by: Kevin Brant [ ]
Modern Russian AFV's sport more than the typical Russian green, and sometimes it may be difficult to collect the colors for different camouflage patterns. Ammo by Mig has created a second set of color for modern Russian AFV's that should help fit the bill.
A.MIG-046 Matt Black
A.MIG-051 Light Green
A.MIG-057 Yellow Grey
A.MIG-070 Medium Brown
A.MIG-083 Zashchitniy Zeleno
A.MIG-210 Grey Blue
This latest set of paints, Modern Russian Camouflage Colors Vol.2, from Ammo by Mig looks to be an adjustment of the first set release some time ago. While some of the colors are the same, some look to be a correction in shade. The set contains six 17ml bottles that include the stainless steel mixing ball inside. On the box rear is an example of some schemes that could be applied to Russian tanks, but would apply to other Russian AFV's as well. Some of the colors could even be used on World War 2 schemes, including the Yellow Grey and Medium Brown.
A scan of the internet shows multiple Russian camouflage schemes, most using the colors provided in this set. And most seem to start with the modern Russian green, provided in the set as Zashchitniy Zeleno. This color is a bit darker then the 4BO color used in World War 2.
Having the set, I thought lets see how they work. Having a Russian T-80BVD in my stash, a relatively quick assembly, and it was ready for paint. As with most builds, I start the painting of with a coat of primer, usually Ammo by Mig Black. This was followed with three light coats of the Zashchitniy Zeleno mixed approximately 70/30 with Ammo by Mig Thinner. The paint acted as expected, providing a great cover of the modern Russian green color.
Allowing the base coat to dry for a couple of days, I moved onto the camouflage. Starting with the Yellow Grey, mixed approximately 60/40 with Ammo by Mig thinner, I applied with my airbrush at about 15-18psi. Again the using very light coats, I build up the color in the pattern free hand, and it applied well.
I then moved onto the Blue Grey, again with the same mixture and pressure. After applying this color, I was a concerned it may be a little light, but another scan of the internet showed that it does look correct.
The final color was the black, and using the internet as reference, I mixed a little of the Yellow Grey, a drop or two, into the black to tone it down a little. This was applied as per the other two colors.
Sitting back and comparing to a couple of images on the web, I was happy with how the camouflage came out, and the colors. I only used the base green, yellow grey, grey blue, and black in the example, but the set does provide the light green and brown for other camouflage patterns I have seen used by Russian forces. I did apply those colors quickly on a plastic card to show how they would look.
For those new to Ammo by Mig paints, a couple things to remember: they must be well shaken, the stainless steel ball in the bottle helps greatly, and they must be applied in thin coats.
Overall all this is another good and convenient set of paints from Ammo by Mig. The color selection, in my opinion, matched the colors used on modern Russian armor, as well as provides colors that could be used on early AFV's. The paint does apply well, remember good mixing and thin coats. I would highly recommend this set to those needing to paint up some Russian armor.