I am new to modelling and I have just bought some Tamiya 1:35 WW2
German Grenadiers which I wish to paint but I do not know what colour
thier uniform is as my instructions are in Japanese, Can anybody help?
First of all...welcome to the wonderful world of modelling!!
You have already encountered what, IMO, is the number one driving force
behind the hobby: A desire to learn more about something, some place, some
time and or some people.
I can answer your question with one word: Research!
Hobby shops, bookstores, the library (if you prefer to rent instead of
own...) all have sections devoted to militaria.
I'm not a figure modeler per se, but I've always taken a look at the Osprey
"Men At Arms" series whenever I've needed to get some idea of what a
particular uniform looked like.
I use the Model Master line of paints and they've got a wide range of
German WWII colors from which to choose. Field Grey would be my first
choice but don't let names of paints limit you. I like to use different
shades for different pieces of clothing - slightly darker or lighter for
pants or tunic, jacket, what-have-you.
You may want to look at the Polly Scale line of acrylics as they'd
probably brush on better than Model Master. In the airbrush, Model
Master rates well but I can't get them to brush on well for love or money...
Don't be afraid to ask more questions! Good luck in the hobby and
If they still package them the way they did years ago, the colours on
the back of the box (where the assembly instructions are) should give
you a fair indication. There's also a good chance that the various
bits and pieces lines travelling to them with XF-something at the
other end. These XF numbers are the numbers of Tamiya's line of
paints. If you're lucky, the place where you bouht the figures also
sells these (although I must admit they're not my personal
If you can't or won't use Tamiya paints, there are various lists that
will translate the Tamiya numbers into the corresponding numbers in
whatever range of paints you prefer. One of the many only charts can
be found under 'color charts' here:
Be aware that all these colours are indications only. For total
accuracy, look at lots of pictures. I wouldn't worry about this sort
of thing too much until you get the basic techniques sorted out