Sunday, May 1, 2011

Victrix Highlanders - Again + 2

Here's a method that is fairly quick & easy to address the Highlanders' stocking & garter. It works for the way they're sculpted on Victrix models. Only a minimum of the stocking is exposed between the garter and the gaiters. All you have to do is paint the garter red and the top of the exposed stocking white.
With a black base coat, you can leave parts of it for black lining. On the white portion of the stocking paint evenly-spaced pink cross-hatching to replicate the checkered pattern of the stockings. Beneath the garter, there is so little stocking exposed that just black lining is left between it and the gaiters. You can paint the gaiter buttons a metal color, but I just dry-brush the entire area with a lighter grey - this picks out the buttons enough for me. This method obviously won't work for stockings that are more exposed - or for those without gaiters (like pre-Napoleonics).

So far - dry-brushed the bonnet feathers; dry-brushed the canteens a light greyish blue; and painted the hackles to represent line, lights and grenadiers. Also painted the white straps & collar & cuff lacing. This is somewhat contrary to the way I usually paint clothing. That is, I would normally paint the basic coat color and then paint the items that go over it. However, in this case, with the black base coat it actually seems to work better this way.


  1. Hi!
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  2. Stylish? - Oh my. Thanks, Dean

  3. How did you do those kilts!!? They look excellent.

  4. Thanks Paul; it's actually not as hard as it may appear. A basic dark blue base - followed by medium green stripes (for these guys 3 vertical & 2 horizontal do the trick); then a light green at the crossing of the green stripes; a lighter/medium blue dabbed in the dark blue; finally the magic Micron pen for the black lines within the green stripes. Actually not too hard to replicate en masse. I find the whites for all of the straps and lacing to be far more of a chore. Thanks again, Dean

  5. Very simple yet very effective. I'll take your techniques when I do mine (in 15mm)