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Sundance05 Feb 2021 4:51 p.m. PST

Anyone recommend an off-the-shelf Vallejo color that closely matches Canadian battledress? Just going by memory, I'm thinking Olive Grey might do it, but I don't have the paints in front of me. What are you using?

Wargamer Blue05 Feb 2021 5:28 p.m. PST

I've been using Russian Uniform.

epturner Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2021 6:03 p.m. PST

Brown Violet.

That what was recommended to me. Seem to have that greenish tinge to it.

As both a wargamer and a Canadian WW2 re-enactor, I think it does the job.


Wargamer Blue06 Feb 2021 2:15 a.m. PST

Vallejo stopped making Brown Violet last year. It crushed me because I use it for my Australian pacific uniforms. It's still available in the model air range but I don't know how it will go as a brush on?

RittervonBek06 Feb 2021 2:55 a.m. PST

Brown violet has been renamed US olive drab. John the OFM once remarked it was the best OD he'd seen despite the weird name.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2021 7:44 a.m. PST

Whats nice is while they may change a name from time to time they keep the same stock number. #887 was Brown Violet and now US Olive Drab. Different name, same paint, same number.

Sundance06 Feb 2021 2:15 p.m. PST

Great, guys! Thanks!

Wargamer Blue06 Feb 2021 2:42 p.m. PST

@Marc, It's a totally different colour now. It's more light green which I discovered after replenishing my paint. I agree with OFM. Its become the perfect olive drab for US Armour.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2021 8:35 a.m. PST

Wow, have to pick up a new bottle. Thanks for the update Wargamer Blue

VonBlucher07 Feb 2021 10:35 a.m. PST

Brown Violet was 887 and they already had a USA Olive Drab 889 and these 2 are definitely two different colors

Personal logo Unlucky General Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2021 1:33 p.m. PST


Not long ago (last year) I painted two battalions worth of 20mm Canadian infantry for my slowly (ever so slowly) evolving Dieppe re-fight. Whilst as I'm sure most of us know battle dress and all uniforms throughout the war on all sides reflected significant color variation, I understand that Canadian battledress was definitely more green in hue than their UK counterparts. For this reason I mixed differing shades of green into my Khaki. If it helps or you are interested, here's a link to my blog article on the subject.

Sundance09 Feb 2021 8:18 a.m. PST

Thanks Unlucky. I appreciate it.

Ryan Rabies06 Dec 2021 6:25 a.m. PST

I've been using Brown Violet (USA Olive Drab) + English Uniform in a 1:1 ratio, or thereabouts. It doesn't have to be too exact. I highlight with Khaki Grey, then one more highlight of Khaki Grey mixed with Buff. One could easily stop at Khaki Grey, though. There's lots of variation in the colour, so I'd just go with the one that you like. I've seen a 3rd Infantry Division shirt at the Canadian War Museum that was apparently worn on D-Day. There was no Khaki about it, it was green. I'd say Brown Violet straight up would be reasonable. I've also seen other variations at the same museum. One was closer to German Field Grey and another was so drab, I couldn't tell if it was brown, grey or green as the dominant colour. You'd have to be very skilled to produce that crappy colour!

This is what my concoction ends up looking like:

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