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Painting Napoleonic uniform details?

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by George123, Mar 22, 2021.

  1. George123 New Member

    Hi Folks,

    I am starting a 120mm Napoleonic Grenadier Guard General. I am attaching 3 screenshots of this kit (not mine) and was hoping I could get some tips as far as cutting in gold buttons, and other close in fabric painting you see in these photos? Some very fine lines there. Also in reality I think the gold color is probably closer to brass. Do painters use dry-brushing technique for things like the gold/brass on the collar here?

    I also do not have information for the back look/ back colors of this uniform and would like to be accurate. Any help would be appreciated as I do not have books on this yet.

    As always many Thanks.

    I'm finishing up the Monty bust as I get this going. I'm leaving the arms and legs off for far easier access in painting some details on this Napoleonic figure. I have learned the hard way on that.


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  2. arj A Fixture

    I'm sure someone will come up with full details for this figure.
    In the meantime, I came across a side view of this figure:-


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  3. George123 New Member

    Thanks Andrew,

    That helps a lot as I wasn't sure where the red began and ended on the back.

    And also that those two small things in the box are spurs.
  4. Fantomas A Fixture

  5. Richard Baxter A Fixture

    I think that this figure is modelled on General Dorsenne.
  6. Nap A Fixture


    Agree there Richsrd

    Here's som pics that might help George ( the actual uniforms are from a company called Empire Costumes )


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  7. Richard Baxter A Fixture

    Good refs there Kev.
  8. Nap A Fixture


    Hopefully of use Richard

    I reread it and Geordge has asked questions

    1.cutting in gold buttons ....after painting using metallics or NMM I put a wash around buttons

    2.gold color is probably closer to brass......a good painter to look at is Ivo Predo ( member here on PF )

    3. Do painter dry-brushing technique for things like the gold/brass on the collar here?......personally I don't preferring colour placement to achieve effects

    Hopefully others will also answer better !

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  9. George123 New Member

    Thanks for the additional references.
  10. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter

    I usually paint the gold areas in gloss black first, then the gold colour on top, if the details are complex and shallow mouldings then i use an army painter soft brush and 'buff' it onto the details.
  11. Babelfish A Fixture

    Good tip that Steve, I do the same with all metal colours (sometimes using matt black, depending). It gives you much better depth & dimension.

    - Steve

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