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Wellington's thin Red Line...

Postby Von Richter » Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:08 pm

Wot colour should it be!?
I'm back into painting Napoleonics and do recall that the Occifer's coats were a brighter red than the rank and file. I'm sticking with Humbrol enamels and wondered what number red the Brethren would recommend for both sets of coats. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Wellington's thin Red Line...

Postby Timmo » Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:18 pm

Well in Humbrol enamel if you don't want to mix you're very limited but I'd go for:

M60 for the officers and I think it's M70 Brick red for the ORs but they will look too brown so really you need to mix a bit of black into the M60 to get a better shade for the ORs.
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Re: Wellington's thin Red Line...

Postby Von Richter » Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:57 pm

Cheers Timmo, thanks for that.
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Re: Wellington's thin Red Line...

Postby grizzlymc » Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:26 pm

Brown, but I paint mine red.
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Re: Wellington's thin Red Line...

Postby mickthemagpie » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:57 pm

Are there not surviving examples of coats from the era that were, in fact, red?
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Re: Wellington's thin Red Line...

Postby BaronVonWreckedoften » Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:11 pm

Sssssh!!!!
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Re: Wellington's thin Red Line...

Postby MarshalNey » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:54 pm

mickthemagpie wrote:Are there not surviving examples of coats from the era that were, in fact, red?


Yes, I've seen one or two and they appear to made for 10 year olds - either that or waistlines have exploded of late.
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Re: Wellington's thin Red Line...

Postby BaronVonWreckedoften » Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:39 pm

Quite often they are "pattern" coats that were sent around to contractors; alternatively, they may have been made for younger soldiers (either "a child of the regiment" or an underage/undersize recruit enlisted on the understanding he would grow) who outgrew them. Other explanations are that they are coats made for servants in the style of the master's regiment - there's an alleged AWI-period Foot Guards coat in the National Army Museum that has one or two giveaway clues in this regard.
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Re: Wellington's thin Red Line...

Postby MarshalNey » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:22 pm

The one I saw was in Carlisle castle museum I think. I can't remember what the description said.
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Re: Wellington's thin Red Line...

Postby PatG » Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:24 am

A lot of decent period Victorian gear can only be found in small sizes because the regular sizes were used until they were worn out and given to the rag man. It may be the same here.
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