- 19/02/2018 at 12:40 #84897Sharpe_95Participant
New to the forum so ‘hello’. I was wondering if someone might be able to help me?
I am looking to paint up some Royal Naval ships (BB’s, BC’s, CA’s, CL’s and DD’s) from the World War 1 era (1/3000 scale). I am looking for some help defining the correct colors for ships in this period – being color blind, I find it hard to match them up at the best of times, but this period seems particularly difficult.
I normally work with Vallejo, Citadel or Warpaint (or a combination). Can anyone suggest what color schemes were common for the periods below and ideally any good matches with the aforementioned paint brands?
The periods I am looking to represent are:
1906-1913 (post-dreadnought ships, pre war)
1914-16 (early-mid war). I understand this will almost universally be ‘Battleship Grey’?
1916-18 (late war). I understand a ‘lighter’ grey was used – but can anyone recommend one?
Post war. I have a couple of ships (like Hood, N3 and G3) that were either never built or were built after the war. These will be used in hypothetical, but can anyone suggest a good color scheme for post war – or would it make more sense to continue with late war paint scheme on the basis the ‘war never ended’ or similar?
Very many thanks,
-Sharpe19/02/2018 at 12:41 #84898MikeKeymaster19/02/2018 at 16:48 #84917McKinstryParticipant
Mal Wright a very knowledgeable naval gamer and artist wrote this article on WW1 colors a while back.
Pre-dreadnoughts for the RN are usually depicted (if not in a wartime grey) in their Victorian colors of black hull, white upper works and a fairly bright yellow ochre for the funnels and masts. Google has tons of images to help get that yellow right.
I might caution that the smaller the scale, the darker a particular paint may look. For the 1/4800 and 1/6000 20th century ships I prefer, I always go a shade or two lighter in the grays as dark gray on a smaller ship looks almost black on the table and can hide detail. For what it is worth, I also use a white primer to help keep things a bit lighter.
You also may look up a member here, Yarkshire Gamer, who did a whole Jutland thing in 1/2400 and is quite skilled at WW1 painting.
- This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by McKinstry.
The tree of Life is self pruning.01/03/2018 at 19:25 #85714VolunteerParticipant
You forgot to mention Mal has authored a few books on the subject as well.🤓
"Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing"
Wernher von Braun08/03/2018 at 21:12 #86265EtrangerParticipant
Mal (who’s a mate of mine) tends to mix his own colour combinations, based on a lot of original research. McKinistry’s summary is a good one & I ‘d agree on the idea of lightening colours by a shade, using light gray rather than white as it doesn’t change the pigment colours.09/03/2018 at 06:00 #86274McKinstryParticipant
I’m familiar with Mal’s WW2 treatments of British/Commonwealth camouflage but if he’s got a WW1 book out there, where can I get it?
The tree of Life is self pruning.09/03/2018 at 07:27 #86279EtrangerParticipant
Only WWII versions published AFAIK, but I’m sure he’d like to do a WWI book if someone pays him!12/04/2018 at 04:20 #88548grizzlymcParticipant
His WWII Brit battleships book includes dazzle paint for R class BBs in WWI
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