Sunday, March 4, 2012

Experiments in Uniformology

Experiment #1: darker purple uniforms.

Between the white gaiters (thanks Abdul), the darker purple and changing the facing to the complementary yellow, I'm liking these. I changed the small clothes to blue as well, in order to tie them more closely to their "Turkish" allies. I'm happy enough with this color scheme to be pretty sure I'll be painting up a unit this way, to see how they look in metal. Worst case scenario: you're looking at a battalion of the Ducal Guard.

Experiment #2: black uniforms.

Another sharp design. I changed out the banner to white, and made the small clothes red because I liked the red, black and white together. The downside is this: the Formulgalan infantry will be in grey, with red small-clothes. The identical small-clothes aside, I'd have one army in (more or less) black, and the other in grey. Not colorful enough, I think.

So, the experiments continue. I'll try Ross' suggestion of yellow uniforms next. I do like the look of the drummer from the "black" experiment very much, and that's close to what they'll look like.

More as I play around.

2 comments:

  1. Alexander gave his Companions a purple cape with yellow edging: a valuable precedent for any Guard unit!

    Black is convenient as a coat color since -just like white- it goes well with all possible facings / smallclothes colors; propitious to the use of 'unconventional' ones such as amaranth so favored by Murat, fuchsia, all these '-berry' used by streltzi...
    Gunpowder is dirty, so black would be specially fitting for artillerymen? Then, since artillery crew often dropped their coat in action, maybe more for smallclothes than for the coat itself?
    Even hereditary enemies such as France and Great Britain agreed to give blue coats with red facings to their artillerymen.
    Prussian line infantry was in dark blue, but with colorful variations not only on facings but on smallclothes: straw, buff, pink...


    As outlined by Ross, another underestimated coat color is yellow (a golden one being more glorious than, say, mustard). Yellow combines well with most other colors, allowing a wider palette for facings and smallclothes than most other hues.

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  2. Thanks Abdul.

    I've wondered for some time why the French and British used such similar uniforms for their artillerymen. Am I understanding you correctly, that it was to allow them to keep looking smart while working with black powder? The Austrians used dark brown during the Napoleonic period too. Regardless, dark uniforms for the artillerymen make sense to me. I'll keep that in mind.

    I plan to do experiments with both yellow and brown shortly.

    Thanks!

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