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Dining Room Battles19 Sep 2023 2:45 p.m. PST

Over the years I have developed many techniques in painting highlanders. When I was younger (and had younger eyes) they were super detailed. One of the best units I painted was the 42nd Highlanders using the old Minifigs Napoleonic Highlanders in 15mm. When you got up close and looked at them, they looked fantastic. When gaming . . . well, I could tell they were highlanders but you really couldn't see the intricate, detailed painting. Now my preferred technique is to paint figures to what they look like at gaming distance. The above photo is not quite gaming distance but pretty close. By gaming distance I refer to "what does the figure look like when I'm standing or sitting around the gaming table playing a game." When I game, my eyeball is not next to the figure! Anyway, here is a technique, not the technique, but a guide that will hopefully inspire you to get some Highland regiments on the table.


Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2023 9:56 a.m. PST

Very nice work. I paint tons of Highlanders and clansmen and I think tartan hose or hose tops are harder than kilts. And trews are the hardest of all! Next to tartan jackets.

Dining Room Battles20 Sep 2023 11:52 a.m. PST

piper909 – Thanks! I know what you mean.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2023 8:53 p.m. PST

I shall make some better photos of my Colonial Highlanders soon and post them here, for more illustrations of the subject. I've done Black Watch, Gordons, A&S, Camerons, and 72nd (Albany's) for my armies of this time. My other interests include the 1745 Jacobite rebellion and other tartan-friendly eras.

Dining Room Battles24 Sep 2023 7:41 a.m. PST

piper909 – That sounds great.

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