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edmuel200008 Jul 2020 5:19 p.m. PST

Hello, all,

As the topic indicates, I'm researching gun carriage colors for Ottoman artillery in the Russo Turkish War. I've seen one source showing green, and another showing a sort of gray/blue. I'm not entirely convinced about either.

Any information would be appreciated.

Ed M

bdweeks09 Jul 2020 2:04 a.m. PST

Ed, Have you seen this site?

Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Jul 2020 4:42 a.m. PST

Yes I also used this image to paint medium green my 18th century ottoman guns – although now I think that perhaps a light olive green would have been a nice alternative, from an aesthetic point of view at least…

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2020 5:56 a.m. PST

From the very bottom of the link from bdweeks:

"Traditionally, the Ottoman imperial army's artillery ​gun carriages were painted light-grey."


edmuel200009 Jul 2020 9:28 a.m. PST

Thanks, gents.

Yes, Bruce, I had seen that resource, which is one that shows them as green--but it also shows some in gray as you scroll down, which brings us to Jim's point--which brings me full circle to my question.

It seems clear that either will do, probably.

Given that Russian and Romanian artillery carriages are green, I think I'll go with the light gray to set my Ottoman guns apart.

Thanks for the input, gents!

Ed M

GJ170212 Jun 2021 11:21 a.m. PST


If you're looking for variations to set guns apart, I found a Romanian reference recently that noted the Romanian guns were painted a reddish brown color…basically a red oxide color (per Order No. 17, April 1869). The official recipe was 95% English red and 5% black. They painted the entire gun in this color, including steel barrels. Bronze barrels were left unpainted. The gun and battery numbers were painted on the trail in white (ex: "5/IV", which indicated 5th gun, 4th battery).

Caissons, limbers, and wagons were also painted the same overall color, but the metal pieces were painted black. (No discussion why they didn't use black on the guns.)

It's possible the guns and mortars the Russians provided/sold to the Romanians during the war may have retained the light green color at least initially. (speculation on my part)


Clays Russians26 Jun 2021 11:55 a.m. PST

I recently saw a reference on the web (oh I can't find it now) but quoted Turkish artillery painted a "turquoise colour" . I think I'd take that with a grain of salt.
Does anyone have any idea what color Turk gun carriages were painted in the Crimean war?

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