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McKinstry Fezian20 Aug 2018 8:13 p.m. PST

I've found very good generic information about hull colors of sailing ships and quite a bit for the Battle of the Nile but I'm coming up empty for Trafalgar (or Cape Finisterre 1805 for that matter). I know Santissima Trinidad was in a red with white trim and some sources say Santa Anna and another Spaniard were in all black (although the yellow trim may simply have been faded) but I've nothing for the British except Victory and Royal Sovereign in the Nelson chequer.

Any help for any other schemes specific to a ship for either side would be greatly appreciated.

Timmo uk21 Aug 2018 2:58 a.m. PST

I don't think many are known. I'd use what you have for the Nile then improvise for the rest. Nelson chequer become popular after Trafalgar, I guess in memory of the man.

Victory is often depicted as deep yellow and black but relatively recent research has proven that in 1805 she was a pale pinkish yellow and dark grey.

Santissima was red and black with thin white lines between these main colours.

jimcdaw21 Aug 2018 4:52 a.m. PST

Here's a picture of the color they think Victory was at Trafalgar.


Personally, I'm not fond of this color scheme.

Timmo uk21 Aug 2018 5:28 a.m. PST

Me neither but it's authentic for the time frame.

whitejamest21 Aug 2018 5:33 a.m. PST

British ships were ordered to paint the iron bands around the lower masts yellow rather than the more common black, to aid in identification in battle.

21eRegt21 Aug 2018 6:08 a.m. PST

The Trafalgar Companion has large color illustrations of a large number of the combatants, including some frigates. At least that's my recollection. I'm away from my collection at the moment.

McKinstry Fezian21 Aug 2018 6:22 a.m. PST

I appreciate the help. I have the Trafalgar Companion and I guess I'll fill in based on common schemes. I'll do Victory to match even if I think that pale tan/pink/gray is kind of meh.

Heedless Horseman Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2020 7:43 p.m. PST

So..that is 'Flesh' and 'Off Black'!
Might actually work better in scale, than more yellowish and Black! And the masts in 'Iraqui Sand'?

(And I thought that ACW 'Union' Blue or Nap 'French Blue' was complicated for land uniforms! lol.)

Pics can vary with settings, or processing…daylight does, too! Paintings are art, not a guide to modellers!

Rather think…just 'do as YOU please'!

(Also, though not a 'Gamer'…if an opponent 'Really HATES' the colour scheme on a TARGET…he might focus upon it…'Tactical Advantage'! LOL!!! )

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