Painting The Flodden Highlanders

The two Highland contingents are nearly ready for basing (shown above in the header picture). Most are new figures that began in white metal but about a third are from the Flodden army I bought on EBay.

I chose saffron as the principle color ( which was obtained from several different vegetable dyes and NOT from Saffron itself, an expensive luxury item and likely unavailable – although some sources disagree). Saffron was simply a color name at the time, much like falu (red) and tawny (dark orange). A fascinating site concerning Highland and Celtic dress in general can be found here.

The color is mentioned in contemporary sources as “bright” so I have done this (and 10mm figures seem to do better with bright colors anyway). Celtic Ireland and the Celtic Highlands of Scotland shared similar cultures, language and customs and, while dress was more specific to region, both wore “shirts” in Saffron Yellow. This practice faded out in both countries in the early c. 17th century. The Highlanders should probably be portrayed as wearing more animal skins but I want to use this Highland contingent to also portray Irish warriors in both Desmond’s and Tyrone’s rebellions later in the c. 16th.

Irish Archeology provides a collection of contemporary illustrations one of the most famous being Albrecht Drurer’s well known print of Irish mercenaries fighting in Europe (probably) in the early c. 16th:


The above image is from the Irish Archeology site which cites the original now in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

I used the above image as the essential guide (as well as Fergus Cannan’s excellent Osprey book on the Galloglass) in painting the Highland contingent using Pendraken figures:

Flodden HIghlanders repainted bowmen

Bows and swordsmen from the EBay Flodden army (entirely repainted)

Flodden HIghlanders levy

New AngloSaxon peasent figures (many with bucklers added) painted to represent clan levy fighters. In the foreground are figures wearing the latest armour to represent a few of the clan chiefs who had the wherewithall to keep up to date (MacDonald, Campbell, and Gordon in this case)

Flodden HIghlanders warriors

Figures representing the Highland warrior class along with clan pipers.

Flodden HIghlanders warriors reverse

A rear view of some of the Warrior Class show that some have had plaids and bucklers added

I now need to do final touch-ups and get them based.

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