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Craig Hebert
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Now this is admittedly a small qualm but why was "Red" the chosen color for the South?

I realize Red is more vibrant but it just doesn't fit here for me and is glaringly "off" that I really do think I would just paint my blocks Gray as they should be.

Thanks in advance.
 
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If you look at old maps of the battles, the actual blocks are colored blue and red, not gray. The color choice is historically accurate.
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Here's some examples from some guy named Jed Hotchkiss, who may have had some clue what color Confederate uniforms were but chose red anyway...


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http://www.simmonsgames.com/products/Gettysburg/diary/Entry2...

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1009043/choice-of-red

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Asked and answered:

Red blocks?

Choice of Red?
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Thanks for the links I know maps of the period, I have the excellent Battle Maps of the Civil War - Maps by David Greenspan - and didn't actually recall the use of red. Just dug it up and voila - there is is.

So I understand now for the 2nd time that the designer chose this style evocative of the old battle maps.

I'm too young to be senile and I actually thought i had asked this question before lol. I skimmed the forum for my name and alas did not see it.

So, hopefully, I will not ask a 3rd time in 2 years.
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JacquesDeMolay wrote:
...I would just paint my blocks Gray as they should be.


Many wargame designers and graphic designers have painted their counters "as they should be" and the result was aesthetically and functionally horrible games, with counters matching or being very close to the colors of the map.

I realize that with blocks this would be less of a problem, but still it's so nice to have these live and intense coloring which functions perfectly. I also love that this time Mr.Simmons let himself more free and painted the map a live green tone. If you put the maps of Bonaparte at Marengo, Napoleons Triumph and Gettysburg in that order, a gradient is formed from white to green.

I also appreciate the earth tones of Baptism at Bull Run. But when I finally decide to put this one together, I will paint the blocks also red and blue.
 
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We tried various colours of gray and quickly realized the very same thing that mapmakers have known for centuries: It doesn't add to the realism when you can't distinguish the map features.

In the end, we had an awesome gray picked out, and then we saw it on the map. yuk
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In general with military battle maps, blue is the color of the good guys and red is the color of the enemy.

For World War 2, the Allies are usually depicted blue and the Axis red.

The North won so....they are Blue.

The game graphics mirror a classic battle map.
 
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Momoshiro wrote:
In general with military battle maps, blue is the color of the good guys and red is the color of the enemy.

For World War 2, the Allies are usually depicted blue and the Axis red.

The North won so....they are Blue.

The game graphics mirror a classic battle map.


Sorry, not true. Jed Hotchkiss, arguably the best mapmaker of the war, and a confederate, used red for the Confederacy and blue for the Union.


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Jed Hotchkiss you say? Hmm... that sounds familiar for some reason. arrrh
 
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dean_1230 wrote:
Sorry, not true. Jed Hotchkiss, arguably the best mapmaker of the war, and a confederate, used red for the Confederacy and blue for the Union.


Jed did use red for the Confederacy, but would you use the color of a blue devil for your army if you were Confederate?

In general, blue is the color of the side that you are on. Just check out the "West Point Atlas of American Wars". One of the best collection of battle maps I know.

 
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Momoshiro wrote:
dean_1230 wrote:
Sorry, not true. Jed Hotchkiss, arguably the best mapmaker of the war, and a confederate, used red for the Confederacy and blue for the Union.


Jed did use red for the Confederacy, but would you use the color of a blue devil for your army if you were Confederate?

In general, blue is the color of the side that you are on. Just check out the "West Point Atlas of American Wars". One of the best collection of battle maps I know.



I would guess/bet that the British use/used red to represent their units.
 
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