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Kungfucius11 Oct 2019 1:13 p.m. PST

Hi folks,
painting Late War German Infantry can I paint some trousers grey (i.e. Vallejo 70839 London grey or 70816 Luftwaffe uniform) for variety or should they be all field grey (Vallejo 70380 German Fieldgrey WWII)?
Thanks for your advice

Garand11 Oct 2019 1:25 p.m. PST

All field grey. The stone grey trousers were discontinued IIRC in '39 or '40 & replaced with Feldgrau. You might still see some troops with the old stuff, but as the war progressed & many of those soldiers were either killed or re-issued with new uniforms to replace the old ones, it would be increasingly unlikely to see.

Edit: one thing you could do, if you're painting Waffen-SS, is use some of the camo pattern uniforms, either in-full or in a mix & match type scenario. You can occasionally see troops with Feldgrau tunics & camo pants. This would have been pretty unlikely in Army units (they didn't get camo unforms, though some got camo smocks, so whatever they had would have been stolen from the Waffen-SS), but would probably work for SS units. They also had uniform parts made from Italian camo cloth too, for even more variety.

Edit #2: If you want variety in Army units, you could probably get away with variations of the basic uniform color. The quality of German uniforms declined as the war progressed, with some having a more olive color than Feldgrau. I could imagine soldiers with mis-matching uniform dyejobs kicking around, so that might be an interesting option…


Kungfucius11 Oct 2019 1:37 p.m. PST

Hi Damon,
thanks for this comprehensive explanation. I am painting AB Heer so I will stick to Feldgrau. Thanks again

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian11 Oct 2019 3:19 p.m. PST

Use what you want an even mix it up. There are a couple photos of 10+ Field Grey uniforms and none are the same shade. Like the Soviet Green BTR piture

Martin Rapier11 Oct 2019 10:28 p.m. PST

In theory, it was all field grey after 1941, which isn't to say some stone grey wasn't still around and there was a lot of variation in field grey anyway.

Lots of troops still had early pattern jackets with bottle green colors in 1944, reputedly some units even added them to their new issue jackets as it made them look more "veteran"

Kungfucius12 Oct 2019 2:05 a.m. PST

Thank you Saber6 and Martin

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2019 4:02 a.m. PST

Also remember that many officers had their uniforms custom made. Though, as the war progressed, fewer and fewer. Also allows you to add a bit of variety to your units.

Kungfucius13 Oct 2019 4:35 a.m. PST

Thanks Marc33594. The TMP community is always helpful

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