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nnascati Supporting Member of TMP30 Jan 2023 5:12 p.m. PST

Strange question maybe. Has anyone come up with a way to represent tweed clothing? I'm talking about 28mm figures.

JimDuncanUK31 Jan 2023 5:38 a.m. PST

Are you talking about tartan or regular English tweed?

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2023 7:51 a.m. PST

Ooh, fun!

I would do it with spray paints a base coat in one shade and couple of different shades with a light spritz from a distance on top. Then brush paint other details.

I've done camouflage on small scale figures with this technique.

Martin Rapier31 Jan 2023 8:24 a.m. PST

Normal tweed is just a thick wool material so I paint it like any other cloth. If it is patterned, then it gets patterns.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2023 1:09 p.m. PST

English tweed. I'm panting up a Copplestone mini to represent Nayland Smith.

JimDuncanUK31 Jan 2023 2:00 p.m. PST

English tweed, so that's fairly plain, especially in 28mm.

Maybe a very subtle check.

Good luck.

The figure on the left of image is the nearest to tweed I have done.




forrester31 Jan 2023 2:00 p.m. PST

Ive only attempted this twice [one of them being the 11th Doctor] and just did a brown jacket and some vertical dark lines to hint at a texture or pattern. Im sure more skilful painters can do better.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP31 Jan 2023 2:03 p.m. PST

I'm probably crazy to even think about it.

colkitto01 Feb 2023 2:11 a.m. PST

If you looked at the tweed at a distance in real life would it not just appear as an overall uniform shade which is a blend of the various colours? If so Jim D's solution looks ideal.

I did some Stars and Stripes for my 1/3000 Spanish American War US fleet once. I didn't paint the stripes (or the stars) but did a pink flag with a blue rectangle in the corner. It looked OK to me …

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2023 1:59 p.m. PST

I had the same basic issue with my 28mm Spanish for 1898.

They have a blue and white pinstripe uniform.

After looking at some examples and even a shirt one of the maintenance staff was wearing. I decided to go with a duck egg blue. The figures are viewed from a distance and the colors fade together.

Zephyr102 Feb 2023 11:09 p.m. PST

I think the biggest problem would be tracking down a brown paint shade that matches (the dominant color of) tweed. If the mini's clothing has a texture, I'd do the base color with a wash of the lesser color, then drybrush…

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2023 1:01 a.m. PST

I've tried using a very splayed brush and only using the tips of the bristles, to create a non-uniform "speckled" pattern that seems vaguely tweedish. This in 25mm scale. But I've also used the same technique with large brushes on some cement statuary. It seems OK.

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