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Stacky13 Jul 2021 1:17 a.m. PST

I'm about to start painting up the French Irish Legion in 28mm for the Iberian Peninsular campaigns but not sure what shades of Vallejo green I should use. The images from a Google search shows examples from dark green through to light green.

Any suggestions how to approach this would be much appreciated.


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2021 3:23 a.m. PST

Green with vegetable dyes was notoriously difficult, Stacky, and faded rapidly. Simcoe of the Queen's Rangers observed that the dark green coats his regiment wore in spring faded enough to blend with autumn foliage come fall. I'd say use what green pleased you.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2021 3:32 a.m. PST

I painted that unit almost 45 years ago. On the advice
of a friend who had access to a color plate (and sorry
but I don't know who the artist was, how old it was
etc.) I used the same color as Tarleton's Dragoons.

Not necessarily the exact same shade since I mixed it
with white (it seemed too dark in the Tarleton green)
but it did serve and still does.

Prince of Essling13 Jul 2021 7:00 a.m. PST

Here is the Histofig plate:


2 part article was written by Guy Dempsey:

Andre Joineau drawings:








Korvessa13 Jul 2021 11:38 a.m. PST

Don't know if this helps, but I sometimes use several different shades in a unit in an attempt to illustrate what Robert is talking about.

Stacky13 Jul 2021 6:49 p.m. PST

Cheers, guys. Much appreciated comments.

Fred Mills14 Jul 2021 5:03 a.m. PST

Terrific references. Another unit to paint in 15mm!!

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2021 7:49 a.m. PST

This pic is in the shade but might be helpful -definitely on the darker side like that of French Dragoons:


Erzherzog Johann16 Jul 2021 1:28 a.m. PST

Here are some Vallejo 'triads' that might be useful to compare with the images people have posted.

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Marcus Maximus06 Aug 2021 6:29 a.m. PST

@John your links are just pointing back to the TMP header page.

SHaT198406 Aug 2021 3:03 p.m. PST

You cannot use some commercial paint makers interpretation of colours.
It is dragoon green, pre and simple.
Highlight as you wish, from base green.
Like the fake 'Russian jaeger' lime green, these also have been distorted by incomprehensible 'authors' with no proof.

Marcus Maximus07 Aug 2021 5:22 a.m. PST

@SHaT1984 totally agree. Weather (sun, rain), dirt, temperature, source of materials and dyes, all played their part on what a colour looked like, from pristine uniform to several months in the field. Like French Indigo Blue…. :)

Erzherzog Johann07 Aug 2021 11:55 a.m. PST

I don't know why those links are there like that. Can people see the images in my post? I put them up via postimages because imgur was refusing to upload anything. I can see them when I open the TMP thread.


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