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Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2020 5:00 a.m. PST

Does anyone know what colour the French ambulances were painted? I can't find a good source on the web although I note most people paint them natural wood.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2020 5:45 a.m. PST

I think natural wood as well – have seen this is some paintings but not sure if they were contemporary

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2020 6:13 a.m. PST

Most illustrations seem to show them in a cream or light buff colour. I think it unlikely that they would be left just as natural wood and would probably have been painted or prepared in some way for protection. Stained wood wood be most likely which is what I attempt.

As an alternative, some of the fancy Guard ambulances were painted artillery green.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2020 8:39 a.m. PST

Those fancy green Guard Ambulances (and they do make great models) are Second Empire alas. Ochre is right I think. Certainly seems universally accepted now

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2020 9:55 a.m. PST

Thanks all. Ochre it is then.

Maybe paint the insides red so the blood doesn't show…

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2020 12:19 p.m. PST

I vote wood wood wood. ;-)
Messy… I doubt anyone 'actually' dismembered wasn't the kind of patient they carried…

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2020 2:04 a.m. PST

Wood quickly turns grey and then rots in the rain (in NW Europe anyway). It has to be stained, varnished or painted to survive any length of time. Paint is cheap and easily reapplied

grecian195921 Nov 2020 2:23 a.m. PST

Deadhead would the ochre be along the lines of Austrian Artillery colours ?

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2020 4:09 a.m. PST

Fascinating fact: Austrian ochre is still seen all over Austria today, and the colour is called "Theresiengelb" – "Therese yellow" – after the empress whose favourite colour it was.



It's the darker of the two shades evident.

No idea how it differed from French Ambulance Ochre, but personally, I always fiddle with colours a bit anyway so my tabletop doesn't look all VGA. I use Citadel Bubonic Brown
for Austrian ordnance so I will start from that.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2020 7:36 a.m. PST

I think Bubonic Brown is ideal and there are equivalents in Vallejo as any comparison chart will show. It may have changed its name now But I still have an old BB bottle.


A wash with Agrax Earthshade to bring out the detail and then drybrush over with the original BB.

That is actually a very interesting fact about Austrian Ochre! Always wondered why their guns were painted in such a distinctive colour

von Winterfeldt21 Nov 2020 9:28 a.m. PST

Does anybody know a contemporary image of a service de santé ambulance?

grenadier corporal22 Nov 2020 7:57 a.m. PST

We here in Austria call this special kind of dark yellow "kaisergelb" /emperor yellow or "Schönbrunner yellow" (after the palace).
"Theresiengelb" is completely new to me.

Personal logo Cardinal Ximenez Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2020 8:25 p.m. PST


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