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von Schwartz20 Nov 2019 7:44 p.m. PST

Since we're talking wagons and baggage trains here, I was wondering did the armies of this period have ALL their baggage wagons painted the same color? I know the artillery train, limbers, and caissons, etc. were all painted in a specific color, i.e. Prussian-blue, Austrian-yellow/ochre, and so forth. But what about the general supply wagons, were they also subject to this color scheme?

ecaminis Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2019 7:49 a.m. PST

I have no historical basis for painting my wagons in the national artillery color, but it helps to differentiate the countries wagons. They were likely just old wood color, but a table full of grayish-brown wagons would be boring.

Zephyr121 Nov 2019 3:32 p.m. PST

I don't think the poorer folks would go to the expense of painting wagons. But there may have been exceptions… ;-)

"Oh! Just look at that Hans! He put a racing stripe on his hayrick!"

14Bore21 Nov 2019 5:26 p.m. PST

One thought is bare untreated wood doesn't last long in weather, it sucks up moisture, drys out to much.
Planning on getting some wagons for a little later period but going to paint them national colors.

von Schwartz21 Nov 2019 6:49 p.m. PST

Well my issue is that I plan on having 4-6 nationalities. Prussian, Austrian, French, and Western Allies and I'm trying to save a little by using generic wagons.

rmaker21 Nov 2019 9:31 p.m. PST

For the 18th Century, most of the wagons outside the artillery (and possibly engineer) establishments were provided by civilian contractors, who would paint their equipment (or not) as they saw fit.

leidang22 Nov 2019 9:49 a.m. PST

I did mine in various browns and greys. I keep them generic so I can use them for any nationality.

von Schwartz23 Nov 2019 7:16 p.m. PST

leidang – that's EXACTLY what I'm trying to do here. Buying wagons can get expensive, artillery train I do in national colors but I only do 2-4 depending on the size of the overall force. The train I like to include cuz we often use them for victory points.

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