Last month I finally managed to paint my Peter Pig marines in what turned out to be a really poor attempt at the USMC desert MARPAT camo. My reason for posting the pics isn't so much to showcase my lack of painting skill, but to share some thoughts on color choices.
When I prepared to paint, I posted online for some guidance and searched out various forums with helpful posts. Unfortunately, I found that a lot of people were using brands of paints different from the Vallejo paints that I had available for their desert scheme. I ended up reviewing a ton of photos of figures and Marines online, and some in books, and came of with some paint selections to use. I can't claim that my choices are particularly right, but after comparing them to slightly used Marine Marpat uniforms and gear at the local surplus store, I think they are not far off the mark at worst, and thought I'd share the color choices.
The photos show the figs in in two lighting conditions, the darker ones matching the background color that I used while taking the poics pretty closely, the brighter ones showing the contrast of the lighter colors a little better ( I think), but look a bit too yellow . Here are the pics:
Okay, you can stop laughing now. Think colors, not painting quality. The paint is all Vallejo brand and is described below:
Base Uniform: Custom mix of two parts #847 Dark Sand to one part #70987 Medium Grey.
Uniform camo colors: #70987 Medium Grey, #70988 Khaki, #873 US Field Drab
Vest/web gear/pouches/packs: #70988 Khaki
Boots: #890 US Tan Earth
Goggles: #70994 Medium Grey
Goggle Lenses: #70994 Dark Grey
The color choices above reflect what I saw with the greatest frequency in photos. Goggles in black and other tans were not uncommon, and gloves in green, tan (some with the back of the kuckles reinforced in black material), and black were also common. Many Marines also had green pouches and whatnot.
The figs are the Peter Pig US Marines from their Line 17. I got mine through Brookhurst Hobbies in the US. Anyway, hope this might be of help to some or provide a good laugh to others.