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Pete Fry14 Mar 2018 10:55 a.m. PST

Looking for tips on how to get that brick red colour for ECW troops. My understanding is that it is a lot less vibrant and more orangey than redcoat red (I use vallejo burnt red/flat red/vermillion for redcoats).

MajorB14 Mar 2018 11:12 a.m. PST

Stick a bit of orange in your redcoat red.

Timmo uk14 Mar 2018 2:47 p.m. PST

Use Vallejo 029 Red. Add black to it and do so in increasing amounts to get your tones. This works and gives you the chance to make a whole range of cohesive red tones that look convincing for ECW wool based uniforms.

I suspect the real thing varied in hue from batch to batch let alone company to company. It's thought that at the time of Naseby a lot of the NMA weren't in red at all but rather in the coats from the previous armies and regiments they served in. So for troops coming from Essex's army this is most likely to have been grey.

In short we don't know for certain and we really don't know how orange a brick red they wore. The colour was apparently called venetian red you can go to an art shop and buy that colour, it's more brown than orange IMHO.

If you find a nice historical red brick wall you could copy all the colours of the bricks.

Supercilius Maximus16 Mar 2018 11:43 p.m. PST

I would support Timmo's view of Venice Red – it is very close to Red Oxide, which is analogous to rust.

pikeman66628 Mar 2019 2:47 p.m. PST

I paint campaigners, so there are always some with faded coats, and there is always mud,

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