French Blue

Posted by gbvarese on 13 Jan 2018, 11:35

Dear forumers,

I've been painting French troops for decade and I realize that I've never deepened the question of the most correct blue to use. Some years ago Master Color produced a specific colour defined French blue but I frankly can't remember whether it was really adequate. Perhaps the question has already been dealt with in the Forum in the past.

Have you got any suggestion on such a subject?

Thanks. Giovanni.
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Posted by Peter on 13 Jan 2018, 17:44

Giovanni, lots of blue colors are good as long they aren't to dark!

I use:
- Games Workshop Ultramarines blue
- Revel 56 acryl blue
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Posted by FredG on 13 Jan 2018, 20:22

This is the one I use

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Posted by MikeRC97 on 14 Jan 2018, 17:49

I use the Foundry French blue triad but I find the base is too dark so I use the light (color 65C) for the base and the base (color 65B for the shade). For highlights I mix in Citadel Dark Reaper to the base color and for second highlight I mix in Citadel Thunderhawk Blue into the highlight mix.
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Posted by Mr. Andrea on 14 Jan 2018, 23:10

I use GW Mordian blue (now Maccrage blue) as base and Ultramarines blue (now Altdorf Guard blue) for highlights. For a second round of highlights I mix ultramarines blue and white.
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Posted by gbvarese on 15 Jan 2018, 22:57

Dear All,

Thanks a lot for your unvaluable suggestions

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Posted by Beano Boy on 16 Jan 2018, 01:14

I often add a black to blue, then highight it with just blue. However I do not claim to be a good painter. BB
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Posted by Zed1 on 16 Jan 2018, 07:03

That blue would be okay. You could vary some tones lighter or darker as well - those days, uniforms were not manufactured industrially and therefore, not every blue looked the same. As manufacturers also used different sorts of dye, the colour fading process made uniforms from different manufacturers turn out to look much different after a longer period of time.
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