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richinq18 Apr 2020 5:08 a.m. PST


I have some 3mm figures I need to paint for East Africa.

I have seen pictures of 28mm on Brigade Games web site, but been colour blind I need help with the colours to use.

Many Thanks


tabletopwargamer18 Apr 2020 6:02 a.m. PST

3mm? My god any colour would do!

You'll have to be more specific. Which nation? Which type of troops?

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian18 Apr 2020 8:52 a.m. PST

Khaki would be good for generic troops in Africa.

richinq18 Apr 2020 8:53 a.m. PST

I am doing battles between German and British around Lake Tanganyika.

Kings African Rifles
East African Mounted Rifled

German all Infantry
Schutztruppe Askaris
Ruga Ruga tribal infantry
Volunteer Sharpshooters
German Sailors

Helmet/Hat & Main Top and Bottom half colours.

Not painting webbing etc.

Many Thanks


jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2020 9:00 a.m. PST

I likE TEddy bear Tan

Durban Gamer19 Apr 2020 4:27 a.m. PST

You could use a more mustard khaki for Germans, and a lighter khaki for Brit empire. Nigerians had nice green pillbox hats.
If they make Confederates in 3mm, bush/slouch hats came in for the Askari of both sides late in the war. In fact, slouch hats would probably look like Wolseley sunhelmets as well in 3mm!
Please show us pics of your figs and battles in due course!

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2020 4:02 p.m. PST

I have found this book to be useful.


This is good too.

Durban is good with idea of Confederates as the German Schutztruppen started with fezes but went to slouch hat later. The Germans in the force had slouch hats with turned up side (the southwest africa hat). KGL had mostly fez.

Lots of info here, have some one describe the pictures to you. Must be difficult to paint and play games when color blind.


richinq21 Apr 2020 2:48 a.m. PST

Cheers for the info.

I will post pictures when done.

Once I know the colours to use its ok. Gaming is not a problem.

Only have issues with Brown, green, red. And blue, mauve and purple

Did paint superman figure purple years ago, made my friends laugh.

Still game with the same friends 35 years later.

Many Thanks


AICUSV22 Apr 2020 3:25 p.m. PST

Some type of khaki, Difference between Brits and Germans doesn't much matter as they were wearing each other's uniforms. Check out this site;

richinq24 Apr 2020 2:19 a.m. PST


Cheers for the web site, it fantastic. Pity there's not one like that for other countries.

Many Thanks


richinq08 May 2020 4:26 a.m. PST

Here some pics






AICUSV25 May 2020 4:44 p.m. PST


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