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Shootmenow15 Jan 2020 10:18 a.m. PST

Whilst familiar with painting World War Two British in their Khaki battledress, I would like to ask advice on which paints best replicate the colour of the khaki uniforms of Victoria's soldiers.
Thanks for any help.

Rich Bliss Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2020 10:29 a.m. PST

Variations in dye lots, dying techniques and enviromental conditions means pretty much anything goes. I use a mix of Unbleached Titanium and a very small about of Mars Black as the base color. I then wash with raw umber and call it good,

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2020 10:31 a.m. PST

There is a color in the Folk Art acrylic paint line called Honeycomb, which over the years I've found to be a pretty close match. Add a brown ink wash, then highlight with Honeycomb + a bit of white and it looks worn khaki clothing.

alan L15 Jan 2020 11:03 a.m. PST

I have used Army Painter Skelton Bone with a Games Workshop Sepia wash.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2020 1:05 p.m. PST

I use Tamiya Desert Yellow with a good wash of Game Workshop Sepia

DyeHard15 Jan 2020 2:24 p.m. PST

No one correct colour, but a nice spectrum.

Here is a little article:

Shootmenow15 Jan 2020 4:55 p.m. PST

Thanks for the comments everyone…plenty to think about!

WillieB Supporting Member of TMP26 Jan 2020 6:57 a.m. PST

Using oil paints but if you mix Titanium White with warm grey you get a very good basis for nearly every shade of Khaki.

As it is for the dyed white uniforms which were, a while after dyeing, back to a dirty off- white.

You can add a sandy colour for a warmer tone ( dyed with curry for example or tea or mud) Some of the mud was quite pinkish!

Add burnt Umber for a darker Khaki ( for example those who used red and black inks to dye their uniforms.

Apparently quite a few of the mixtures turned out grey to greyish purple. Considering the ad-hoc dyeing and the rather harsh climate this seems very logical. To represent this add Cold Grey to the mixture and a small touch of dark blue and red.

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