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whitejamest24 Aug 2017 3:20 p.m. PST

Hi folks. I've got a few Peter Pig 15mm Brits from the First World War that I'm looking to try my hand at, and it occurs to me that I've never painted anything British from the 20th century before.

Is there a specific paint anyone would recommend, both for the uniform itself and the packs?

Thanks in advance!

Old Contemptibles24 Aug 2017 9:00 p.m. PST

I painted a bunch a long time ago and I don't really remember. But I just bought some craft paint at Hobby Lobby and started mixing colors until I got that brownish color with just a hint of green. Do not over do the green.

It is a very difficult color to get right. Don't paint it like it was in WWII. I have seen that mistake made by others both German and British.

Porthos25 Aug 2017 2:01 a.m. PST

I use Vallejo Model Color Middlestone (70.882, 118) for the uniform and Games Workshop Rotting Flesh 61-43 for packs and personal equipment. A good source for the colours is "Army Uniforms of World War 1" by Andrew Mollo and Pierre Turner, Blandford Colour Series, ISBN 0-7137-1928-1. My Peter Pig Brits are for 1914, BTW.

Colonel Bogey Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2017 2:51 a.m. PST

I have found that Vallejo 70.921 English Uniform works well over a primer coat of The Plastic Solider Company's Dunkelgelb.

monk2002uk25 Aug 2017 7:19 a.m. PST

The English Uniform colour tends to be too brown for WW1. Middlestone is the better choice IMHO. The Foundry Drab triad is very good.


whitejamest25 Aug 2017 11:03 a.m. PST

Thanks very much for the recommendations guys. I'm going to try the Middlestone to start with, and will go to English Uniform or Foundry Drab as backups.

piper90925 Aug 2017 4:15 p.m. PST

Humbrol once made very good colors for both khaki drill and khaki serge, but I don't suppose those paints are still available.

That said, after much experimentation, I have settled on: white primer; wash with Reaper brown ink; brush (dry) Vallejo Green Brown #70879 over the raised surfaces and flat areas, allowing the brown ink to bring out relief in the recesses.

This has been my preferred khaki serge, to my eyes the right level of greenish brown.

Royston Papworth27 Aug 2017 5:36 a.m. PST

Foundry Drab, without the highlight worked for me.

Still not convinced that Vallejo English Uniform is correct for WWI or WWII…..

spontoon02 Sep 2017 12:58 p.m. PST

I forget who makes the colour I use for British Khaki, but it's called Bambi Brown!

RePriMo Wargame Terrain23 Oct 2020 10:45 a.m. PST

Here I have A Tutorial for them…=)

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