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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2012 11:51 a.m. PST

This is a very interesting article about horse colours for painting.


Hope you enjoy!.


138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2012 11:59 a.m. PST

Thank you cousin, that is a useful article.

14Bore21 Jun 2012 1:17 p.m. PST

glanced through it, saved it, and won't paint another horse until I read it through out

Jovian121 Jun 2012 3:17 p.m. PST

I'm very lucky, I just go out on the deck with a cell phone camera and take a photo of a horse or two and then go back inside and paint them. Nice article though – and I agree with what is stated therein!

Hugh Johns21 Jun 2012 4:35 p.m. PST

Very basic approach, except for the daft idea that a black undercoat will somehow simulate the dark flesh of a real horse better. In nature, don't see the flesh, you see the light reflecting off the hair. On the tabletop, you will get a more luminescent color with a white undercoat.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2012 12:48 p.m. PST

Glad you had enjoy it boys!.


Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2012 1:01 p.m. PST

Very nice. I tend to paint all the horses of a unit the same color and then add some variety with blazes, socks, etc. This guy has some great tips.

TKindred Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2012 3:03 a.m. PST

I also use a white undercoat for horses. Much better final product, IMHO.

Bottom Dollar23 Jun 2012 4:30 a.m. PST

Yes, thanks for the article. Always good to get resources on horses. I'm leaning towards John the Greater's approach to cavalry units. All the same color with some variety in the lesser details. Interesting what they say about the hooves. When I've seen horses I've noticed how they often stand out distinctly, but not always.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2012 10:58 a.m. PST

I had the same experience like you Bottom Dollar.
They are all different but not at the first look, you had to see the details.
Love horses.


14Bore23 Jun 2012 1:27 p.m. PST

Just recieved my Nat-Geo. There is a small artical that cave paintings in France show Appaloosa horses. It says the current thought was they are a newer breed but have DNA proof that they date from 23,000BC. Paint away!

Bottom Dollar23 Jun 2012 5:46 p.m. PST

Tango wrote: "They are all different but not at the first look, you had to see the details.
Love horses."


Bottom Dollar24 Jun 2012 3:46 a.m. PST


I really oughta paint some hooves this summer

Early morning writer24 Jun 2012 9:31 a.m. PST

Not my find, but I keep it book marked as the best source I've seen for painting horses (can't actually post the book I have), and what variety no more excuses for not having enough different ways to paint horses with this:


Okay, maybe it is better termed a "color" guide but who'd of thought – 19 different appaloosa patterns!

14Bore24 Jun 2012 1:54 p.m. PST

Thanks all and especially Early Morning Writer, now I'm going to need more cavalry

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