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gnomehome14 Nov 2005 7:31 a.m. PST

Is there any manufacturer that produces a paint that matches hodden grey (a Vallejo number would be great, that's easy to get over here).

Pictors Studio14 Nov 2005 7:45 a.m. PST

I use Cel Vinyl Grey 30 as a base coat, then hightlight with Grey 20 and then highlight that with Grey 10. On bigger figures I may add another extreme highlight of Grey 5.

Griefbringer14 Nov 2005 7:45 a.m. PST

I somehow doubt that the Scots really bothered to standardise their shade of grey (though I am somewhat under the impression that it was usually defined as "cheapest you can get").


KatieL14 Nov 2005 9:50 a.m. PST

I use "London Grey", plus variations on it by mixing in white and black to get some non-uniformity along with a couple of other greys.

It's a nice mediumish grey, not too dark and not too light. Goes well with bright blue bonnets and green/red tartans.

I don't think it was actually even a dye — just what colour you get when you mix all the wools together. Plus it would get grubby and fade and stuff, so pretty much anything goes.

I tend to use varigated browns and tans for the trews to releive the greyness of the units…

willthepiper14 Nov 2005 11:47 a.m. PST

Hodden grey is simply undyed wool, so the shade will vary quite a lot from one sample to another. As Katie says, pretty much anything will go. Use a mix of different shades of grey for different figures, maybe with a brownish tinge added to some.

For moderns, Hodden Grey is a registered tartan, used by the London Scottish Regiment and the Toronto Scottish Regiment, and is distinctly tan in colour. link

gnomehome14 Nov 2005 11:51 a.m. PST

Everybody – thanks a lot for helping out !

daghan15 Nov 2005 9:43 a.m. PST

Try mixing the colours of the spectrum together; that usually turns out a nondescript grey.

reddrabs15 Nov 2005 2:08 p.m. PST

strangely thinking about that today so looked at some Dutch paintings (in books) and felt a grey closer to blue than yellow might do: which is not what i expected

combatpainter Fezian06 Feb 2013 4:09 p.m. PST

I use Cloudy grey, mix with fog grey and add a little rainy day grey.

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