A comment rail on a recent post over at analogue hobbies moved off on a tangent on painting highlanders. I'd be interested in hearing how others conquer the kilt. My personal approach has always been to forget the details and get the big picture right. While the actual tartans have a lot of detail up close, from any distance when the kilt is being worn and thus moving constantly, the details merge into a blur of earth tones. Therefore I treat a tartan like a camo pattern - a base coat with a regular semi-contrasting blotchiness on top. If I get a checkerboard or line pattern into the mix, so much the better but I certainly won't beat myself up for not getting them if the overall looks good from a distance.
Somewhere in in a rubber maid in my basement I have 25mm colonial highlanders from 3 regiments, 2 in kilts and one in trews. If I get a chance to dig them out and take a photo I'll post them later. Until such time I'll make do with the following historical photos.
|Yes it's me, yes it's the 70s. 'Nuff said! I can't recall what tartan it was, but you can't tell from the photo.|
|Same city, but much less emotional scarring from modern re-enacters of the 78th at the Halifax Citadel. Regardless of the official pattern - it looks like very dark green with thin white line.|
|Black Watch reenacters and the tartan has almost merged into a solid dark green. Personally I'm far more worried about the dicing on the socks and bonnets.|
|Don't know which regiment of tartan but it looks like a dark rust background with a light rust line over top. And these guys are standing still, at a trot it would be just a rust blur.|