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Nick Bowler12 May 2019 12:27 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 4:46 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 5:06 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.

Personal logo The Nigerian Lead Minister Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2019 12:13 p.m. PST

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

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 May 2019 1:34 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 Legan Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2019 1:48 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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