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JD Lee Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2017 6:58 a.m. PST

I am working on 15mm French,British and German figures with steel helmets. My question is what color should they be? Are they the same color as their uniforms? I have seen examples that look the same color as uniforms and then examples where the are different darker colors.

bsrlee22 Apr 2017 7:33 a.m. PST

French helmets, Horizon Blue, German helmets just about anything from light grey through camouflage both painted and natural, 'fledgrau' was an olive shade, very similar to British khaki green. . British helmets could vary also, depending on what the cloth cover was made from sandbag khaki, uniform green/brown, grey. For all armies 'dirt' was popular and readily available, just brush against the side of a trench.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2017 9:16 a.m. PST

As bsrlee above.

Whitejamest has some excellent examples of Peter Pig French:


The French helmet was blue-grey but a darker, metallic shade.

I believe most German helmets were field grey but also a darker, metallic shade. Towards the end of the war some/few of the storm troopers had lozenge style camouflage painted directly onto the helmet.

British helmets were an olive green, metallic shade often covered with cloth to blend in with the sandbags on the forward edge of the trench wall.

Can you tell us a little more about your 15mm WWI project?

Tony S22 Apr 2017 1:37 p.m. PST

For all armies 'dirt' was popular and readily available, just brush against the side of a trench.

Love it!

Terry3722 Apr 2017 7:07 p.m. PST

For German helmets this link should give you plenty of examples. I will warn you that some on the link are repros, and I would avoid them if possible, and go with the vintage ones. But as has been said – anything from a light gray to a green-gray to a dark gray or dark green-gray or the wonderful camouflage they used.



JD Lee Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2017 6:55 a.m. PST

It is actually an RCW project. I am using Osprey books as references. Many different uniforms on all sides.

AICUSV01 May 2017 4:35 p.m. PST

The camouflage didn't appear on the German helmets until the summer of 1918.

AICUSV11 Jun 2017 2:24 p.m. PST

For British and German helmets, I would paint them a shade darker green than the uniform. French I would keep it close to the uniform color. US I would do are little more tan than the uniform.
Over the years I have owned original helmets and uniforms for these nations and this is the general appearance that I've noticed.

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