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HappyHiker27 Mar 2017 2:55 p.m. PST

Bought a couple of highlander sprues from eBay to give tartan a go. It's a very simplified pattern but it looks ok I think. Made from 1 flank and 1 Center company sprue

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member27 Mar 2017 3:58 p.m. PST

Looks nice! You've painted a medium green stripe pattern over dark blue, is that right? Good base. Have you considered adding a very thin black overstripe over the green stripes? It will make the tartan really pop out.

JimDuncanUK27 Mar 2017 4:06 p.m. PST

Not bad for an Englishman but you've got the Union Flag back to front.

The tartan is passable though!

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2017 6:01 p.m. PST

What JimDuncanUK means is that the dotted line on the "fly" of the Union flag should be the part that wraps around the pole. The regimental flag is properly mounted on its pole.

Very nice paint job and a good representation of the tartan.


HappyHiker28 Mar 2017 2:58 a.m. PST

Good spot on the flag, I'll have to fix that. I did think about making the tartan fancier with a black line on each side, but I'm not sure it would really show up on the table top ? Maybe I'll try it on a skirmisher and see how it looks.

I'm getting better with my bases. This is builders sand, sieved and then painted with watery brown achrylic. The sand soaks it up but leaves the high rocks untouched, which means no Dry brushing!

Jabba Miles28 Mar 2017 4:06 a.m. PST

Nice work on the tartan as all have said.
One other thing that can make the flags look better is to colour the edges to lose the white line you get around the joins.


JimDuncanUK28 Mar 2017 4:51 a.m. PST

I use a marker pen to darken the white lines round the edge although sometimes I paint the edge if it will look better.

archiduque28 Mar 2017 9:27 a.m. PST

Very nice work!

HappyHiker28 Mar 2017 10:41 a.m. PST

yeah I'll have to try a marker pen on the flags, even a close match would be better than white. I do usually do that, think I must have rushed the flags. Bit silly after spending hours painting the darn things.

Lord Hill28 Mar 2017 11:16 a.m. PST

Nice stuff. I think the Grenadier coys and Light coys have different plumes – red over white, and red over green respectively.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2017 11:49 a.m. PST

Give yourself some credit for your colour party. You have orientated the King's and regt colours correctly, right and left. We'll forgive the rear rank.

The overall effect is great. They are instantly recognisable as Black Watch

Good luck with plumes for the Black Watch though. Centre, Grenadier and Light Company, pipers and drummers…no two references agree

HappyHiker28 Mar 2017 1:27 p.m. PST

Thanks. I did the plumes as per mont saint jean. Grenadier red over white, light company red over green everyone else red. It obviously doesn't show up on the photo. Taking better photos is a future project !

I reckon if it's good enough for mont saint jean it's good enough for me. I'm not knowledgable enough to argue different references.

Obviously colours wrong way round or sponge man on the left or mixing up yer voltiers with yer carabiniers is just out of order though. :-)

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2017 2:15 p.m. PST

Very nice and they should Grace your gaming board .

Khusrau30 Mar 2017 7:41 a.m. PST

One of the challenges with Black Watch is that the original tartan is so dark it is virtually impossible to distinguish the pattern when 2 metres away. Inevitably you have to exaggerate most tartan patterns to make it visible.


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