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CKSmith02 Sep 2006 7:44 a.m. PST

Any ideas for doing this in 15mm/1:100 scale (taking paint scale theory into account)?

C.K. Smith

Lowtardog02 Sep 2006 9:00 a.m. PST

I have used this in the past

Model Colour 144 cam.pale violet brown(1) or cam. pardo claro

Lowtardog02 Sep 2006 9:04 a.m. PST

or 879 in their catalogue Green Brown (I think)

Rod Langway02 Sep 2006 10:57 a.m. PST

Strange you brought this up today, am just finishing a bunch of Ratel's and Buffel's. Color I am using is Vallejo 876 Brown Sand right out of the bottle.

Jemima Fawr21 Sep 2006 4:05 a.m. PST

'Nutria' is the SADF colour for uniforms – I use the same colour as for WW2 British Battledress (Humbrol 26).

'Dark Earth' is the SADF colour for vehicles and Humbrol 29 does the job perfectly.

I can't find the link here now, but there is a Ratel modelling page written by a SA mech company commander (modelling his own vehicle) and he confirms the Humbrol 29 match.

Jemima Fawr28 Sep 2006 6:39 a.m. PST

Here's that link:


steelrudi22 Aug 2007 4:18 a.m. PST

All the above will work. I have been experimenting with various products, and have come up with many different sollutions. Remember, you are modeling combat equipment, and uniforms, so they wont look "new". You must allow for wear and tear, plus the sun fade factor. There is no right or wrong, but what is factual and pleasing to the eye. Testors Dark Tan will work on vehicles, with weathering, and Citadel Graveyard earth will work for uniforms.

THOMASTMCC28 Nov 2007 6:02 a.m. PST

whats the best vallejo for uniforms then folks ?..

Tolcrothlogan09 Feb 2008 5:28 p.m. PST

Vallejo German Camoflage medium Brown, forget the Number.

Black Undercoat.
Base 70/30 Ger cam med br/Black
main colour Ger cam med br
Highlight 70/30 ger cam med br/white

i do the whole figure inc webbing then add a final super highlight on webbing with a touch more white.

Did some SADF Paras and posted piccies on RFCM yahoo group.


Grand Duke Natokina31 May 2008 8:18 p.m. PST

For my France 40 French I use Rail Brown from Floquil. It ought to be fine for weathered/faded SADF uniforms. IIRC they are a little darker than that when new.

Grand Duke Natokina31 May 2008 8:25 p.m. PST

Well said, Steelrudi!
I have a friend who is an excellent modeller who had never been in the military. He would always ask about colors. We
always said get close; remember it has been out in the desert for six months and has faded and is currently covered with a good coat of dust that will lighten thecolor even more. For an IPMS competition, most modellers will build the kit looking like it just came off the factory floor. Weather it and you won't look pretty,but you will look authentic.

Mike Tanner19 Feb 2017 6:45 a.m. PST

These are the equivalent colours if the chart below is to be trusted:

Humbrol 26 = Vallejo 879 green-brown

Humbrol 29 = 921 English uniform

Mike Tanner19 Feb 2017 6:45 a.m. PST


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