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nvdoyle16 Sep 2018 7:08 a.m. PST

Anyone have a list handy of Vallejo Model Color paints for Soviet/Russian infantry, gear, and armor of late Cold War/early 'Ultramodern'? Also, what colors to use for their UM heavy body armor troops? I'm working on a 28mm sci-fi project, and want a color scheme that immediately identifies them as Soviet/Russian.

Martin Rapier16 Sep 2018 8:20 a.m. PST

Russian vehicles were green, same as WW2. Russian uniforms were brown(ish), same as WW2.

I use VJ Russian Green 894 lightened with a big dollop of ochre (as it fades to an attractive vomit green colour) for vehicles and VJ English Uniform aka Khaki for the uniforms. Russian green for the helmets.

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2018 2:17 a.m. PST

I agree about the Russian Green. Its one of those colours that doesn't scale down very well and is IMO too dark to use as is.

Thresher0118 Sep 2018 10:27 p.m. PST

For armor, a bluish green seems best to me, though some are/were clearly olive green too, among other colors.

Soviet paint color quality isn't what you might expect, and even during the Cold War there was a lot of leeway, as has been shown in various pics here on TMP.

I even seem to recall some of the WWII vehicles being olive drabish, and/or brown, too.

So, pick one, or a few colors that you may have, and go with that.

Easy to drybrush with a little sand, or beige color, to lighten the overall effect, if you find it too dark.

williamb05 Oct 2018 2:43 p.m. PST

Pick any color you like


ScoutJock04 Feb 2019 4:52 p.m. PST

Depend on how late and hypothetical you want to get:



Pale sand, light brown and black red. My interpretation of a Russian expo scheme.

Sgt RV10 Feb 2019 4:52 p.m. PST

Willamb hit the nail on the head any thing sort of close is fine. Quality control not a strong suit for USSR………

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