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fozzybear14 Oct 2007 12:24 p.m. PST

Can any one tell me for sure how the Spanish Infantry uniforms looked in Cuba during the Spanish American War? I have seen many variations from movies to color plates to pics of re-enactors to painted mini's. They seem to very from almost white to light blue with all manor of striping in between. I am not sure which source is correct. If you know for sure, please let me know. Links are also good.

fozzybear14 Oct 2007 12:26 p.m. PST

OOPS…

Uniforms!!!! I swear .. the 'N' button was suck ;)

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Oct 2007 1:10 p.m. PST

Dear Fozzy,

While there were a number of different uniforms in Cuba worn by the Spanish, the basic infantry uniform was white with a thin blue vertical strip (rather like ticking material), but eyewitnesses always said that from a distance, the Spanish appeared to be "blue."

There are several fine Osprey titles on the SP-AM War, and Brassey's has at least one very good one. If you're as cheap as I tend to be, get on the net and run some search strings for the Spanish-American War, then fine tune for Uniforms. You'll find plenty of sources (and all manner of useful information on other matters) for cheap to free.

Good Luck!

TVAG

Oddball14 Oct 2007 4:06 p.m. PST

I painted my Spainish with an undercoat of light gray and a dry brush of white over for the basic uniform. Most of my Spanish troops have straw hats also.

Palafox Inactive Member14 Oct 2007 4:12 p.m. PST

TVAG gives very good info.

From Spanish sites you can find these:

link

link

Artillery:

link

Portorican volunteers:

link

For a little more info on books about uniforms I'd recommend this, though I'm afraid it's only in Spanish:

link

Hope it helps.

Palafox Inactive Member14 Oct 2007 4:13 p.m. PST

I forgot one.

Spanish officer:

link

60th RAR Inactive Member15 Oct 2007 3:39 a.m. PST

I picked up the Brassey uniform guide at the local Half Price Books for under $5 USD a couple monthe back.

VCarter15 Oct 2007 8:38 a.m. PST

Brassey Uniform guide is the best. For my painting I when with a duck egg blue (It's a very light blue almost white) over a white undercoat. Also get a copy of the Ted Turner "Rough Rides" movie. The uniforms appear light blue to white in all but the close ups. I skipped on painting the stripes and went for the wargame view.

fozzybear15 Oct 2007 9:43 a.m. PST

Is that "BRASSEY'S BOOK OF UNIFORMS"? (this is what i got when i googled Brassey Uniform guide) I do have Rough Riders, just watched it the other day, actually thats what spawned the question. I was not sure how acurate they were in that movie. They acurate on a lot of uniforms and equipment but I have seen that uniform depicted differently on a few sources.

VCarter15 Oct 2007 11:50 a.m. PST

That's the book. It has three U.S. Marines and at least one Spanish officer on the cover.

I'm surprised no gave you the following link:

spanamwar.com

The is a wealth of information (uniform prints included) on that site.

Tachikoma15 Oct 2007 12:13 p.m. PST

The material used in the Spanish uniforms was refered to as "rayadillo", and a web search for that term will turn up a number of interesting websites.

fozzybear15 Oct 2007 1:40 p.m. PST

link

Yup … this sight ROCKS! Thanks.

95thRegt10 May 2012 6:32 p.m. PST

Wow! Awesome site!

Bob

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