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Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2019 10:58 a.m. PST

Hi all,

I have been reading about the Habsburg army in the 7YW, but am confused as to the colour of the uniform coats.
Some places its a sort of fawn colour, Osprey books show a slightly brownish mid grey they describe as 'Wolf Grey'.
I am sure some of you have researched this, so I would be most grateful for a definitive answer!

Thanks in advance!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2019 11:04 a.m. PST

Well, the bug strikes again

Austrian gunners wore a lightish brown coat (often called fawn) – might fade to a greyish colour but it certainly was intended to be brown

That's how I paint my Austrian gunners

JimDuncanUK24 Apr 2019 11:06 a.m. PST

Hi Herky

Like all died cloths the brown coats as worn by Austrian artillery crews were subject to weathering so the brown colour would vary quite a bit.

I use the Foundry Chestnut triad and they seem fine to me.


von Schwartz24 Apr 2019 6:04 p.m. PST

Brown…ish, Dutch have red lapels and turnbacks, Austrian/German no lapels and brown turnbacks. I agree with the bit about the original brown being rather mousy and washed out.

Extrabio194724 Apr 2019 6:42 p.m. PST

This subject was covered pretty thoroughly in a recent thread on Der Alte Fritz's Fife and Drum Forum. Winterfeldt provided some very good, primary source information.

Period prints and surviving uniforms show a grey coat with a tinge of brown. I believe it's what we would call "Earth Grey." It's not the same color that was worn in the Napoleonic Wars.

von Schwartz26 Apr 2019 12:26 p.m. PST

Yeah, it was referred to as fawn, light brown. The Austrian miners and sappeurs of this period did have light grey or blue-ish grey uniforms. After several months, or sometimes even weeks, in the field, in the sun, the rain, and the dust they would tend to fade. Keep in mind this is in the day before colorfast dyes. Reds became pinks, blues became grays, everything else became a mish-mash of muddy colors.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2019 4:14 p.m. PST

Thanks guys, I think I will go with this colour (after Knotel)


von Schwartz28 Apr 2019 12:44 p.m. PST

Like we said…fawn… (smile)

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2019 2:18 p.m. PST

Ah, but there is Fawn and Fawn – I think I would describe the Knotel colour as light brownish grey!

von Schwartz28 Apr 2019 6:27 p.m. PST

Well now your just being picky!!

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2019 3:34 p.m. PST


von Schwartz04 May 2019 5:34 p.m. PST

Naaaw it's obviously greyish brown!

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