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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2023 8:45 p.m. PST

"When you first start to ride, you'll likely only be introduced to a few horse colors unless you ride at a big stable. Knowing the names of these colors and the other colors you might encounter is a good idea as those around you will likely refer to them as they talk about the horses in the barn or elsewhere. If you ever watch or participate in riding competitions, being able to identify the colors can be useful. And it's always worth expanding your knowledge…"

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Michael May13 Mar 2023 7:13 a.m. PST

Very informative and helpful, thanks for posting these. I saved them to my favorites. Now I can get to work on my ACW officers and cavalry. :)

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2023 7:17 a.m. PST

Great info, I still dislike painting horses!

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2023 9:51 a.m. PST

I'm with you Raynman.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2023 10:02 a.m. PST

I am with Raynman and Shagnasty – great info and thanks for sharing, but I still hate painting horses (and I have about 30 on the table for an upcoming Boxer Rebellion game) – that being said, GW Contrast Paints have been a great aid to those of us who are lazy horse painters

0ldYeller13 Mar 2023 10:02 a.m. PST

Thanks Tango – very helpful.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2023 3:18 p.m. PST

A votre service mes amis…


Swampster14 Mar 2023 9:57 a.m. PST

"GW Contrast Paints have been a great aid to those of us who are lazy horse painters"

I was disappointed by them at first but found a bit of dilution really brings out the best in the darker browns. I have been really pleased with my most recent attempts.


Dagwood14 Mar 2023 2:19 p.m. PST

So the difference between Bay, Chestnut and Brown actually has nothing to do with the colour of the horse, but whether the tail, mane and legs are lighter, darker, or the same colour as the body ?

And there I was thinking Bay, Chestnut and Brown were actual colours! Silly me !

Dagwood14 Mar 2023 2:25 p.m. PST

The problem I have with painting horses with contrast paints is that a single coat will settle in low points and make them darker, whereas in a real horse it is the higher points that are darker, and the areas where the contrast paint settles should be lighter.

I am sure that a good effect could be obtained with lots of layers, but it is not completely straightforward.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Mar 2023 3:49 p.m. PST



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