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GARS190001 Nov 2017 12:06 p.m. PST

Has anyone ever tried to replicate the blue denim uniform of French Marines in the Boxer Rebellion? The Osprey on the period calls it "Mechanics Blue." Does anyone know of some specific paint colors that would work for this uniform?

Here's a pic for reference"


DyeHard01 Nov 2017 12:18 p.m. PST

Here are some 15mm ones I converted from Minifig British back in the ancient times:


The color would have been a Poly-S paint, some form of sky blue with very like dry brushing of a charcoal gray.

More old conversions here:

Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian01 Nov 2017 12:41 p.m. PST

Vallejo makes a Pale Blue Gray that works pretty well when given a wash with something like GW's Nuln Oil and then drybrushed.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP01 Nov 2017 2:12 p.m. PST

Agree – I would use a very pale grey with a blue or oil wash

SgtGuinness Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2017 1:03 p.m. PST

Gars1900, I painted these guys recently. They look darker in the pic than they actually are. The figs are WWI French with cloth helmet covers and painted as a Marine MG crew for my "The Hun The Frog & The Lion" project. If you like the look I'll check my painting log book and post for you.
There are a few other pics of them on my blog you can check out.



GARS190018 Dec 2017 7:09 p.m. PST

Those French look fantastic! What paint did you use?

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