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Warrior rabbits - Highlander

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No. 5 in my miniseries of Warrior rabbits of history: a member of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) in the 1910s. This is the last warrior rabbit I will draw for a little while, but more will come!

Several Scottish highland regiments wore kilts in battle all the way up to the Second World War. By then, they started to realize that the kilt, dashing though it is, just isn't very practical to wear in war. If you have ever tried to run, jump, climb or crouch with a kilt or a skirt on, you probably understand why. 

The tartan (pattern) on this bunny's kilt is called Black Watch. Today it is probably one of the most popular tartans around, together with the recognizable red and green Royal Stewart tartan. The Black Watch is also the name of the companies of Scottish soldiers that first had this kind of kilt as a uniform in the 18th century. They consisted of highlanders that were loyal to the British government, and were tasked with policing the highlands. Probably not an easy task, as a lot of highlanders most likely considered them to be traitors. Since then, the Black Watch has gone through many changes and been in many wars. But they are still around, as a part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

A fun detail is that kilts weren't around before the late 16th century. Even after that, it took many a decade before it actually became popular. So to see Scots from the Lowlands wear kilts in movies like Braveheart, that is set in the late 13th century? It would only have been marginally less historically accurate if they all wore bowler hats too. Still, kilts look great and bowler hats look great - so I forgive them.

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Braveheart is not exactly your go to movie for historical accuracy, to say the least. But Patrick McGoohan hit it out of the park as Longshanks, just a super performance.

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I'm not even sure if I have ever seen Braveheart in its entirety. I only remember bits and pieces of it.

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Same here, not my cup of tea. Again, I only watch one scene from it, this sums up what I think of Edward 1st. https://youtu.be/NAErBJlDNLc McGoohan was a believable badass his entire life.

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Brave Scottish soldier! :)
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Oh, I do miss Scotland!
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Nice place to visit indeed :)
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Christopher Lambert would be proud. B-)
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Highlander - where the Spanish character speaks better Scottish than the Scottish one
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Huh...cultural fashion choices always surprise me, lol. So somehow, people didn't wear kilts at first, then for some reason decided going into battle in essentially a skirt was totally reasonable, and then remembered that nah, it's probably not practical? XD people are sure something, haha. 

I like the pose on this one, btw. And the tartan is well done! ^_^
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Fashion is such an arbitrary thing that I always had trouble understanding it, haha. 

Thanks! Phew, I had to think for a real long time how to do it before I even tried to draw that tartan. They are such complex things! Even in this simplified form.
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Right?? It's so random and bizarre. I mean, just look at the 80s! XD

Oof, I hear you on tartan! I recently had to draw some plain for one of my characters: 
Doucie by PhyloSallas  it's all about using layers to get the right "overlapping" effect! Not easy at all, lol. ^^;
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Haha, good old 80s :D 

Ah, nice job! Looks great with how the pattern follows the folds in the fabric and everything. And yeah, if I recall correctly, I used three layers for the tartan here and still didn't feel completely satisfied with it.
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Gotta love the neon decade, lol. XD

Hey, thanks!! ^_^ I love the way it turned out. And wow, even with that many? Oof. Yeah, it's such a tricky pattern to get right. But it looks sooooo good if you can pull it off! :D
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Here's forty shillings on the drum
For those who'll volunteer to come
To 'list and fight the foe today.
Over the hills and far away!

Very nice :)
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I actually hadn't heard that song and listened to it just now. Thanks!
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np ^^ I like some old folk songs like that :)
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good work early 1900
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Thanks! Some really nice clothes during this time period.
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