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HarryB196120 Mar 2018 6:30 a.m. PST

Apologies if this has been dealt with before. I've tried the search function but it won't work for me.
So, Hodden grey, how do you paint it at 28mm scale??
To be honest i'm really confused. If you look at the re-enactors, their clothing is virtually all and every shade of grey.If you search on Google, Hodden grey seems not to be grey at all but is fact brown. I'm just reading 'Scots armies in the great rebellion' by Stuart Reid and the colour plates in it depict a very light sort of beige colour. He even states that the 'slate grey' usually used is not correct. What colour do you paint your scottish troops ?? Is it to be grey or brown ??

GurKhan20 Mar 2018 7:06 a.m. PST

"Hodden grey" seems not to have even been a colour as such. See these two old TMP threads:

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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2018 7:14 a.m. PST

Good links.

I tend to paint up pretty much the same mix for Hodden Gray Scots I use for gray and butternut Confederates.

Terry3720 Mar 2018 7:36 a.m. PST

This is an excellent question, and one I have wondered about myself. I have collected WWI cap badges for years and the London Scottish kindly sent me a small piece of Hodden Grey as used for their kilts to put behind their badge. It is definitely not gray at all, but a medium taupe color as depicted in the second link above.



I agree that their would be lots of variation, but for me I tend to lean toward a brownish shade with a hint of gray – i.e. taupe.


Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2018 7:50 a.m. PST

Is it a grey or is it a brown? Yes or even a sort of yellow or nearly black. It was what you get if you are not willing or able to pay for geting anything in particular.


Edit:- or able added

Pictors Studio20 Mar 2018 8:32 a.m. PST

I usually do them in various shades of grey, not worrying too much from batch to batch that I use the same greys.

Guillaume deGuy20 Mar 2018 10:46 a.m. PST

Like Pictors I used a mix of greys and browns and don't worry about it over much. At some point the guys at Project Auldearn said, fifty shades of grey".

It is apparently a weave of various shades of natural wool in various proportions. As Terry points out it became more standardized on a shade of taupe latter.

FWIW I like Vallejo 70.987 (Medium Grey) as one of the primary colors.

Timmo uk20 Mar 2018 1:22 p.m. PST

As noted above it's a wool blend and one that hasn't been dyed. It's highly unlikely to be a consistent colour at the time of the ECW so I'd suggest you want to use a range of warm brownish greys. A grey that has an underlying blue bias will be far too cold a hue to look like natural wool.

HarryB196121 Mar 2018 2:03 a.m. PST

Thanks guys. A gold mine of information as always.

mildbill21 Mar 2018 7:21 p.m. PST

Paint it like just like you would tweed and you will be close. Especially in 15mm.

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