Sunday, June 6, 2010

Victrix Highlanders - WIP + 3

Finished the dicing pattern on the bonnet band. At first I couldn't get the vertical lines straight, but then I broke down and used a new brush. The brush is among the many bought on the cheap when I was stationed in S. Korea about 5 years ago - there are about 10 or so left.

Here are the vertical stripes:
I used a tip from Peter J. Blum's "The Model Soldier Manual." A small booklet my mom bought me several decades ago when I was starting out painting model figures. I still have it - the publication date is 1971 by Imrie/Risley Miniatures, Inc.
The tip is to hold the figure upside-down when painting the vertical stripes on the bonnet band. This is to ensure the red line doesn't go past the band and onto the face. It probably works better for 54mm and larger figures, but I still used it and it was okay.

The horizontal stripes; I actually didn't run the line through the vertical ones. The area is so small, I just connected the horizontal stripes to where they touched the vertical ones.
Finally, a dab of light green mixed with a little dark green was placed at all of the areas where the red lines crossed.
So far, so good. I haven't spent a lot of brush time on these and the results are pretty satisfactory. I'm thinking that only the front rank guys' kilts will really be seen clearly as they'll be mounted four to a base. The rear guys' kilts probably will be hard to see anyway. I guess I'm saying if I mess the kilts up too bad, it won't be too noticeable - I hope. Next are the dreaded kilts.


  1. Very impressive - they look like a bear to paint!

  2. Thanks for the encouragement - it is welcomed! So far, this hasn't been much harder than painting any other type of uniformed troops. Dean