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EdwardR22 Mar 2016 9:10 a.m. PST

I am looking for some advice on painting Gallic tartans. I would appreciate hearing your techniques as these patterns seem somewhat daunting.

smolders22 Mar 2016 9:17 a.m. PST

Have a look around the net I believe there are some water transfers that remove the stresses of painting tartans. Perhaps one of the more sage persons on the forum can offer a link or company name to help you along.

EdwardR22 Mar 2016 9:21 a.m. PST

Thanks, I wasn't aware they made transfers for this, but I would like to try my hand painting them.
Thanks again

bilsonius22 Mar 2016 9:41 a.m. PST

Wait till the beginning of next month then look out for advertisements for tartan paint…

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2016 9:45 a.m. PST

A guide to tartans.

Zargon22 Mar 2016 10:42 a.m. PST

I think EdwardR is talking about Celtic types of tartan like clothing the best is to do your figures in their basic colours shade etc. Next paint fairly broad stripes down and across in a contrasting or darker colour, keep to darker drab colours for this then in the base colour paint through these stripes down and across this should give you a tartan like pattern, the secret is with this last colour use a thinned down colour and do the inner stripes a few times. This will lighten the inner colour more and more as you repeat. A bit laborious but looks good and worth the effort. You can put a contrasting square in the intersection lines. There you go sort of easy to do :)
Now on to me doing 40 odd Scotch kilts for the client. ( Blackwatch ocht!:)

JimDuncanUK22 Mar 2016 11:44 a.m. PST

Some information here:


Timbo W22 Mar 2016 2:15 p.m. PST

Ah I remember their advert in the April edition of Miniature Wargames

olicana24 Mar 2016 5:54 a.m. PST

I found it best to keep things simple.

I painted a dark field colour first, then a dark 'stripe' colour, then highlighted. Note I highlighted the stripe as a central square at the 'cross' plus separate adjoining / connecting lines. This gives the 'woven tartan' look, if you don't do this the pattern will look too 'flat'.

This works well for simple 'tartan'. If you do all of the field colour first (including highlight), then do all of the 'stripe' colour and highlight it you do not get anything like the same definition and effect.



It's a pretty quick and simple method. I did 546 Gallic types for my Punic Wars collection in no time at all,many in 'tartan' shirts. I avoided doing trousers because they are a pain to do. The overall effect does not suffer. Figs, BTW, are Renegade.


EdwardR24 Mar 2016 6:24 a.m. PST


Thanks for your input. Very nice paint job and the overall effect is great. What size bases are you using? I assume you paint in acrylics. What would you estimate (no time at all) for one figure.

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