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ACW Union Troops - a question about colour

Postby David_W » Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:35 pm

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I am contemplating painting armies for Longstreet.

Having painted ACW armies before I am pretty confident I know what colour to use for Union jackets, but I am sure that in the past, I have used has been too bright. I am considering using what can be best described as a "Navy Blue" - a dark, almost black blue. Indeed in 15mm I will probably paint the jackets black and just highlight with a dark blue. A bit boring, but having had a look around various web sites, watched US re-enactor films [including "Gods and Generals" and Gettysburg" - amazing how well fed the Confederates are in these films; one sergeant is positively obese :-) ] and various reference books, this seems about right.

Any thoughts?

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Re: ACW Union Troops - a question about colour

Postby Cardinal Hawkwood » Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:37 pm

you have to think scale colour or it will come out looking black. I do cote des arem deadly nightshade base with regal blue highlight, and that often is too dark, try some enchanted blue, thinned highlight over that . blue is one of the more transparent acrylic colours. and the pants are usually darker than most people do them. think enchanted blue with a slightly lighter highlight.
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Re: ACW Union Troops - a question about colour

Postby Cardinal Hawkwood » Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:40 pm

David_W wrote:Gentlemen of the Mess

I am contemplating painting armies for Longstreet.

Having painted ACW armies before I am pretty confident I know what colour to use for Union jackets, but I am sure that in the past, I have used has been too bright. I am considering using what can be best described as a "Navy Blue" - a dark, almost black blue. Indeed in 15mm I will probably paint the jackets black and just highlight with a dark blue. A bit boring, but having had a look around various web sites, watched US re-enactor films [including "Gods and Generals" and Gettysburg" - amazing how well fed the Confederates are in these films; one sergeant is positively obese :-) ] and various reference books, this seems about right.

Any thoughts?

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Re: ACW Union Troops - a question about colour

Postby Cardinal Hawkwood » Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:41 pm

and all their equipment is black, very boring
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Re: ACW Union Troops - a question about colour

Postby David_W » Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:08 pm

Thanks for the excellent advice.

And I agree that ACW Union, in particular, are pretty boring. The "Go, No Go" decision on this project will get down to how good the rules are. the lite version looks promising.

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Re: ACW Union Troops - a question about colour

Postby Bluewillow » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:48 pm

try Vallejo prussian blue for the jackets it is a very black blue

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Re: ACW Union Troops - a question about colour

Postby Cardinal Hawkwood » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:35 pm

Bluewillow wrote:try Vallejo prussian blue for the jackets it is a very black blue

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there are two Vallejo Prussian blues..over black they would work.you have to remember that the final shade of blue is very much related to the colour you paint it over, and that all acrylics dry darker than they appear when wet. If you were doing quick then a good basecoat of black and then highlight reagal/royal blue is the fastest method
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Re: ACW Union Troops - a question about colour

Postby David_W » Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:38 am

Matt & Chris

thanks for the advice - I suspect, the dark blue as a highlight over black will work well.

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Re: ACW Union Troops - a question about colour

Postby Cardinal Hawkwood » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:51 am

quickest and most effective, if you tal care all the black has been done, just highlight the black with Vallejo black grey.makes a big difference.
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Re: ACW Union Troops - a question about colour

Postby GamesPoet » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:43 pm

I echo the Cardinal's comment regarding their pants. Most people paint them lighter than they likley were. In fact, saw a pair of originals at Antietam about 10 days ago, and they were clearly darker than many folks paint them.

As for boring, I disagree and it depends on what choices a person is making. There can be found small nuances between some units if the homework is done, especially when doing things like Iron Brigade, Irish Brigade, and various Zouaves. Early war is much varied, and tends to be more fun than late war when painting, but mid war isn't bad.
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