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Nick Bowler12 May 2019 1:27 a.m. PST

I am painting some NVA for the Vietnam war.

All of the painting guides recommend a khaki colour. However, when I look at pictures on the web, the vast majority of uniforms in museums are a jungle green. I assume the uniforms faded, but I would like some advice.

How common were new (green) uniforms?
Were recruits fed to units, so a unit would have a mixture of colours?
What paints are recommended for the green?

haywire12 May 2019 5:46 a.m. PST

I use Citadel's Goblin Green. You want to use a different green than your US forces or else you will get confused. This is why Khaki is nice.

irishserb12 May 2019 6:06 a.m. PST

I compared my paints to actual uniform material and ended up using ModelMaster Forest Green, shaded with a lightened mix of the same.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure that it is still available after Rustoleum deleted much of the product line.

The Nigerian Lead Minister12 May 2019 1:13 p.m. PST

I went with Vallejo Japanese Uniform, which is a greenish khaki.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 May 2019 2:34 p.m. PST

The NVA as I recall transitioned from khaki to green. The advantage to going with khaki is being able to tell them apart from the US or ARVN….

Joe Legan14 May 2019 2:48 p.m. PST

Crispy is right. they transitioned from one to the other. I went with a lighter green to tell them apart from the free world forces but like you Nick, khaki just seemed wrong. I also varied the color from batch to batch as I doubt 2 uniforms every looked the same. Heck, my uniforms never look the same.
either way I think you are good.


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