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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Bydand! A Painting Guide for the 1st Bn, Gordon Highlanders, Part 2

Whenever I paint a new unit or start a new period that may be a bit daunting, I like to paint a test figure or figures to try out the paint schemes. This time I only had to use one figure! The next unit I'm painting for The Men Who Would be Kings is the 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders using the following figure packs from Perry Miniatures: SB 26 Gordon/Cameron Highlander Command and SB 27 Gordon/Cameron Highlanders, standing high port from their metal Sudan Range.

So let's paint a kilt! Remember when painting a kilt, unless you want to go insane, is that it needs to look good from a gaming distance.  If you are like me and have difficulty painting a straight line, don't worry about it!  It does not have to be perfect to look good on the gaming table. There are folds and pleats and the wind blowing - plus I don't let anyone game with a magnifying glass.

I always paint the tartan pattern last. We all make mistakes when painting, and it would be a shame to accidentally put a blot of paint on the best tartan you ever painted. In Part 1 of this painting guide, I painted the base color of the kilt Vallejo Dark Blue. In real life it should be darker, but lighter colors look better at gaming distance.

1. Dark Blue base. As I mentioned, I used Vallejo Dark Blue.

2. Vertical black lines on the front - no vertical lines needed on the back of the kilt. You may have noticed that I am making the lines larger and wider apart than they would be for the actual tartan pattern. The goal is to make a good looking gaming kilt, not to have your head explode. I used Vallejo Flat Black.

3.  Horizontal lines all the way around the kilt.  With the Perry figures I thought 3 looked good and I added an extra at the top in the back.

4. Paint a dark green inside the black lines. I used Vallejo Flat Green which is not too dark.

Whoops. Missed a little bit by the sporran which will be easy to fix. I just remembered also last time I decided I was not happy with the way the hose turned out and decided to repaint them. One of the nice things about acrylics is that they are easy to use to fix what you want to fix. I painted over the hose with Vallejo Flat White.

5.  Dab a light green "square" where the green intersects.  At this scale the square does not have to be perfect. I used (trumpet fanfare) Folk Art Moss Green because that's what I had. Actually, for a lot of small details, I use craft paints as an inexpensive alternative to hobby paints.

6. Use a pale yellow or light brown and make vertical and horizontal stripes on the blue. I used Vallejo Ochre Yellow.  Remember, no vertical stripes are needed on the back of the kilt. If adding the next step of lines seems too daunting, just leave as is - it'll still look good.

7. Ta Dah!  Ready for the table. You may notice that in a few places the lines are a bit fuggling; but at gaming distance, who cares?  He will fight just as well on the tabletop. I decided to use Contrast Blood Red for the hose and just leave it at that - it'll look fine with out the cross hatching on the hose.

Do a little cleanup and use your favorite basing technique and a devil in skirt is ready to take on all comers.

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