By Rob Morgan
In my collection of 1/1200th American Civil War models, I have a number of blockade runners, rarely used in any game, but I like them. Mars and Banshee are delightful models, made by Skytrex and Navwar ages ago. But, I have just read a report on the Society for Nautical Research 2019 conference at Bristol. In an account of specialised gunboats being built for use against the Russian Baltic forts during the Crimean War (1854-56), the commentator writes of the intention to paint them in a form of camouflage:
“Blockade Runners were often painted ‘Mist Grey‘ to help them hide from Union blockaders in fog banks.”
Now, I didn’t realise that fog and mist were a prominent feature of the waters around the Southern ports of the Confederacy, but is this statement correct? If it is, can someone tell me what the shade of ‘mist grey’ is or was? I know that in this part of the world, occasionally flat white was used to hide ships. Can anyone help?