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Hints and Tips Colour Guide British Infantry

By Michael Farnworth March 2008

Commandos - North West Europe (Normandy, etc)

Artizan figures painted by ic! "arn#orth

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&a%%e'o ode% Co%our *eep )reen +,-.+, /ussian )reen +,-0.1, (ronze )reen +,-0.+ /ussian 4niform +,-.51 ahogany (ro#n +,-018, "%at (ro#n +,-.01 49 "ie%d *rab +,-.+:, Eng%ish 4niform +,-.5;, "%at Earth +,-.0: /ussian 4niform +,-.51 )erman Camo (eige +,-05; $ra>i 9and +,-0;., *ar! 9and +,-01+ )erman Camo (eige +,-05; *ec! Tan +,-.;5, =aste% )reen +,-00? )erman Camo (eige +,-05; (%ac! +,-.?,

(ritish uniforms #ere consistent o2er a%% branches of the army- Commandos, infantry, arti%%ery and many Common#ea%th forces engaged in Europe had on%y s%ight 2ariations of insignia and beret- A fe# specia%ists units a%so recei2ed camouf%aged 'ac!ets and trousers3ha!i c%oth #as most%y a bro#n shade and re%ati2e%y co%ourfast- &a%%e'o Eng%ish uniform +,-.5; is 2ery dar! and bro#n, "%at Earth +,-.01 or 49 "ie%d *rab +,-.+: are %ighter tonesWebbing, an!%ets and ammunition pouches #ere issued in 9and and )reen shades- They #ere made from #ere cotton can2as and faded rapid%y- $n theory, green is correct for the %ate #ar period in Europe but so%diers #ere issued #ith both co%ours- )reen ammunition pouches #ere sometimes #orn #ith sand co%oured #ebbing and 2ice 2ersa(ritish made 2ehic%es and meta% items #ere dar! green (/ef%ecti2e )reen)- American made 2ehic%es #ere o%i2e green drab (49 *ar! )reen +,-0.:)-

Hints & Tips - Paining 28mm Armies Copyright Mick Farnworth - October 2007

Insignia Commandos #ore the commando badge on the shou%der- $t can be simu%ated by painting a b%ac! circ%e and adding t#o 2ertica% and horizonta% stro!es in red to form A- The unit badge #as a cur2ed shape at the top of the shou%der- "or commandos, this had a red symbo% and #hite teBt-

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Hints & Tips - Paining 28mm Armies Copyright Mick Farnworth - October 2007