By the beginning of 20th century, the French uniform had changed little from the Napoleonic era. French infantrymen and cavalry soldiers wore traditional blue trench coats and red trousers. Attempts on introducing more sensible combat clothing were rejected by conservatives both in military circles and among civilians. However, there were some who realised the downsides of the colourful field dress.
In order to satisfy both sides a new uniform was designed. It included red, white and blue threads which, intertwining together, created a drab purple-brown colour. The red threads had to be excluded though, as the dye needed for their production was made in Germany. Remaining white and blue threads produced the so-called "Horizon blue" colour.
In the face of the coming war the new uniform was accepted by the French Government and stayed unchanged till the end of the war. The colour set contains three basic shades designed to recreate the famous Horizon blue worn by French troops during WWI.
AK3101 WWI French Uniform Base
AK3102 WWI French Uniform Light
AK3103 WWI French Uniform Shadow
This modulation set contains three paints designed to replicate Khaki-brown colours which were commonly used on British combat vehicles of WWI. First introduced in military use by the British Empire, the Khaki colour was used throughout WWI and beyond to make tanks less visible in forests and marshlands.
AK4041 WWI British Khaki Brown Highlights
AK4042 WWI British Khaki Brown Base
AK4043 WWI British Khaki Brown Shadow
This paint set contains three basic khaki shades designed to paint uniforms worn by British troops during WWI. These colours were also common in British uniforms of the WWII era.
The word 'khaki' ('dust-colored', Hindi) came to English from British India. Uniforms of khaki colour were first introduced in 1848 by the Corps of Guides which was part of the British Indian Army. Later, khaki uniforms were used by the British Empire in several colonial conflicts, such as the Expedition to Abyssinia in 1867 and the Mahdist War in 1881. In 1902, after the Second Boer War, khaki was accepted as the colour of the continental British Service Dress.
Unlike traditional grey and red costumes, the khaki uniform allowed troops to remain inconspicuous in the battlefield. It was widely used by British forces throughout the two World Wars, however today it's worn only during official occasions and ceremonies.
AK3081 WWI British Uniform Base
AK3082 WWI British Uniform Light
AK3083 WWI British Uniform Shadow
This set of paints is designed to paint uniforms that were used by German troops during WWI. The base colour of German WWI uniform was Feldgrau, or field-grey. The paints represented in this set will help you achieve the right shade of the Field-grey uniform. These colours can also be used for painting WWII German uniforms.
AK3091 WWI German Uniform Base
AK3092 WWI German Uniform Light
AK3093 WWI German Uniform Shadow
This book takes the reader through the fast evolution of armoured warfare during the First World War. A great source of inspiration for WWI dioramas and vignettes.