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Pvt Snuffy10 May 2019 7:00 a.m. PST

*somehow, this got into the wrong forums…*

I am trying to plow thru this STUPID Osprey on the French Imperial army of 1870-71 and the uniform and rank details are randomly scattered thru the book and incomplete.

Anyone have a trustworthy source that just shows uniform plates and such of the French for the Franco-Prussian war?

The Prussian Osprey – by contrast – seems excellent. Sometimes it's like Osprey has a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde thing going on from one book to another [grumble].

Thanks to posters who somehow found this and replied thusly:
On a very simple level there is the two page painting guide released by Foundry from when they launched their 25mm range. They are reproduced (with permission) on the Vintage Wargaming blog here:


In fact this is the most visited post ever on that blog.

It might be simpler than you wanted but is a good place to start.

Baccus have painting guides online for their 6mm figures, which again may not be what you want.

On the French side there is the very recent Editions Heimdal L'Armee de Napoleon III, which is in a Histoire & Collections style. I've only glanced through my copy rather than used it yet but it looks very good and might be close to what you want.

Others will know more and better.

I second the reference to Heimdal's "l'Armee de Napoleon III." It has multiple color pages for practically everything. Despite the title, it also includes all of the Republican period uniforms as well, including over 100 plates of francs-tireurs. It's in French, but easily deduced without a dictionary. In cases where there was a lot of variation, as for the Hussars, each regiment has its own coverage. Assuming the French know the facts, apparently the campaign uniform for the Dragoons was green, not the "official" 1868 blue that everyone else shows.

Pvt Snuffy10 May 2019 7:21 a.m. PST

The blue on French uniforms…

Sometimes it looks almost like ACW Union Blue, other times it looks almost black.

What's the typical shade for the line units? not the guard and other special people who I bet have unique colors…

NapStein10 May 2019 7:43 a.m. PST

For French line units check these images in my (German) article about the Line Infantry 1870/71: link

Especially the b/w photo is interesting as it shows different shades of the cloak and the darker coat.

The official name of the cloak color was "gris de fer bleuté" (blueish iron grey)

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Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2019 9:22 a.m. PST

Try pintinterest. They have most Knötels and else.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2019 11:37 a.m. PST

French blue was quite dark

The official French general's uniform tunic was said to be blue, but it is four black threads for every blue thread

So very dark blue!

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2019 7:23 p.m. PST

Try this.


French Wargame Holidays11 May 2019 10:58 a.m. PST

The is a cracking volume of Napoleon the III army


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