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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2017 8:22 a.m. PST

The dread Orange Facings regiment.
Company of Military Historians plate showed a rather drab brown, while my Flags for the Lads Colours are nice Generic Orange.

Facings fade blah blah blah.

Who has painted these Lads, and what shade or brand of paint did you use?

Sysiphus Inactive Member14 Aug 2017 9:00 a.m. PST

Based on the factual; "blah blah blah", does the shade matter that much?

A nice shade of orange from Ceramcoat should do the trick.

02042 Pumpkin should look nice grin

Doug MSC Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Aug 2017 9:13 a.m. PST

I painted mine a nice generic orange. They stand out nicely from the other regiments.

Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member14 Aug 2017 10:29 a.m. PST

Orange was a notoriously difficult colour to achieve, and apparently even harder to retain – one reason the Dutch went from a blue/white/orange tricolour to blue/white/red. Most examples I've seen (there are some contemporary patterns of regimental lace available in the UK) suggest that, for ORs at least, the colour was most likely a light brown – that said, the patterns could have degraded over the last 250 years, despite being stored carefully. So whilst not infallible, I would go with the CoMH, who will probably have had access to those surviving scraps.

YMMV, obviously……

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2017 10:33 a.m. PST

I'm thinking Ceramcoat Terra-cotta might work.

Gnu200014 Aug 2017 11:13 a.m. PST

I used Vallejo orange-brown

Timmo uk14 Aug 2017 1:50 p.m. PST

Vallejo Light Brown may do the job. I've used it for ECW tawny-orange. I add red leather to it for the deepest shade.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member14 Aug 2017 7:30 p.m. PST

I'm going to use Humbrol's "Orange Facings" tin, of course! Or the closest equivalent if my old tin has dried up.

I want it to be readily identifiable as orange and not a rusty or buffy variant. Just issued from stores, nice and bright.

Salibaba14 Aug 2017 7:34 p.m. PST

I used Reaper Master Series on these. Can't recall the triad name, but I can look it up this weekend. It was the standard bright orange triad, except the base coat was from the HD line.


nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 10:55 a.m. PST


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2017 1:55 p.m. PST

Ceramcoat Terra-cotta

That's what I use for "uniform" orange of just about any period.


spontoon15 Aug 2017 4:12 p.m. PST

Got to agree with Ogdenlulimus. Ceramcoat Pumpkin.

Early morning writer Inactive Member15 Aug 2017 9:01 p.m. PST

One that sticks to metal seems right to me.

4th Cuirassier19 Aug 2017 5:58 a.m. PST

I had these guys years ago (Prince August homecasts) and just used a nice bright orange which was rather lost against the orangey-red coats. It is a bit of a conundrum but I think I would go with the terracotta idea.

Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member20 Aug 2017 3:57 a.m. PST

Further to my previous comment, I always think that WW2 German camo orange is just sufficiently subdued to look right for the 18th Century.

Rawdon23 Aug 2017 2:16 p.m. PST

I believe that the best source for British AWI (and SYW) facings is

This site shows the 35th's facing color as being a burnt orange. Vallejo paint 70.733 Orange Fluo from the so-called Hobby Range appears to be an almost perfect match.

Terry3727 Sep 2017 7:31 p.m. PST

I used burnt orange highlighted with a lighter orange I mixed, and used a thin wet brushed wash to highlight. If I remember the CoMH plate it describes the color as being a brownish orange in America. I have the plate an can check if need be.

A favorite Regiment for me!


42flanker28 Sep 2017 11:20 p.m. PST

"The Orange Lilies"

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