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PostPosted: Thu 03 Oct 2013 23:43 pm 
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What colour should I use to paint the Emhar WW1 British 18 pdr gun in 1/72 scale? I'm sure they were not shiny dark green on the Western Front like the present day ones used by the Kings Troop RHA.

Any suggestions for a colour in Humbrol gratefully received


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PostPosted: Fri 04 Oct 2013 00:51 am 
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116 or 117, at a guess.

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Oct 2013 02:19 am 
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If on the western front, just about any drab green. After a day or two in the sun/rain/mud/dust, no one could tell what color they had been originally painted.


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It depends on the theatre, as Ron intimated. Also, the period. 18Pdrs were used by the BEF, IIRC.

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Oct 2013 09:11 am 
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By mid 1915 most guns were brown, Humbrol 29 & 98 mix 4:1 or thereabouts.


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PostPosted: Fri 04 Oct 2013 15:58 pm 
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Thanks all for your help.

Mike as I'm looking to model the British 18 pdr as it would have been on the Western Front in 1916 I'll go with your suggestion, which sounds logical as there wasn't much greenery at the front after all the shelling!

I have many of your books on camo and so I'm looking forward to British Army Colours & Disruptive Camouflage WW1 - er when you get round to it!!!


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PostPosted: Mon 07 Oct 2013 19:40 pm 
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Hi Larry. No chance of a WW1 book from me. There are simply no easily obtainable documents to work from. Mike Cooper is the chap for WW 1 material. I do have some formulii to mix certain colours but these only give pigments by weight and liquids by volume but there is no swatch to use as a guide to a colour with a name which means nothing now. For instance, what colour is 'Mummy'? In many cases equipment was painted by manufacturers in a suitable colour of their choice and acceptable to the War Office, no basic standard even for the so called Wagon Grey in use in 1914. Dick Taylor's 'Warpaint' books are the about as good as is possible at present.


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PostPosted: Fri 29 Nov 2013 07:45 am 
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Would that mean that the Mk4 tanks were also painted in the brown colour?


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PostPosted: Thu 05 Dec 2013 18:36 pm 
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'Would that mean that the Mk4 tanks were also painted in the brown colour? ' Yes, the army rapidly abandoned the Soloman multi-colour design since by the time the tanks had been under fire for only a few minutes there were totally mud spattered and loads of it had fallen down the sides from the tracks anyway. In the rear areas the tanks parked were under nets and other cover whilst worked on.


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