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fozzybear Inactive Member14 Oct 2007 1:24 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.

fozzybear Inactive Member14 Oct 2007 1:26 p.m. PST


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

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Oct 2007 2:10 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!


Oddball14 Oct 2007 5:06 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 5:12 p.m. PST

TVAG gives very good info.

From Spanish sites you can find these:





Portorican volunteers:


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


Hope it helps.

Palafox Inactive Member14 Oct 2007 5:13 p.m. PST

I forgot one.

Spanish officer:


60th RAR Inactive Member15 Oct 2007 4:39 a.m. PST

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

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2007 9:38 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.

fozzybear Inactive Member15 Oct 2007 10:43 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.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2007 12:50 p.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:

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

Tachikoma15 Oct 2007 1:13 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.

fozzybear Inactive Member15 Oct 2007 2:40 p.m. PST


Yup … this sight ROCKS! Thanks.

95thRegt10 May 2012 7:32 p.m. PST

Wow! Awesome site!


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