During WW1, I've heard that the French Foreign Legion went through a variety of uniforms, starting with the red and blues of 1914, then going to horizon blue briefly, and then wearing a khaki uniform from 1915 onwards. I'm familiar with proper paints to be used for the first two uniforms, but the khaki color mystifies me. From what I can tell, it seems to be a mustard color with a hint of green. Can anybody guide me onto what vallejo paints I can possibly use to recreate this color?

This is the only pic I could really find


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Personal logo Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2016 7:54 p.m. PST

Are the uniforms factory fresh? How long have they been worn in bright sunlight? Have they been laundered frequently?

The answers to those sorts of questions can give you a broad dpectrum of colours. I recall once discussing the color of "field grey" in relation to WWII german uniforms, and in practice said uniforms ranged from lighter grey through the grey-green we associate with the colour, to a medium brown. Origin of manufacture, weather conditions, and length of service can all add variables to the actual uniform colour.

In your particular case, I would go with Vallejo 70923 Japan Uniform WWII.

Sundance06 Feb 2016 8:24 p.m. PST

The Japan Uniform color is kind of yellow green – while it's pretty close to this figure, it's too yellow for French uniforms generally. For the French uniforms you want Green-Brown, which is pretty close to standard French uniforms.

Supercilius Maximus19 Feb 2016 2:53 a.m. PST

FWIW, "moutarde" (mustard) was in fact the French name for this colour, which was worn by Colonial troops as well as the FFL.

spontoon17 Apr 2016 9:59 a.m. PST

Of course, German WWII "feldgrau" is not really Feldgrau, but the old "Jagergrun".

So, Green-brown for French Foreign Legion uniforms? Similar to WWII French uniform?

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