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  • #77630
    Ivan Sorensen
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    So I have a bunch of 2mm blocks from Irregular and the intention is to paint some up in various bright colors, then have them basically stand in for whatever army looks remotely like that.

    F.x. “The Blue Army” could be American civil war Union one day and Danish 1864 troops the next.
    Probably Napoleonic French too, if need be.

    So here’s where I turn to you lot for help:
    How many armies from the black powder period could fit each color?

    White: Napoleonic Austrians.

    Green: Napoleonic Russians.

    Red: Napoleonic British.

    Blue: Napoleonic French. ACW Union. 1864 Danes.

    Grey: ACW Confederates. 1914 Austro-Hungarians?

    Anything else you can think of?

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    #77633
    Whirlwind
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    Blue: Prussians

    But since they will often be fighting French, then you may want to use a really dark blue, or even black.

    Also blue – Portuguese

    White: Napoleonic Spanish (although you could use brown and/or blue too)

     

     

     

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    #77647
    MartinR
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    Blue, Prussians. Danes.

    Grey, 1866 Austrians. Russians in greatcoats.

    Tbh, Blue and Grey covers an awful lot of stuff. Do some in lighter shades of blue and grey (aka “white”), an you’ll cover lots of bases.

    I shamelessly use my 2mm WSS stuff for everything from early TYW to Napoleonics. If I didn’t have lots of Nineteenth Century stuff in bigger scales I’d use it for that too. Just don’t look to closely at the flags.

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    #77648
    Not Connard Sage
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    White or blue coats can cover a multitude from the WSS to the end of the H&M period. The problem starts when armies start wearing fancy coloured trousers instead of white 🙂

    Red can be British along a similar timeline.

     

    Blue: Prussians But since they will often be fighting French, then you may want to use a really dark blue, or even black. Also blue – Portuguese White: Napoleonic Spanish (although you could use brown and/or blue too)

     

    Dark Prussian blue is waaaaaaaaay too dark for 2mm. I’d argue that it’s too dark for 6, 10 and very possibly 15mm as well. You can just about get away with it in 28mm with  good highlighting.

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    #77652
    Steelonsand
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    Burn the Heretic! -Burn him!  – I agree with Connard Sage that ironically it is the trousers rather than the coat colour that might be the limiting factor; once white goes out of fashion post Napoloeonic (or even during, for some) then you need to see the differences….. that said, how many of us worry about the smallest visible part of a 1/900th figure? Well, some of us maniacs do….. anyway, they’re your little men, so just go for it – throw in some blue coated red trousered  zouave types and you have French up to 1915, as well as many others – add some khaki blocks for later 19th, early 20th century, etc, etc…..

    #77658
    warwell
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    Blue – American Revolution Continental Army (US)

    White – pre-Revolutionary French

    #77705
    Ivan Sorensen
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    Anyone else in green?

    Did anyone else do the very dark blue Prussian style? I am pondering if black with some white drybrush might work but I’ll try it on one stand first.

    Good call on the pants being a concern, though I can probably fudge that. The blocks are small enough you can barely see the legs in any event 🙂

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    #77707
    Mike
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    What about interchangeable flags to help denote what army the blue guys are today?
    Even it if it is a simple as a flag on a teeny coin that is next to the base?

    >Not what you asked, just popped into my head..  sorry.

    #77708
    Ivan Sorensen
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    That’s a great idea actually.

    Maybe something can be rigged to the back of the stand, so you could attach a flag or something.

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    #77714
    Not Connard Sage
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    What about interchangeable flags to help denote what army the blue guys are today? Even it if it is a simple as a flag on a teeny coin that is next to the base? >Not what you asked, just popped into my head.. sorry.

     

    15mm round base

    2mm brass tube

    https://maccmodels.co.uk/materials-metal/brass-sections/brass-tube/brass-k-s-tube-metric/2mm-dia-brass-tube300long.html

    Steel pike/spear/flagpole

    Tell me I don’t have to provide a link to those 😉

    A flag

    http://www.maverick-models.com/flags.htm

    Drill the base, glue an appropriate length (oooer!) of brass tube in, attach flag to wire spear etc. , and insert into tube.

    Voila!

     

     

     

     

     

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    #77723
    Ivan Sorensen
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    That’s pretty shrewd, thanks!

    I suppose it’ll look a bit wacky since the flag will be bigger than the troop stands but thems the breaks in 2mm 🙂

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    #77728
    Not Connard Sage
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    That’s pretty shrewd, thanks! I suppose it’ll look a bit wacky since the flag will be bigger than the troop stands but thems the breaks in 2mm 🙂

     

    It needn’t be that large.

    Make the brass tube as short as practicable (10mm, including the part that goes through the base?), use a 6mm flag, and disguise/hide the tube and base with some shrubbery 😉

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    #77809
    vtsaogames
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    That’s so shrewd it might get me to go that route… no, no, must finish current projects.

    This too shall pass

    #80716
    Chris Johnson
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    White: Austrians 1848 and 1859; Russians 1905, Egyptians 1885 (fezzes might be a problem!)

    Red: Napoleonic Danes and Hanoverians

    Light Blue: Bavarians throughout, Austrians 1914

    Grey: WSS Dutch

    Many armies were composed of units which wore a plethora of uniform colors: AWI and 1812 Americans, 1846 Mexicans, GNW Russians, all ECW and TYW armies.

    #80739
    warwell
    Participant

    Here is another idea for an interchangeable flag (similar to Not Connard Sage’s post) – http://www.tinytintroops.co.uk/Res/2mm/2mm_general_diagram.htm

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