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Anton Ryzbak Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2016 6:42 a.m. PST

I am still grinding away at my Lace Wars project, much to my relief I found a few units that wore something aside from the grey/red/blue that dominated the palette of the era.

The Danish Garden til Fods were resplendent in straw colored coats with carmine facings and cuffs. Wargames Factory infantry in 28mm.

Take a look here link

As always suggestions, criticism and ideas are welcomed

Hafen von Schlockenberg Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2016 9:42 a.m. PST

Ooh, I like that! I'll be doing that unit in 10mm.

RogerC Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2016 1:19 p.m. PST

Cracking. I am doing Great Northern War with a coule of friends and my friend doing the Danes is oabout to start these using the same Wargames Factory figures, hell be pleased if they look as good as these.

Anton Ryzbak Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2016 8:14 p.m. PST

I made myself sit down and finish them before the Holidays take over my life here is the whole battalion link

I doubt that I will be able to get anything further done this year :(

Old Grunt Inactive Member21 Dec 2016 8:42 p.m. PST

Those look great. I'm actually doing the same unit for the 9 years war. If you don't mind me asking, what color or colors did you use for the coats?

Anton Ryzbak Supporting Member of TMP22 Dec 2016 6:39 a.m. PST

Old Grunt, I used Americana Paints from Hobby Lobby, I'm at work right now but when I get home I will grab the bottles and post them.

Basically I do the blocking in solid colors them add washes of darker colors to create shadow effects. I'm very old-school and make my own washes using Future Floor Wax and water based paint. Usually one for the flesh and then a darker one overall.

DHautpol22 Dec 2016 6:40 a.m. PST

Very nice indeed.

I've painted a few units of these myself and found a way of reducing the effect of the rather short thick calves on the figures. Rather than depict breeches and stockings, I opted to paint them as if the stockings were being worn over the top of the breeches like gaiters; the single colour has the effect of slimming and lengthening the legs.

A friend of mine re-enacts around this period and tells me that it is much more comfortable to wear the stockings outside like gaiters as it prevents them getting bunched up under the breeches.

Anton Ryzbak Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2016 6:02 a.m. PST

Old Grunt, I posted a photo of my paints to the blog.
Here is the list of colors from Americana
Marigold (coats)
Alzarin Crimson (cuffs)
Honey Brown (belts)
Flesh Tone (skin)
Russet (gunstocks and wash base on the flesh)
Burnt Umber (hair, and mixed with the Russet, for the overall wash on the figure)
titanium white
ebony black
Cadmium Yellow (sashes) this is the only paint outside the Americana range because it is the only yellow that covers worth a darn (and I still need to undercoat with the Honey Brown)
And, of course, the ever-present Future Floor Wax, for washes and sealing.

larsend13 Inactive Member24 Dec 2016 4:43 p.m. PST

The Danish "Prince George Regt." also wore the Yellow Coats withh red cuffs with white stocks and were part of the Guards Brigade.
the "Dronnengen (sp) The Queen's Own in a pickle green coat with white cuffs was also part of the same brigade.

9th Maine25 Dec 2016 12:08 a.m. PST

larsend13 – what is your source(s) for this highly questionable information?

Anton Ryzbak Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2016 10:35 a.m. PST

Sapersteins's book on the Danish Army of the period lists a Guard Unit as having light green coats…..I will dig it up when I get home. I toyed with the idea but couldn't get any better info on the color so I opted for the "straw" color with carmine cuffs.

Anton Ryzbak Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2016 2:06 p.m. PST

Let me correct myself, the book I was using is C.A. Sapherson "The Danish Army 1699-1715" ISBN 1 870445 71 6. This slim volume was published in 1989 by Raider Books, there may have been a bit of research done since that time so it may be in need of correction.

He lists the "Prinds Georgs Regiment" as wearing "pale green coats" up to 1701 after which they switched to light gray. These troops waistcoat, breeches stocking and lining were all orange.

The same source lists the Dronnigens Regiment as having a "red coat lined yellow, gray waistcoat and breeches. White stocking and cravat"

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