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Stalkey and Co02 Apr 2022 7:21 p.m. PST

I'm wondering if anyone has a flat dark blue primer that would be suitable for Union. My first thought was black, or even a middle blue that could be darkened for the jacket and lightened for the trousers.

Still, never hurts to ask!

If it matters, this would be over plastic, for the Warlord Epic minis.


Martin Rapier03 Apr 2022 1:14 a.m. PST

I just did mine black. It makes a good base for the dark blue jackets.

45thdiv03 Apr 2022 3:20 a.m. PST

I like black primer as well.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2022 7:19 a.m. PST

Personally, I would not use a blue primer. I think the Testors spray "Navy Aggressor Gray" looks good for confederates. It provides a good base if you want to add some variation in trousers, etc.

d88mm194003 Apr 2022 8:28 a.m. PST

I use black primer on my 10 ACW. I find it gives me many 'freebies'.
The Union used a lot of rubberized equipment like blanket covers, backpacks and haversacks. Also the ammo pouch was blackened leather. And you have the Hardee Hat and the bill on the kepi. You get all of this for free if you apply your Vallejo Dark Prussian Blue carefully. Shoes for free too!

Perris070703 Apr 2022 9:18 a.m. PST

Exactly what d88mm1940 said!!! I then only have to highlight the coats with a medium blue and paint the trousers, muskets, flesh, etc. I work in 15mm scale.

Legionarius03 Apr 2022 3:34 p.m. PST

Yes. Blue for Union soldiers, dark gray and tan/khaki for various confederates. For that matter, olive green for WWII US, grey for Germans and tan/khaki for Russians. Painting is fun, but takes a long time. Any short cut helps.
Cheers and good painting!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2022 7:21 a.m. PST

If you do try it, let us know how it turns out.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2022 1:57 p.m. PST

Back when I was actually painting my Army Men figures for gaming, I used the plastic color, only painting the bits and bobs that differed in color: exposed flesh, equipment. I followed that with an application of Minwax Polyshades Urethane Stain (brushed on, The Dip Technique). It allowed me to paint 54mm figures incredibly fast! Unfortunately, the Minwax rubbed off after 10+ years. It was fantastic, for as long as it lasted. At arm's length, they looked superb, when on a textured base: link1, link2. Cheers!

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