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  • #94014
    Jemima Fawr
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    My first 10mm Rebs are finally finished (Pendraken figures) and I’m happy with the results.  I painted them in three batches of 30+, with each batch taking 1.5 sessions from start to finish, so they’re about 50% slower to paint than the Union, but not insufferably so.  I’m normally someone who paints UNIFORMS rather than random shades of mud, so I was scratching my head at the start.  In the event, I did the first batch in jackets coloured two shades of medium and dark grey (some with regulation blue facings), then the next batch had two shades of light grey and one of light stone and the last batch then had six shades of various browns.  The trousers, hats and blanket rolls then had a whole range of colours thrown at them.  When all three batches were done, I then did some command stands and mixed the whole lot up before basing.

    I’m no expert, so would welcome some criticism!

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

    #94016
    Jemima Fawr
    Participant

    It’s occurred to me that those photos come out really small on the forum, so let’s try this:

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

    #94017
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Interesting. I found painting them was slower than the boys in blue also.

    #94026
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    To do Confederates right they need lots of browns.

    #94027
    Jemima Fawr
    Participant

    Cheers KB, but is that right?  I’ve been reading a lot of stuff on forums lately that ‘Butternut’ was nowhere near as prevalent as popularly assumed (a lot of ‘butternut’ items in museums now apparently having been chemically tested and shown to be faded/discoloured grey), with the Army of Northern Virginia in particular being better dressed than their mates out west.  I was going to go more brown, but having read a lot of discussions on the topic, I’ve hedged my bets and gone for roughly 50/50.

    I remember painting Lasalle originally in a lovely blue uniform that matched his uniform in Les Invalides that I photographed as a kid… Only to find out that it was originally green… 🙂

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

    #94028
    zippyfusenet
    Participant

    They look good, you had fun painting them, that’s what Confederates are about. Those Pendraken 10mm show more variety and detail than I’d expect. You’ve done them good.

    I think kyote is right and you’re right too. Most Confederate soldiers had uniforms and most uniforms were grey, which faded to a grey-brown-khaki = butternut. The multiple shades of brown are good for trousers, hats, blanket rolls, shoes and leather equipment.

    I don’t feel like counting buttons tonight. If you want to learn how, there’s plenty of free stuff online. Lots of books in print, too. The Ospreys numbered higher than MAA100 are pretty good. Here are some links if you wanna look:

    http://www.confederate-flags.org/index.html

    http://www.adolphusconfederateuniforms.com/confederate-depot-uniforms-of-the-department-of-alabama-mississippi-and-east-louisiana-1864-1865-part-i.html

    http://adolphusconfederateuniforms.com/confederate-depot-uniforms-of-the-department-of-alabama-mississippi-and-east-louisiana-1864-1865-part-ii.html

    http://www.military-historians.org/company/journal/confederate/confederate-1.htm

    http://authentic-campaigner.com/articles/walden/cd%20jacket%20pages/cdjacket.htm

    http://adolphusconfederateuniforms.com/free-article-downloads.html

     

     

    You'll shoot your eye out, kid!

    #94029
    kyoteblue
    Participant

    It is true most of the Confederates I painted were for the Tras-Mississippi. They were mostly homespun browns after 1862.

    #94030
    Jemima Fawr
    Participant

    Cheers guys. 🙂

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

    #94092
    McKinstry
    Participant

    They look good and are a sensible mix of grays and brown. I commend anyone with the patience to do armies where to look best individual figures end up being a bit different. I’ve done Gauls in 10mm and 6mm and after the first 1,000 or so, I just hated the process of doing each a bit different and yearned for nice orderly Romans.

    The tree of Life is self pruning.

    #94093
    Jemima Fawr
    Participant

    Cheers.  Oh yes, Celts (and Persian cavalry) were an absolute killer for me and I didn’t get very far with those… It’s also why I avoid the Jacobite Rebellions like the plague, even though the subject interests me…

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

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