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Umpapa06 Jan 2017 5:39 a.m. PST

Gentlemen (and Ladies), I desperately need Your advice.

I plan on create several 1:72 / 20 mm desert armies for (late WW1)-Interwar-early WW2: British, French, Italian, Turkey.

I already primed French (mostly French Foreign Legion and Tirauliere Senegalese) as well as British (mostly Indian) with Army Painter Colour Primer – Skeleton Bone.

I had planned on washing French with Valleyo Khaki Wash, and washing British with Soft/Strong Tone AP QuickShade. However I have not liked the results of trials.

I assume that Many FFL French will have mustard jackets (like in opening of movie "Mummy"), but other than that desert yellowish khaki is very similar to British, Italian or Turkish. Of course, it is also due to the fact, that after some time on desert every uniform looks similar.

But I would prefer help visual recognition. Since I also play pulp, there is possibility of all those armies fighting each other.

So my question is: how would You diversify tones of khaki uniforms of those 4 nations?

Which tone (hue/shade) of desert khaki should I choose to diversify them a bit?

Which uniform should be most white, which should be yellowish, brownish, blackish or greenish?

And how should I do them most easily (using AP Sprays or Quickshade)? Step-by-step if possible? I am using Valeyo paints…

Please forgive me my boldness, but You are my only hope.

Martin Rapier06 Jan 2017 6:47 a.m. PST

British KD fades very light indeed, whereas Turkish kit was somewhat darker with more of an orange hue and Italian stuff somewhere in between. French colonial troops wore proper khaki.

Of the choices presented above, I'd go with:

very pale: British
yellowish: Italian
brownish: Turkish
greenish/dark khaki: French

Umpapa06 Jan 2017 7:22 a.m. PST

Thank You for good advice! :) Seem sensible.

It would have one more bonus: since I am planning to use HaT WW1 Early British Army in orange Khaki as Mexico/SouthAmerican Federales/China Warlords/Neutral Nations (like Iran), they could easily oppose pale British and greenish French.

Pan Marek06 Jan 2017 1:24 p.m. PST

EXCEPT, in the field, all khaki fades pretty much to a light "khaki drill" color if its cotton.

If its wool clothing, it will hold its original color longer

Umpapa06 Jan 2017 1:44 p.m. PST

I concur thus I have said:

Of course, it is also due to the fact, that after some time on desert every uniform looks similar.
Good point about wool uniform.

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