Blue Moon Texians Skirmishing-Painted

Following on from the last post, here are the same figures painted. Naturally the bulk of the Texian Army was dressed in typical civilian garb of the 1830′s. I spent some time online, at the library, and looking at color plates to come up with a simple painting guide:

Coats- frocks were typically brown, grey, blue, or black. Sometimes collars,lapels,  cuffs, and pocket flaps might be a different color or shade of the rest of the coat-i.e. a light brown coat with dark brown cuffs, lapels, and pocket flaps. I do admit to being too lazy to paint them like this and no one would ever notice. The waist-length roundabouts/shell jackets appear to be most often a light shade such as off-white, tan, light grey. These garments originated as nautical work clothes so it’s possible they were left natural linen.

Waistcoats- During the summer waistcoats were sometimes worn without coats, but the Texas War for Independence was fought from October to April so if a waistcoat is visible it will appear worn under an open coat. These could be patterned silk for well-to-do gentlemen, or of plain wool, linen, or leather. Colors included  blue, red, burgundy, black, and brown.

Trousers- Typically wool in the colder months, but buckskin was also widely worn. Common colors were white, off-white, grey, black, and brown. A fop might have vertical stripes, but this was not too common.

Shirts-WhImageImageImageImageere visible shirts are most often white, but red flannel was also popular and appears on manifests of clothing that the Republic of Texas received from New Orleans. Some work shirts were left natural linen or sometimes dyed homespun fashion. Patterns were also sometimes worn-checks, stripes, etc.

Headgear-Felt slouch hats, planter’s hats, and ‘wide-awakes’ were most popular and practical, but stove-pipes are sometimes depicted. Various hunting and whaler styles might also be seen. The felt hats came in similar colors to the rest of the outfit: off-white, tan, brown, black, grey, etc. Bands could sometimes be a contrasting shade, but not always. Hunting caps could be made of animal skin in imitation of native Indian styles encountered in the Southeastern United States. Bright colors were unknown and likely frowned upon. (I frown upon brightly colored hats today!)

Shoes and boots-Mainly black or brown. The Republic of Texas also purchased russet boots that may appear as another possible color. Moccasins might be worn by frontiersmen.

Note: When I describe colors such as grey, brown, tan, etc these can vary considerably in shade.


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