Painting Tartan

01 Apr

I know Inhave been extremely quiet for about 3 months (ouch!). I have not been idle, but frankly except for a hiking trip to Scotland I have been stuck in Germany. And the weather has been appalling. Either very wet or very cold, but never good enough to spry on some varnish. So there is a backlog that I need to show to you now that things have gone better. It has actually been like early summer for a week now. So what is up first?

Some Wolfbane Commandos for Warzone. I wanted each an every one of them to be an idividual, so I chose to paint part of their attire in a tartan pattern. I will later paint squads to go with them, so far these have been my test pieces.

Why test pieces? Well as we all know, painting tartan patterns can be a huge pain in the behind. But late last year I stumbled over a new range of paints from Humbrol. They are Emanel paints, which I have not used in well over a decade due to the fumes, I decided to give them a try anyway. They need some getting used to. First of all you need to let the pots rest for at least a week and not shake or stirr them before use (apparently the nano-particles need that time to settle into pattern). And you need to apply it all in one broad stroke. That needs a couple of attempts to get used to. But once you do, the results are great. I found it works best with a. Road dry brushing brush with long bristles (so you can really load the brush). So far they only have 4 patterns, but Imguess once this makes the rounds they are sure going to expand!

Anyway this is it for today. More to come over the next few days. Until then, I wish you a very happy start into this month! 😚


Posted by on April 1, 2017 in Uncategorized


5 responses to “Painting Tartan

  1. Jim Duncan

    April 1, 2017 at 12:50

    Nice try Burkhard.

  2. Azazel

    April 1, 2017 at 13:51

    Nice work on the Tartan, and a very happy first of the month to you as well! 😉

  3. peter

    April 1, 2017 at 17:02

    Lovely painted figures! And I sure like the tartan!

    But it looks you didn’t have difficulties painting the tartan with those cans of paint. You must have feeled like a FISH in the water while you were painting!


  4. Michael Awdry

    April 2, 2017 at 17:14

    That’s brilliant, I must get some of that paint. 😉

  5. von Peter himself

    April 8, 2017 at 05:39

    Hmmm … this paint of which you speak/type Burkhard sounds just the business. Hopefully they’ll move onto creating “Napoleonic French Fusilier” paint which will do all that annoying piping for us.

    A great April 1 post. 👍

    von Peter himself


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