Lie de vin
Posted by Martin on October 1, 2008
Lie de vin is one of those evocative French phrases used to describe a colour (along with others like aurore and cappuchin). It’s meant to be a reddish-purplish colour often translated as a wine dregs. My interest is that it’s the facing colour for the French 13th cuirassiers and I’m planning to paint some sample Perry figures in the livery of this unit. The challenge, of course, is finding some suitable paints for it.
The Vallejo range offers quite a few colours in roughly the right territory – VMC985 hull red, VMC926 red, VMC817 scarlet, VMC945 magenta and VMC958 pink but none of them quite seem right. Some are too brown, some are too red and some are too pink – if you see what I mean? None of them seem, well, winey enough. So I ordered the wine stain red triple from the Foundry range and they arrived today (along with some other colours to make the order worthwhile). In passing, I’m very pleased with the efficiency of the online ordering and dispatch from Foundry though the P&P costs seem a bit steep.
Anyway, the accompanying photo shows all the paints discussed here and hopefully gives you an idea of the subtleties of the various shades. At least, that’s how they look in the bottle. The next step is to try out the Foundry shades for real over some black undercoating.