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Windward22 Jun 2008 7:01 a.m. PST

Hi All

I'm going to go down to the store and buy (well fill in the holes in my collection of Vallejo) the recommended paints from the Vallejo ACW set:

Vallejo paint set number 11 for ACW includes the following: 807, 844, 845, 865, 877, 896, 907, 908, 925, 928, 940, 950, 951, 953, 961 and 990.

The question is which of these blues to use for Union coat and trousers?

807 – Oxford Blue
844 – Deep Sky Blue
907 – Pale grey Blue
925 – Blue
961 – Sky Blue

807 and 907? I'm not sure.

ataulfo22 Jun 2008 7:17 a.m. PST

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Ooh Rah22 Jun 2008 9:03 a.m. PST

For Union, I've mostly used Vallejo 807 for coats and 844 for trousers. Lately, I've tried Ceramcoat Midnight Blue for coats and Blue Jay for trousers, which seems to be a close match to my various sources, including Troiani.
I've used 907 and 961 for Confederates but not Union. I don't have 925 in my collection of paints, so can't comment. I paint 10mm and my goal is to use colors straight from the bottles without mixing.

KatieL22 Jun 2008 11:13 a.m. PST

I like 807 for the jackets and 844 similar for trousers.

The blue for the jacket was dyed with indigo -- probably using the "Pencil Blue" method to get the dark colour. Indigo has a definite purplish tinge to it. I don't know what they used for the light blue -- it could have been indigio again with one of the lighter dying methods.

I use "Oxford Blue" for Napoleonic French as well -- again, they were using indigo.

925 is a good candidate as well -- If I paint ACW in bulk I might be tempted to do a mix of 807 and 925.

Ooh Rah22 Jun 2008 6:47 p.m. PST

Oop, it turns out I do have Vallejo 925, I just don't use it much. At one time, I mixed 807 and 925 to produce a really nice color for Union coats. I think the ratio was 3 parts 807 and 2 parts 925, but that's from memory and I've lost my notes, so I'm not too sure about that ratio.

Minondas22 Jun 2008 10:15 p.m. PST

I've used Vallejos you mention for my 6mm minis. You can see some pictures on my sadly neglected homepage:
hem.bredband.net/b524563

Go to Miniatures/ACW/Adler ACW review I. I used Oxford blue and Light Sky Blue for uppermost minis. Minis in the middle are painted with 925 Intense Blue.

Windward23 Jun 2008 9:08 a.m. PST

Just for grins, do the Vallejo painting kits come with a guide or just the colors?

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