Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Battle Flag solves the issue of painting Tartan

BattleFlag have announced a new product and this is a one that I think will make a big difference for Napoleonic fans.

28mm Napoleonic
British Highland Regimental Tartan
Waterslide Transfer Kits

One of the hardest things to do when painting 28mm figures is painting Tartan, unless you are a very skilled painter it always tends to look a complete mess, I have given up trying and have a couple of boxes of Victrix highlanders sitting unopened in a cupboard.

Well what if you could buy a tartan transfer?

OK so I hear you say well great but it won't fit properly on my figures and I well have to mess around trying to trim it into the right shape and it will end up looking worse than if I painted it.

Well what if the tartan was designed specifically for your Victrix figures, you wouldn't need to mess around then.

Hard to believe?

Just take a look at these pictures.

Overnight any muppet can now 'paint' Tartan just like an expert.

I was gobsmacked when I saw these, think many people will be as well.

Quoting Richard Lowles of Battle-Flag.
I am sure that there are many gamers who have always wanted to field Scottish Regiments in their British Napoleonic wargame armies. But like me have felt that their skill with a paint brush just wasn’t up to the task of painting model soldier tartan in 28mm wargame scale. With Battle Flags latest series of transfer kits for the Victrix 28mm plastic Highlanders getting tartan right on your wargame miniature is no longer a problem.

I was attached to the Argyles and Sutherland Highlanders back in 1984-85 on a tour in Belfast, Northern Ireland and have admired the buggers ever since. The problem was always doing the tartan justice. Ended up looking more like modern dispersed camo than Highland plaid. Transfers are the best way to go with kilts and the sock tops and bonnet band are really effective. I dont know about you but this would be impossible for me with a paintbrush in 28mm.

The Gordon Highlanders are the first series of kilt kits to see release with the Cameron’s and the Black Watch to follow over the next couple of weeks.

The Napoleonic Highlander waterslide decal kits come with enough transfers to deck out five wargame model soldiers in full tartan. Each sheet is numbered so as to correspond with the sprue number of the figure in the Victrix Napoleonic Highlanders box; so Cameron sheet B1 is designed for the five B1 models contained in the box, B2 for the B2 numbered models and so on.

Each of the five figure waterslide decal kits comes complete with transfers for kilts, bonnet bands, sock tops, water canteen and backpack Regimental number. Everything a wargamer need to make his Scottish Soldiers stand out on the wargames table.

As with all Battle Flags transfers these are very simple to apply. Simply cut the transfer out of the sheet, soak in water for 20-30 seconds and apply.

Our ultra thin transfers are very easy to slide into place and fold to the shape of the model and dry out to approximately a paint layer thick for a superb finish.

The first five sets for the Gordon Highlanders are available to order now. More than enough for a complete 24 fig Regiment.

All the difficult work that tends to put people off is now in a transfer. I also include a spare swatch of tartan to allow the modeller to fix any mistakes, although to be fair the process is very straight forward. I will be adding a tutorial very soon

They are priced at GBP3.00 plus shipping for a pack of five designed for Gordon Highlanders 92nd Regiment of Foot.

For more info and to purchase click here

Run, don't walk, I would think these could sell out quick!

Now if you looked closely at the pics above you may have noticed the regimental numbers on the canteen and backpack. Wouldn't it be nice if we could get those for other regiments?

Canteens and Regimental numbers are straightforward to do so if you, or indeed anyone who reads your blog, want them just email me and I will do a set of 30 for 3.00 GBP (+P&P) any Regimental Number.


Anibal Invictus said...

Smartest idea in many years in this hobby

Rodger said...

Fantastic idea. Why do people come up these things AFTER I have laboured through painting them the hard way???

Robert said...

Already placed my order, if I am lucky and they arrive by the end of next week I might just get a weekend in putting these together.