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Alan M20 Apr 2008 9:28 a.m. PST

I'm starting to paint some Brigade Models Belgians, but I'm stuck for a colour. One of the Officers has a side cap, but I can't find any sources for the colour of the braid/piping or the tassell.

Anyone able to help?

Monkey Hanger Fezian20 Apr 2008 9:33 a.m. PST

Some sites with links


Hope some of these help (the 3rd link has a cap and tassel in colour


Alan M21 Apr 2008 1:51 a.m. PST

Cheers, some good stuff in there. I hope Brigade Models expand the range.

CooperSteveOnTheLaptop23 Apr 2008 2:03 a.m. PST

Yes, more lovely things to manfully resist adding to the lead mountain!

Alan M24 Apr 2008 10:26 a.m. PST

On this subject, the links were fine. However, I can't find any source (in English anyway) that sets out how the Belgians were organised. They had Line, Grenadiers etc.

How were they brigaded/fielded?

Any help much appreciated.

Alan M24 Apr 2008 11:43 a.m. PST

Oh, actually one of the links had the info I wanted.

Saturday Night Soldier Inactive Member28 May 2009 1:13 a.m. PST

I hope this link will help:

onmilitarymatters Sponsoring Member of TMP28 May 2009 12:19 p.m. PST

A related book you might be interested in:

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Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2009 1:28 p.m. PST

Here are some uniform photographs


fraserk11 Jul 2014 4:18 a.m. PST

Hi All,

The above thread is so dated now most of the links are broken.. Can anyone tell me did the early Belgians wear the same Horizon Blue as the French or was it darker?

Any 28mm painting guides or advice for Belgians would be very appreciated!

fraserk20 Jul 2014 2:35 a.m. PST

I discovered through other threads here that French 1914 uniforms wasnt horizon blue, it was the same dark blue as in the Franco Prussian war.

Would I be right in guessing that the Belgian blue in WW1 would actually be this colour??

Karl 72 Inactive Member31 Jan 2015 7:52 a.m. PST

1914: A very dark blue almost black for the Belgian overcoats with light to mid grey trousers. The shako has a black oilskin cover with a coloured pompom.

1914: The French overcoats in 1914 were a mid to dark blue, a dark royal blue. Officers wore black jackets. red trousers. I have mixed a couple of my French infantry with their red kepi's showing for a bit of variety as well as some having dark blue over trousers.

Kris Van Dyck Inactive Member01 Feb 2015 7:04 a.m. PST

I placed a painting guide for Belgian 1914 infantry on my facebook page, have a look here!


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