by: Kevin Brant [ ]
French tanks in World War 1 and early World War 2 wore colorful camouflage paint jobs, a recent paint set from Ammo by Mig provides modelers with the colors needed to recreate these interesting paint schemes.
A.MIG-060 Pale Green
A.MIG-061 Warm Sand Yellow
A.MIG-062 French Blue
A.MIG-063 Pale Grey
A.MIG-064 Brown Earth
A.MIG-065 Forest Green
Ammo by Mig has released a color set of French Tank Colors - Camouflage colors from 1914 to 1940(WW1 and WWII) to help modelers recreate French armor camouflage colors. The set contains six 17ml bottles of paint. The box art, front and back, provides different options for French tanks and camouflage patterns.
A quick view of the box art and images from around the internet show various patterns using a combination of grey, dark yellow, greens, brown and blue, and the set contains the colors to reproduce these scheme. As there seems to be no real color images of the colors, it is difficult to gauge the correct colors, but to my eye they look good. It should also be noted, as I read, that most early French tanks were provided in a solid color ‘pale grey has been mentioned’ to the unit, at which time they were camouflaged by their crews. If this is a true statement, it would lead to what I have observed, various patterns and use of colors.
So having the paint, thought it was worth giving them a try on a French World War 1 St. Chammond I quickly built. I started with a coat of Ammo by Mig Black primer, to which I airbrushed the Pale Grey onto the tank using light coats with approximately a 60-40 mix of paint to Ammo by Mig Thinner. The paint flowed well through the airbrush, and three coats provided a good coverage over the black primer.
To give the tank a "field" painted look, and the complexity of the pattern, I decided to brush on the other colors. With a few drops of paint and a small drop of thinner in the pallette, I brushed on the colors lightly. The first coat showed some transparency as I expected, with almost full coverage using the second coat. I could have added a third coat, but was satisfied with the "field" applied look after the second coat.
The paint did brush on well using a No.4 synthetic brush. While the bottle is stated "For airbrushing", it does show that they can be applied with a brush. Also it should be noted, that Ammo by Mig paint really needs to be mixed well for use. These paints do include the "mixing ball" in the paint for assistance, but ensure it is well shaken before use.
With the model painted, I was happy with the look of the colors for a World War 1 French tank as provided in the set by Ammo by Mig. One color missing if you are planning to do the black outlined schemes is the black, but that is easily sourced.
Overall, I am very happy with the color selection provided in the Ammo by Mig set, and with an airbrush or brush, the paint does apply well. I would definitely recommend this set to anyone building and painting a World War 1 or early World War 2 French tank.