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MiniPigs14 May 2019 10:12 a.m. PST

Does everyone here like just one shade of blue coats for an ACW union army?

Or, is there a margin of art that some union units can have different blue coat shades?

Or, that the jacket blues within a given unit can vary in color/shade/hue to represent fading vs newer coats? Sort of a Union version of ragged rebels.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2019 10:20 a.m. PST

I think I prefer them uniform.

Mr Jones14 May 2019 10:58 a.m. PST

I'm going to paint my Union in varying shades as I think that's how they would've looked, especially after being in the field for a while.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2019 11:37 a.m. PST

I used GW space marine blue. Bought a bunch of bottles in the 80's & used them forever. Not sure if the new blue would be the same.

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2019 11:39 a.m. PST

I have 2 shades of dark blue for the coats and tops / hats..
I have 2 shades of light blue for the pants.

they're not drastic differences in the colors but it's there.

I use them indiscriminately. So on the whole the army looks uniform but there's also variation. I also vary the colors of crossbelts, canteens, etc..

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2019 11:50 a.m. PST

15mm and under, uniform shades are uniform. At 25mm and up, I generally grab whatever I have which is in the ballpark, trying to get a different number of bottles for coats and trousers. If I have five bottles of dark blue, every fifth coat is the same color, If I have six bottles of trousers blue, it's every six bottles and only one casting in 30 has the same two shades.

Yellow Admiral14 May 2019 12:15 p.m. PST

My 15mm ACW collection is a mixture of paint jobs by different painters, so naturally it varies in shades and styles (and consequently also in poses and sculpting styles). I tend to compose units of figures with similar paint jobs, poses and sculpting styles, which makes it easier to identify unit boundaries on a crowded table full of vast fields of blue and mixed gray/browns.

- Ix

BrockLanders14 May 2019 12:39 p.m. PST

I used Howard Hues Union Blue for dark blue and Pants Blue for pants for my 28mm figs. For Union overcoats however I used a craft paint deeper blue just because I liked the way it looked

Personal logo Dan Cyr Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2019 7:00 p.m. PST

All colors would have faded in the ACW over time due to weather (rain and sun), plus the known cheap quality many manufacturers got away with. So a longer in line unit would have looked different from a new one.


WARGAMESBUFF15 May 2019 12:18 p.m. PST

I use three colours of blue for jackets, for the trousers light blue, a darker blue, grey and blue with a bit of green in it.

EJNashIII18 May 2019 7:39 a.m. PST

There were multiple shades in real life. However, at the level of miniatures, I would say they would be enough of a difference to be noticeable in 28mm figures, but not in 10mmm.

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