American Civil War Zouaves in Kepi

1:72 Scale Uniform Painting Guide

American Civil War Zouaves

Miniatures

  • Union Infantry and Zouaves, 1:72 Italeri 6012
  • ACW Zouaves, 1:72 HaT Industrie 8004
  • Zouave Command in Kepi, 15 mm Blue Moon 15ACW-39
  • Zouave Command (kepi), 15 mm Old Glory 15ACW039
  • Zouaves in Kepi, 15 mm Blue Moon 15ACW-38
  • Zouaves (kepi), marching, 15 mm Old Glory 15ACW038
  • Zouaves in Kepi, advancing, 15 mm Blue Moon 15ACW-107
  • Zouaves (kepi), advancing, 15 mm Old Glory 15ACW107
  • Zouaves in Kepi, firing line, 15 mm Blue Moon 15ACW-108
  • Zouaves (kepi), firing, 15 mm Old Glory 15ACW108

Union Zouaves in Kepi 1861–1865

Regiment Jacket Vest Sash Trousers Kepi
The Salem Zouaves
Coy. I, 8th Massachusetts
dark blue; red trim dark blue; red trim dark blue; red trim red
11th Indiana
Wallace Zouaves
grey; red trim dark blue red grey red; dark blue band
14th New York
Brooklyn Chasseurs
dark blue; red trim red red red red; dark blue band
Coy. D, 19th Illinois
Ellsw. Zouave Cadets
dark blue; yellow trim dark blue; red trim red red red; blue band
23rd Pennsylvania
Birney Zouaves
dark blue; red trim dark blue; red trim dark blue; red trim dark blue
33rd New Jersey dark blue; red trim dark blue; red trim dark blue; lt. blue trim dark blue dark blue; red band
44th New York
Ellsworth's Avengers
dark blue; red trim red dark blue; red trim dark blue
72nd Pennsylvania
Baxter's Fire Zouaves
dark blue; red trim dark blue; red trim light blue; red trim light blue; red band
95th Pennsylvania
Gosline's Zouaves
dark blue; red trim dark blue; red trim red; tan gaiters dark blue; red band

Confederate Zouaves in Kepi 1861–1865

Regiment Jacket Vest Sash Trousers Kepi
Maryland Guard Zouaves dark blue; red trim red dark blue dark blue; red trim red; blue band
2nd Maryland
Infantry Regiment
dark blue; yellow trim light blue; yellow trim red dark blue; yellow trim yellow; blue band
1st South Carolina
Regiment of Rifles
Charleston Zouave Cadets
Chichester Zouaves
McClellan Zouaves
gray; red cuffs gray; red lace red; yellow badge
Italeri and HaT Industrie Zouaves are easily converted to represent regiments wearing the kepi. Suitable heads with kepis may be scrounged from a variety of ACW infantry sets produced by Airfix, ESCI, IMEX, Italeri, and Revell. The Italeri set of Union Infantry and Zouaves has braided kepis which work well for officer conversion. Zouave officers often wore a uniform which differed from that of the men. Regulation frock coats were common, with red trousers, braided kepis, and Confederate style cuff lace.

Yellow or red braiding on dark blue Zouave jackets looks particularly striking if the braid is painted white first, and then stained in the appropriate colour. The stain should have a milky consistancy, allowing it to flow into and completely cover the white undercoating.

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