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"Confederate Ironclads: Deck Color?" Topic

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian13 Jun 2020 7:07 a.m. PST

Looking at artwork, I see decks in light brown, medium brown, even gray.

What color are your decks?

Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2020 7:16 a.m. PST

All of those. I vary my deck colours quite a bit

Legionarius13 Jun 2020 8:11 a.m. PST

Whatever color was available and all kinds of natural woods affected by weather and water damage among other things.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2020 8:23 a.m. PST


martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Jun 2020 9:46 a.m. PST

Very pale.
Much of the wood was poorly seasoned and cheap.


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2020 10:50 a.m. PST

Grey-brown reflecting what MG said above.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2020 11:03 a.m. PST

All of the above (except pink grin).

I think realistically they would vary, even on the same ship over time. Many Confederate ironclads spent long periods sitting around waiting for engines, guns, or an opportunity to sortie, with little or no no crew aboard. The deck was probably changing colors during this time.

The wood used would vary the color too. Teak and pine and oak are different browns, and age to different grays. Some ironclads were built with re-purposed wood from other ships, buildings, railroads, etc. which would probably be pre-seasoned.

That said, I tend to paint the wooden decks of my warships in a "team color". I pick a particular gray-tan or gray-brown wood color I like and make all the decks of the nation or fleet or grouping in that color. The deck is a major fraction of what a wargamer sees because our POV is from above, so painting the decks in "team colors" helps to identify friend/foe or my squadron/your squadron at a glance without squinting at the flags or the sides in shadow or the lettering on the base.

- Ix

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2020 4:50 a.m. PST

I also follow YA's policy for my ships of all eras. Most other folks don't even notice but it helps me.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2020 9:34 a.m. PST

I still say pink. All the photographs, are B/W so it's no way of know.

von Schwartz17 Jun 2020 5:43 p.m. PST

So…what's wrong with pink?!?!

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