Help support TMP

"French Line Artillery Painting Guide" Topic

6 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the Napoleonic Discussion Message Board

Back to the Napoleonic Painting Guides Message Board

Areas of Interest


Featured Hobby News Article

Featured Ruleset

Campaigns of Napoleon

Rating: gold star gold star gold star gold star gold star 

Featured Showcase Article

28mm Captain Boel Umfrage

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian returns to Flintloque to paint an Ogre.

Featured Workbench Article

Painting 1:700 Black Seas French Brigs

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian paints his first three ships from the starter set.

Featured Book Review

Featured Link

858 hits since 10 Jul 2020
©1994-2021 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

ccmatty Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2020 2:17 p.m. PST

Hi all. I am painting some Front Rank French line artillery. Not entirely sure about the collars and cuff colors. I have seen some examples where the entire collar and cuffs are red. Some where collars are solid blue and cuffs are solid red. I have seem some where the collar and cuffs are blue with red piping only. Which one is it? Or are they all acceptable?

I am painting 28mm (obviously) and would like to avoid piping (my eyes are too tired). I can do it but would prefer to not..

Anyhow, any help is appreciated. If there is a comprehensive and reliable uniform guide, can you please suggest?

Thank you.

ccmatty Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2020 2:23 p.m. PST

I should have added that I am working in the Borodino period…sorry.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2020 10:29 p.m. PST

Surprised I'm first here, but fear not, your mixed post is partly correct (officially), and period/ campaign doesn't matter:
- collars are blue with red piping only,
- cuffs are solid red, flaps blue, buttons brass.

Other variants do exist for the 'technicians' but not gunners per se.

If you don't want to do the piping ( I agree over 60 it's no longer easy) don't bother. At worst a thin slash of red on the back of the neck collar will suffice to fool anyone, as this is the most obvious visible location unless you pick up a base.
Regards davew

T Corret Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2020 12:45 p.m. PST

If you plan your colors, you can usually avoid trying to add a line between to areas by always cutting in on only one surface, i. e. face or hair color then red piping with only one line that has to be neat, and finally blue collar color, again only one neat edge. It works for me and allows brighter reds or yellows when they are over white primer not blue coat color.

Widowson14 Jul 2020 3:22 p.m. PST

T Corret has it right. That is the best way to handle piping. It works in most locations. But no matter how you slice it, piping is tough, which is why, in my opinion, we see so many French infantry in greatcoats.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2020 5:40 p.m. PST

Yeah, splash it on then recover with the next broadest shade.
Ok, but I also just updated to new finer brushes in 20 years so I'm good to go.
I had let the piping slip myself, but can now go on with a clear conscience… present if not perfect…

IMG_4471_ 3/3eme de ligne _1805
by DaveW, on Flickr

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.