Highlanders toy soldiers 54mm 1/32 War Austrian Succession SYW
First Highlanders figures now available
04 Dec 2018 / Nino /

After some time since I posted the pictures of my Government Highlander master (see here), here come my first two Highlanders figures.

The poses are maybe a bit conventional, but all in all well suited for setting up a regular infantry war game unit…

I painted a couple of figures in the Black Watch, or Government Sett tartan, and am quite pleased with the result.

Painting the belted plaid proved less difficult than I had anticipated. I painted the base color in a mixture of matt dark green and blue enamels (I paint all my figures in matt HUMBROL enamels, then give them a coat of protective, semi-gloss acrylic varnish). I painted the shadow areas with a darker mixture of the same colors, and picked up the highlights with green only (the shadowing and highlighting do not show much in the finished figures, though, so I might as well have skipped that phase…).

Then, making careful reference to the pen pattern that I had drawn on the “clothed” artist’s mannequin I used as a model when I sculpted the master, I painted in the light green squares, one light square followed by two dark square spaces in both the vertical and horizontal directions.

Finally, I drew a grid of wide blue-black lines along the sides of the light green squares, and one of narrower lines across each square, both light and dark.

  1. Robert Kirchner

    Superb figures. Welcome addition to the F&I series. The Highlanders fought in every major battle.