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repaint11 Aug 2017 4:06 a.m. PST

Here is a pic of… my French Indochina support troops. I am working on them but I was wondering whether the color of the uniform would work for US troop during the Vietnam war period?


too light?

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2017 6:14 a.m. PST

I don't think the color is too light. As a REMF, mine were darker, but out in the field they faded a lot.

I have to hesitate about the helmet covers. Probably close enough but the size of the leaves on the shirtless figure on your left at first made me think of the early duck hunter pattern. But the kneeling figure beside him looks good.

Nice work.


Legion 411 Aug 2017 6:53 a.m. PST

Great work ! And yes, the Jungle Fatigues we were issued in the late '70s- early '80s. They faded to a "chalky light pea green" is the best way I can think to describe it. By that time I don't remember any of them being "brand new(?)" from the package, etc., either.

So I'd think your color is pretty close. E.g. some of our standard fatigues would fade to different colors too. The shirt would not match the color of the trousers.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2017 10:04 a.m. PST

Yeah field pants were lighter than the pickle suit. But yeah they faded to this color quickly.

Legion 411 Aug 2017 3:14 p.m. PST

I have not heard "pickle suit" in a long time ! LOL ! thumbs up old fart

repaint11 Aug 2017 3:33 p.m. PST

thank you gentlemen for taking the time to give me your feedback. I will need to think it over and try to achieve a better the faded green.

Just to clear up the confusion:

The figures are a mix of West wind miniatures for Vietnam and Warlord for Pacific + a head from the Dien Bien Phu range from Empress miniatures!

I indeed painted the helmets in Duck Hunter pattern as I am trying to simulate French troops for Indochina.

But the color I ended up on the trousers got me thinking that I may re-use it for Vietnam era soldiers. :)

For those interested it is Vallejo Green grey 886 + a wash with Army painter Strong tone.

Haitiansoldier Inactive Member11 Aug 2017 6:38 p.m. PST

I'd like to game Vietnam eventually. Either Khe Sanh or Hamburger Hill as the battle of choice.

Legion 412 Aug 2017 8:58 a.m. PST

Again, great work there repaint !

achieve a better the faded green.
Again, looks pretty close, as is. And remember based on the date of issue. I.e. the new guys with newer issue would be less faded, etc. And as I said, we even got reissued/previously worn fatigues, etc., too.

ScoutJock03 Nov 2017 9:02 a.m. PST

Looks good. Only issue is brown boots. The US Army wore black boots and the more commonly worn jungle boots were black with green nylon canvas uppers.

Of course it was really muddy in Nam…

Lion in the Stars04 Nov 2017 7:03 a.m. PST

Are you brushing a highlight over the wash? My usual quick&dirty mass painting is block in the base color, wash, and drybrush with the base color to start the highlights. If I highlight above that, I usually add a drop of Vallejo Ivory to my base color, and sometimes even use pure Ivory as a top highlight.

For those interested it is Vallejo Green grey 886 + a wash with Army painter Strong tone.

Might want to try Soft Tone, instead, or maybe the P3 inks.

For those that don't use Army Painter dips/tones:
- Soft tone is a warm redbrown, matches the old Gryphonne Sepia from GW. It's OK as a flesh wash.
- Dark Tone is a black wash, matches Badab Black.
- Strong Tone is a dark brown, matches Devlan Mud.

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