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Offline Gun bunny

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Re: Just not feeling my paint scheme
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2018, 08:52:14 PM »
 lol lol lol lol my wife said: who wants them to die they dressed them all in red !

also do you think darker blue pants might help you love the paint scheme more ?

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Re: Just not feeling my paint scheme
« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2018, 06:15:33 PM »
Thanks Thargor! I like them much better now.

Gun bunny - it's always been a bit mysterious as to why the English spent 250 years or so dressed in red... but hey-ho. But yeah, possibly, the blue I was using may be a bit light. It looks OK with the red coats I think, but with blue jackets too it just didn't look right.

Offline Genghis

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Re: Just not feeling my paint scheme
« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2018, 04:53:39 PM »
I feel your pain with just not feeling the original paintjob, I've had that many a time.  A much darker blue may have helped with the original marines/blue idea, but the new red jackets work as well. 

As an idea to let you keep a semblance of 'historical accuracy' regarding the uniform, maybe the Royal Marines' hierarchy vetoed the use of marines blue by these upstart Aetherines - and possibly banned the transfer of Marines into the new Aeronef troopers unit, forcing it to rely on soldiers volunteering to transfer.  This would account for the red jackets.

With regard to the photobucket situation, I've been using https://picload.org/, which works well enough to embed photos in this forum (& is much quicker than photobucket was at the end).

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Re: Just not feeling my paint scheme
« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2018, 08:26:17 PM »
 I plan on using Adrian helmets w/gasmasks on my warlord brits and paint them a green (Waagh Flesh to be exact) with tan pants and brown boots. Not sure about the helmet color yet.
They will be the 3rd VEF Highlanders and I just bought a female Hussar Commander and the Hussar robot from Hinterland (as lone survivors of a camp the Brits found). Should be a fun crew for IHMN.

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Re: Just not feeling my paint scheme
« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2018, 11:16:27 AM »
Genghis, that scenario sounds very likely, given how often the Army and the Navy were at loggerheads. As the real Marines were just moving over from red to blue, the Admiralty may even have done the new service a 'favour' by letting them have the old red uniforms for a consideration (might also help explain the mix of uniforms from about 1875-1900 in my VSF Brits!). Having them in red coats just makes them more flexible. I can say they they're Aetherines (or the Queen's Own Martian Infantry), or I can say they're a 'normal' regiment (the Royal North Surreys, fictional but plausible) who happen to be in Martian Emergency gear or whatever.

I'll check out picload, thanks.

Grendal, that sounds awesome. I love the idea of using Adrian helmets. I also have a Rifle Regiment (the Northdales Rifles, again a fictional regiment) in what I know as Dark Angels Green and you may know as Waaargh Flesh (not absolutely sure about that, but I don't really know the new colours), with khaki Glengarries. They also double as 'Uniformed Naval Infantry Territorials', based on back-projecting the 1970s version of UNIT from Dr Who to about 1880. I figured 'Rifleman Green' was probably the best late-C19th analogue for 1970s battledress, and couldn't resist the idea of Glengarries substituting for berets. I look forward to seeing some painted examples!




Offline Andy in Germany

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Re: Just not feeling my paint scheme
« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2018, 07:35:32 PM »
... it's always been a bit mysterious as to why the English spent 250 years or so dressed in red... but hey-ho...

I always understood it was because the important consideration was being able to identify the nationalities of troops from a distance. Muskets being pretty inaccurate at any real range the most effective way to use them was big lines and columns so hiding wasn't really the order of the day.  Having clearly recognisable coloured uniforms meant they didn't get a volley fired at them from their own side or run down by their own cavalry. As long as they clearly were not French, all was well.

Offline शेर खान

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Re: Just not feeling my paint scheme
« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2018, 03:45:31 PM »
never thought of rifle green?

or reserve army grey?

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Re: Just not feeling my paint scheme
« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2018, 05:17:06 PM »
Tropical whites?!




Or even, if it doesn't make you spit your tea out across the room... Khaki?


Edit: I know you've done them now, but just in case you have to do any more of this sort of thing, and hit an inspiration brick wall again.  :)

« Last Edit: May 08, 2018, 05:20:47 PM by Plynkes »
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Re: Just not feeling my paint scheme
« Reply #23 on: May 14, 2018, 04:56:40 PM »
Thanks for all the comments chaps.

Andy in Germany - I think the use of red goes back to the 'English Civil War' when not being identified as French maybe wasn't such an issue! I've also heard that 1-red dye was the cheapest; 2-it was so bloodstains didn't show up and 3-when originally-raised, regiments were outfitted by their commander (who could get the troops to wear yellow or blue or green if they wanted). I think you're right that red became the 'normal' colour for the British army to distinguish us from the French (we didn't fight so many wars against Denmark, it didn't matter that they adopted red jackets too) but it doesn't really explain why we went for red in the first place (I'm inclined to believe the explanation that it was the cheapest dye).

शेर खान - I'm not sure if you're saying you have never thought of Rifle Green, or asking if I didn't. I do have a unit in Rifle Green (well, Dark Angels Green really) which is my version of a Victorian UNIT unit, as I mentioned to Grendal. I didn't think of grey, no, but some of the grey uniforms from the Crimean War look pretty cool.

Plynkes, those white marine uniforms do look awesome - but white is bloody hard to paint. I do have some guys on the workbench with khaki jackets and blue trousers, representing a regiment in the middle of the change-over (blog post from 2013 when I started painting them - https://redorcsblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/wip-of-some-new-chaps.html), and originally intended to represent an early incarnation of the Wessex Rangers (from the 'Spearhead' TV show 1979-81-ish); they may see the light of day at some point.


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Re: Just not feeling my paint scheme
« Reply #24 on: June 15, 2018, 11:43:31 PM »
Very nice looking chaps.

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Re: Just not feeling my paint scheme
« Reply #25 on: June 22, 2018, 10:10:33 AM »
Thanks Jonas. They're lovely figures, I just wish that there were about 3 more of them - an NCO and a couple of specialists would be great.

They got me on a new painting kick which has since stalled as I've tun out of 'flesh' and haven't yet got round to buying any more - expect updates somewhat sporadically!