PAINTING HIGHLANDERS

I have been asked by a few people recently about my painting of TARTANS on the Scottish Toy Soldiers exhibited on my site, so I hope these guides will be of use to you .

As well as the Tartans I have details how to paint the border on the bonnet, and the hose (socks)

Back views for painting kilts for 4 tartans

TARTANS

Government or 42nd Tartan

Paint Dark Blue all  over

 

Paint 3 horizontal bands in Dark Green.

 

Paint thin black lines to cross the Blue and Green.

 

Where the green bands cross, paint out Lighter Green squares.

Paint thin black lines through the green bands.

 

Back view of tartan


 

MacKenzie Tartan

Paint Dark Blue all  over

 

 

 

Paint 3 horizontal bands in Dark Green.

 

 

Paint thin black lines to cross the Blue and Green.

 

 

Where the green bands cross, paint out Lighter Green squares.

 

Paint thin lines in order: 
2 Black lines
1 White line
1 Red line

Back view of tartan


 

Gordon Tartan

Paint Dark Blue all  over.

 

 

 

Paint 3 horizontal bands in Dark Green.

 

 

Paint thin black lines to cross the Blue and Green.

 

 

Where the green bands cross, paint out Lighter Green squares.

 

Paint thin lines, 
Black through Blue, and
Yellow through Green

Back View of tartan


 

Royal Stewart Tartan

Paint all of kilt scarlet.

 

 

Paint double dark blue lines.

 

 

Paint thin yellow lines between blue lines.

 

Finish with fine white lines through red squares

Back view of tartan


 

Cameron of Erracht

Paint Dark Blue all  over, then thin black lines.

 

Paint out every alternate band in Dark Green.

 

Where the green bands cross, paint out Lighter Green squares.

Paint thin red lines as indicated.

 

 

Paint Yellow lines through the blue squares.


 

Hunting Stewart

Paint Dark Green all  over.

 

 

Paint out every alternate band in Green.

 

Paint Thin Green lines as indicated.

 

 

Paint Thin Yellow and Red lines through the Green.


 

LESLIE

Paint Dark Blue all  over.

 

 

 

Paint Dark Green bands 2/3, with 1/3 left Blue

 

Paint thin white lines as indicated.

 

 

Paint thin red lines through green squares.

 


 

DOUGLAS

Paint Dark Blue all  over.

 

 

Paint out every alternate band in Green.

 

Where the green bands cross, paint out Lighter Green squares.

Paint thin Black lines through the Green bands.

 

Paint thin White lines through the Blue bands.

 


 

LOWLAND REGIMENT DETAILS
(For the late 1800's)

Regiment

Facings

Headress

Tartan

The Royal Scots

Blue

Bonnet with blue, white and red diced border

Hunting Stewart

The Royal Scots Fusiliers

Blue

Bearskin
White Hackle

Government or 42nd

The King's Own Scottish Borderers 

Blue

Bonnet with green, white and red diced border

Leslie

The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 

Green

Shako

Douglas


HIGHLAND REGIMENT DETAILS
(For the late 1800's)

Regiment

Facings

Bonnet

Sporran

Hose

 

The Black Watch

 

Blue

Scarlet hackle, Scarlet, blue, white diced border

White with 5 black tassels

Red and black

Government or 42nd
Royal Stewart for Pipers

The Highland Light Infantry

Buff

Shako, Scarlet, green, white  diced border. Bandsmen - bonnet

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MacKenzie

The Seaforth Highlanders

Buff

White hackle, Scarlet, green, white diced border. Bandsmen - white hackle

White, with 2 black tails

Scarlet and white

MacKenzie

The Gordon Highlanders

Yellow

White hackle, Scarlet, green, white diced border.Bandsmen - scarlet over white hackle

White, with 2 black tails

Scarlet and black

Gordon

The Queens Own Cameron Highlanders

Blue

White hackle. Scarlet, green, white diced border

Black, with 2 white tails

Scarlet and green

Cameron of Erracht

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Yellow

White hackle, Scarlet and white border *. Bandsmen - red hackle

Black with 6 white tassels

Scarlet and white

Government or 42nd

 

BONNET

Paint band white.

 

 

Paint vertical red stripes.

 

 

Paint a horizontal red band 1/3 height.

 

Fill where the red overlaps with green / blue.

* For The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, paint White instead of Green,
for The Black Watch, paint Blue instead of Green.


 

HOSE

On white socks, paint diagonal pink stripes.

Paint opposite angle diagonal pink stripes.

 

Where the pink overlaps, fill with  red paint.

 

Outline the stripes with a thin black line.

For other hose listed  in the Highland Regiment Details listing use the same scheme,
with the appropriate colours.

42nd Foot ( The Black Watch) c 1815

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