Painting Guide for the Thirty Years War

I have revamped, and split up, my painting guides for the Thirty Years War.

Painting Guides for the Thirty Years War:

German Field Signs

Imperial and Bavarian troops at the battle of the White Mountain used white symbols, particularly sashes and scarves. The enemy wore sky-blue.

Catholic League soldiers in the 1631 campaign wore a white stripe or ribbon around the arm or, alternatively, green oak leaves or straw.

In May 1632 Wallenstein ordered red symbols in his army, usually neck scarves or sashes. All other colours were forbidden on pain of death.


The 80 Years War (1568-1648) overlapped the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). See the Painting Guide for the Eighty Years War for Dutch.

English troops serving in the Netherlands wore uniforms (Heath, 1997). Most often with red or blue cassocks. Yellow and red facings are also mentioned – as it happens on a blue cassock.

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  1. These are very helpful. Thank you. I am just now embarking on a TWY project. I will be very interested in an Ottoman painting guide when you finish it.


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