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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2015 8:28 p.m. PST


Do you paint all the horses in a single unit the same colour or do you paint them in a variety of (appropriate) shades?

tkdguy09 Jan 2015 8:32 p.m. PST

I painted them different colors. Having them all the same color would have made things easier.

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2015 8:44 p.m. PST

I do a variety, various browns with black, dun, white or grey in singles. That being said I have painted units with the same color too.


rustymusket09 Jan 2015 10:38 p.m. PST

I painted my Union cav horses the same except officer and bugler. I painted my Confederate cav horses in various colors since they supplied their own mounts. Officers different than the troopers.
With other armies I had painted horses uniform in color for each unit.

chuck05 Fezian09 Jan 2015 11:18 p.m. PST

I like to paint them in a variety of colors. I just like the look better.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2015 3:23 a.m. PST

You've been in this hobby for quite a few years & think you know it all…

@ rustymusket: what a good idea. I'm still painting ACW & will do this in future. Thanks.

Timmo uk10 Jan 2015 4:29 a.m. PST

ECW all different.

Napoleonic similar except for officers and some musicians. I paint all my horses wet-into-wet so no two are ever alike even if based on the same colour palette.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Jan 2015 5:17 a.m. PST

I use different ones, but usually they are all variants and shades of a specific color. Like a local tone pallet. That makes them look like they came from the same horse farm. Officers often get different colors.

combatpainter Fezian10 Jan 2015 7:14 a.m. PST


wrgmr110 Jan 2015 9:56 a.m. PST

All differnt except for buglers, which are usually white.

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2015 3:04 p.m. PST

I usually try to find 3-4 shades of brown that are similar and use those to vary the horses. Tails and neck hair get another set of colors that contrast with the base colors of the horses. Then I vary the individual markings like leg and face markings.

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2015 8:56 p.m. PST

Different colours. Heavy cavalry have few chestnuts and bright bays. Light cavalry have more o these two colours.

Try to introduce variations in blazes and socks.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2015 3:42 p.m. PST

Different colours, I follow the old WRG guidance of a mixture of browns, with 1-3 white socks, rarely none and rarely all 4.
1 in 4 is a bay.
Blacks are occasional, Greys are a mixture, as they usually start off in life as a dark slatey grey, then move to mottled, then to white as they age.
Unless they are a unit of greys, I usually reserve them for musicians.

Of course, some cavalry tended to prefer different mixes, and where known, I try to represent this (EG Horse and Musket Heavy cavalry tending to like darker horses, or all Greys)

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2015 4:50 p.m. PST

Different colors. For the most part I use Howard Hues equine set of colors.

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