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  • #67837
    Abwehrschlacht
    Abwehrschlacht
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    When we were in Bullecourt we were able to identify the exact Pantone colour that the British tanks of the First World War were painted. There’s a short write up about it all on my blog here:

    http://stormofsteelwargaming.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/british-tank-colours-of-first-world-war.html

    http://stormofsteelwargaming.blogspot.co.uk

    #67850
    kyoteblue
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    That is a really ugly green… Thank for posting guess I need to repaint my British Tanks now.

    #67861
    Abwehrschlacht
    Abwehrschlacht
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    I know, isn’t it? Remember though that this is the specific colour of this particular tank, others probably had different schemes.

    http://stormofsteelwargaming.blogspot.co.uk

    #67862
    General Slade
    General Slade
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    I actually like the colour.  It reminds me of British Racing Green.

    #67866
    NKL Aerotom
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    I quite like the Solomon camouflage too for the early tanks:

    My attempt at this kind of camo:

    I personally prefer this shade for the regular color, not sure how close it is to your color, but surely there would have originally been variations in color between different batches of tanks?

    #67868
    Abwehrschlacht
    Abwehrschlacht
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    The Solomon camo is an excellent example of the variation in tank colours in the First World War, but as far as I know the Bovvington tanks were completely stripped of paint before being repainted, removing all original traces.

    NKL, yes, there would have been a massive variation on the colour schemes, mostly due to pigment, paint mixing, weathering, application, and local or wider orthodoxies, amongst other variables and this colour really only represents this specific tank at this specific time (a Mark II in 1917). That said, there are accounts that the German guns had a field day with the British tanks at Bullecourt as their dark paint stood out like a sore thumb in the snow, so we can guess that this tranche of tanks were painted similarly during this action, at least.

    http://stormofsteelwargaming.blogspot.co.uk

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