What Colours to Use Part 2: Paint

If you are new to the blog, or new to painting ECW figures - welcome. Now go and read what colours to use first, as this entry will make much more sense if you read this second.

Caveat: I paint true 15mm figures and apply a heavy wash of Citadel Nuln Oil. These colours work in this setting, with the heavy black wash subduing the colour a bit. If you are starting painting out different sized figures you might need to go brighter or slightly darker depending upon size of your figures.

A number of people have asked me what colour paints I use for certain regiments or a particular item. So here is my attempt at converting the colour chart found in part one into a brand and colour of paint.

I must confess that I am a fan of Foundry and Coat d'Arms (Cd'A) paints, so mostly I have identified their paint colours. If you are a fan of other brands there are a number of paint comparison charts available on the web, one of the best is Dakka Dakka.

Other colours I use (that don't fit the colour swatches):

  • Foundry granite 31C
  • Foundry arctic grey 33A
  • Railmatch weathered black
  • Foundry metal 35B
  • Foundry blackened barrel 105C (for blackened armour)
  • Vallejo Game Color glorious gold 72.056
  • Cd'A chestnut brown (good for brown hair)
  • Cd'A linen (good for blonde hair with a wash of Citadel Agrax Earthshade)
  • Cd'A unbleached wool
  • Foundry buff leather 7B (good straight from the pot, gets even better with a wash of Agrax Earthshade)
The Colour Swatches:

These pictures  were taken at the Sealed Knot Cropredy 375 event, the colours are those available using natural dyes available during the seventeenth century. I am indebted to the Sealed Knot reenactor for her hard work, and her patience talking to a numbskull like me.


  1. Great bit of research! And thanks for sharing it. I know you got help from the Sealed Knot lady but you then had to find the good paint matches and add the info to the pictures of wool.
    Good work sir!

    1. Thanks. Consider it karmic payback. I've used other people's work to help me on my way. If mine can help someone else, brilliant.

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  3. I've got to say this is a cracking article. Plenty of food for thought.

    1. Thanks, happy to hear it's been useful.


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