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repaint15 Apr 2017 7:13 p.m. PST

What Vallejo color would you use to paint French tanks?

I think it started to be different from US green, didn't it?

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2017 6:45 a.m. PST

For my part, I use the Vallejo Olive Gray, wash with sepia ink, Olive Gray again, highlight shades.

ScoutJock16 Apr 2017 10:51 a.m. PST

The French version of NATO 3 tone utilized a much brighter green than the US version. Vallejo NATO green surface primer is a pretty good match.

Prior to the switch to 3 tone, the French used a brownish olive green known by several different names throughout NATO; the Dutch and the Belgians called it khaki drab and the Germans called it gelb oliv. Not sure what the French called it.
Unfortunately I haven't really found a Vallejo match, at least not right out of the bottle. US olive drab is too dark and too gray, while brown violet is too brown.
Some of the newly released model air colors may be promising but I hate to go off of online color charts alone. Scale and weathering can also make the underlying base color not that important as long as you are close.
If you google AMX 30 tanks, you will get several images to use as a guide.

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2017 11:52 a.m. PST

D'oh, sorry, I was thinking WWII.

repaint17 Apr 2017 4:01 a.m. PST

Apparently, in the early 50s it was still US OD. For which lifecolors is considered a good reference.

Thanks all for your input.

RudyNelson20 Apr 2017 4:19 p.m. PST

In several excercises, a French platoon entered on the Cavalry platoons flank as reinforcement. They were wierd looking tanks and they got brewed up in every excercise but one. LOL, vehicle ID training is more than just looking at photo cards. Now with the FFID markers, that is less of an issue.

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