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tomrommel101 Dec 2019 10:59 p.m. PST

Here is the next painted NVA soldier:

I painted this NVA soldier in an overall green uniform as some people said that there were no Kaki NVA soldiers uniforms. To my knowledge that is not true. I read kaki descriptions of NVA uniforms in many different books. I personally think Kaki and green together looks best.

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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2019 1:10 a.m. PST

Firstly he looks great just as he is.

Secondly I think NVA and even more VC are like the Confederates. Anything will do. Half the fun is you can work your way through every shade of brownish sand (butternut), pale green to fresh uniform green, khaki, black, shorts. head gear variety etc.

Let us face it. The gents who marched into Saigon in 75 looked very different to those who entered Hue in 68. For the latter I suspect the green rig and helmet was actually the exception! I do like the folding bayonet on the type 56….

tomrommel102 Dec 2019 1:33 a.m. PST

thanks deadhead, that's exactly like I want to do them. So mix and match!

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2019 8:21 a.m. PST

I paint my NVA in full green, my VC local forces in black (some with rice paddy hats – not historically correct but Hollywood correct, and my NLF main force in mixed greens, tans, and blacks.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2019 11:08 a.m. PST

and I defy anyone to prove otherwise. There is so little colour photographic evidence.

A few photos from the opening days in Hue via Leroy. Lots of dead bodies pulled out of spider holes or piled up in US films. Any film from their side very staged, usually monochrome anyway. Odd that no Soviet or Chinese film crews ever emulated the US press photographers. Esp the Tet march into Hue or Saigon, which was meant to be the climax battle of the entire war.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2019 3:44 p.m. PST

RE: khaki uniform, they were used early in the war. Later on the khaki was referred to as the export uniform.

I include them in my NLF main force units.

As with all "Born in the North to die in the South" units, resupply was a real problem. I expect that NVA units would get what they could find once deployed there. That said, I prefer my regulars to look the part.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2019 3:44 p.m. PST

RE: khaki uniform, they were used early in the war. Later on the khaki was referred to as the export uniform.

I include them in my NLF main force units.

As with all "Born in the North to die in the South" units, resupply was a real problem. I expect that NVA units would get what they could find once deployed there. That said, I prefer my regulars to look the part.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2019 5:40 p.m. PST

Sorry for the double post.

Perhaps the definitive guide for the uniforms and equipment of the NVA/VC that I have found is:

"Weapons and Field Gear of the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong" by Edward J. Emering. If you can find a copy buy it now.

The sources are both the Vietnam Veterans Art Museum as well as private collections.

It is presented as a reference guide for collectors and, as such, has a wealth of color photographs.

tomrommel102 Dec 2019 11:28 p.m. PST

Carter thanks for the tip! just ordered a copy

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2019 5:25 a.m. PST

You will not be disappointed.

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