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Guthroth21 May 2017 8:27 a.m. PST


What colour was the combat uniform of the DDR/NVA Infantry in the early-mid 80's ?

On line I see mostly Olive Green but the BF webpages has a definate Brown.


Vigilant21 May 2017 8:34 a.m. PST

Base grey/green with brown short streaks downwards from the ones I have seen.

Guthroth21 May 2017 11:52 a.m. PST

Further to my own question, I found this page -


Is there anything majorly wrong with the fundamentals ?

Martin Rapier21 May 2017 12:29 p.m. PST

I re-enact NVA from time to time.

The uniform certainly isn't green, but a rather tricky shade of khaki brown (with raindrop disruptive) which looks a bit green under a forest canopy.

tbh, English Uniform is close enough in 15mm.

hocklermp521 May 2017 2:22 p.m. PST

When Germany reunited they dumped all the East German uniforms and webbing on the market for practically nothing. I bought a complete set of field equipment and without a doubt it was trash. The ammo pouches were basic but sturdy. Everything else was a bad joke. The leather straps and belt were thin and light weight, reminding me of toy gun belts from when I was a child. Canteen and mess kit trash. And the DDR was supposed to be the best equipped of the Warsaw Pact forces! The uniforms and web gear I bought were all in the "rain" camo and not even close to the quality of US uniforms. The base color for the uniform was more grey green than olive with the vertical "rain" streaks in a very dark brown. All of it was so shoddy I threw it away but it was small loss because I bought all of it for a bit over USD $20. USD

Mako1121 May 2017 3:24 p.m. PST

I agree with Martin, from photos I've seen, as well as actual surplus uniforms.

Achtung Minen21 May 2017 4:01 p.m. PST

Martin's description is good. I also own three full sets of BDU's and all the webbing, pouches and kit. While the colour of the fabric did vary within a spectrum of khaki to brown based on the factory of manufacture and year, it really wasn't green (although the unreleased 1990 UTV uniform WAS actually green… the NVA just never got to wear it!). English Uniform certainly would do fine for 15mm, as would a lighter tan khaki, if you please!

Jefthing22 May 2017 12:40 p.m. PST

On 20mm I use Vallejo khaki over an English Uniform base. I held a photo at arms length and just used the best match 'from the bottle'. I used a mid-grey (can't remember which!) for the webbing, Russian Uniform for the haversack (gas mask?) and Russian Green for the helmet. I tend to use the lightest colours I can get away with for the scale effect, but it should be ok for 15s.

Hope that helps.

PS I won't advise anybody on vehicle colours because I think I've got it wrong, but it's too late to change now!

Achtung Minen22 May 2017 1:59 p.m. PST

That sounds fine, but technically gas mask bag was grey and helmet was dark grey. If it looks good though, who cares?

Jefthing22 May 2017 2:55 p.m. PST

Doh! I've got Russian Green on the brain. I did actually paint them dark grey, 994 from memory. Which is obviously not that good…

When I get some time I'll post some pictures on my wiki of all the stuff I've done. Currently working on West German vehicles to clear the backlog of unmade kits!

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