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World War I uniform paint guide

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World War I uniform paint guide
Posted by Irish3335 on Thursday, February 02, 2017 10:53 PM

Hi all, anyone out there have any ideas where I can find a guide for uniform painting?  There are WWII stuff galore, but it would be great to see some guides for humbrol / Vallejo that put me in the right direction - thanks much

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, February 02, 2017 11:54 PM

Any particular countries' uniforms, or all of them? Some countries used similar stuff to their later WWII uniforms. While other nations used similar stuff to their Victorian era uniforms and gradually changed to more earth tones as the war continued. 


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Posted by Griffin25 on Friday, February 03, 2017 10:09 AM

The best reference books are any of the Osprey series of books also this is a good reference book The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms of World War I: An expert guide to the uniforms of Britain, France, Russia, America, Germany and Austro-Hungary with over 450 colour illustrations

The Osprey series looks like this

The French Army 1914-18 (Men-at-Arms)

 Another thing to consider is that there were great variances in shades of colors between one textile manufacturer to another. Especially at that time when they were under the gun to churn out uniforms as fast as possible. Like the French "Horizon Blue" uniforms would vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some had more of one fabric dye than another and did the best they could to meet army color specifications.  Plus some uniforms, depending on age, were more faded than some others even in the same unit. As long as you're in the ball park it should be considered realistic. I think if you have multiple figures of the same type in a scene their uniforms should have a little variance due to all these factors. 




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