zaterdag 23 mei 2015

Flags – done.

Flags have been cut, trimmed and fixed to their brass flag poles. The dozen on the left are French and the Imperial flags should be recognizable by the double-headed eagle. The next step is fixing the flags to their respective bases and here I have a selection to make.

I mentioned in an earlier post, that as uniforms were generic I would give flags to half the elements. By doing so I would have enough elements without flags to fill out a command of say Bavarian, Saxony, United Provinces or other German State.

The total number of elements for the French is 42 and the Imperial and Allies are 43 strong. Both have strong numbers of Cuirassiers, Cavalry and some Hussars, while the infantry, both foot and mounted plus skirmishers number about one third of the total.

At the moment there are no plans to expand these, but you never know. I do however, have the Blue Moon Three Musketeer figures and civilians to paint up, so you can say the project still lives.

Tomorrow, I travel to Belgium for a bit of R&R. Tuesday, I shall have time to take pictures of both armies.


donderdag 21 mei 2015

Flags – the next step.

Determining which flags were used by particular regiments is somewhat problematic for the Imperial Army. Aside from the Austrian units, the bulk of the Imperial force were a collection of troops raised from the principalities and duchies throughout the Holy Roman Empire.

Much of what I have selected is conjectural, but based on the fashion of the period for banners, flags and standards.

In addition to the images I posted yesterday,  J.Belaubre’s “Les triomphes de Louis XIV” also has interesting depictions.

From the sketches, I made a final drawing for 4 general officer and 8 infantry flags plus 15 cavalry standards was completed..

Later today, the ground colour will be painted in so tomorrow I can include the details. 

woensdag 20 mei 2015


Twenty-five elements and two generals are done and can be added to the French and Imperial collection, except… they lack flags.

Sourcing flags for the French forces is not that difficult as by 1660, the army was now professional with prescribed uniforms for the regiments as well as flags. For the most part these remained unchanged to the Seven Years War and has been helpful here even with regimental history.

The Imperial forces proved a greater problem as many of the duchies supplying troops were not at the same level of development with their military as the French. In addition to the red, blue and iron grey coats used, we find units in brown, purple and yellow among the regiments fielded. As an example, the United Provinces relied heavily on mercenary units supplied by England, Scotland, Brandenburg, and a number of smaller German States. 

Flags therefore, became an essential means to recognize friend from foe. We now find the French white cross on all the infantry regiments as could the English red cross at this time. 

Of the Imperial flags which I could find , I have noted the placement of the  coat of arms or blazon placed in the upper canton nearest the staff. These can be seen among the Danish, Dutch, English and German flags.

By expanding my search using German and French keywords, I actually found many useful sites including those at wiki which were not yet translated to English. The Thirty Years War is very well covered, but I did manage to find sites specializing on the period needed, 1660 – 1670.

A few examples here from DieRegimentsfahnen und Standarten im 16. und 17. Jahrhundert. The cavalry standard seen below follows the standard practice of the period with the regimental blazon seen on the front side and the reverse depicting the coat of arms of the noble, city or province from where it was raised. 

Infantry flags. 

Cavalry standards (front-side

Same standard (reverse-side

Between now and the weekend I shall be painting flags.