I am caught up on putting flags on all the War of Spanish Succession units I have. Finally!
When I started this project I didn’t know where I would get flags for everything. I think I’ve just about figured out how to do that now. To begin with, here’s a shot of the Danish cuirassiers I have completed so far. It’s half of the contingent that was at Ramillies. I lined them up as squadrons with space between each squadron – and that makes for a hard thing to photograph. But here it is.
Not a great shot. But they look way better with flags now. These flags are from League of Augsburg. I love the cavalry flags they do. I am less excited about their infantry flags, but I’ll show you what I’ve done with them in a bit. Still, League of Augsburg makes an ever expanding range of flags. Their interests tend to run a bit earlier than the War of Spanish Succession. These Danish flags come from stuff they are doign for later. Barry and Clarence are great to deal with and it’s easy to order from their website.
A couple of Dutch units I painted some time ago are Salisch, and Pallandt. Here is Salisch.
And that shot obscures the red flag, so here’a another shot:
White with red is a great color combination, don’t you think? Having flags for this unit completes the brigade that attacked up the “river” on the Allied left at Ramillies: Salisch, Slangenburg, and 2 battalions of Orange Friesland.
And here is Pallandt:
The flags for Salisch and Pallandt both come from Iain at Flags of War. I am blown away by the quality of these flags! I wish he would do more Dutch regiments for Flanders. The artwork on these are just incredible, the quality of the flags are great (easy to blue together and position a bit before they set), and he is absolutely great to deal with.
In my next blog post there will be flags from GMB Designs. I love GMB Designs flags. He does not do flags specifically for the War of Spanish Succession, but many flags for the French in this period are unchanged in the Seven Years War and he has an extensive collection of French Seven Years War flags.
I also have some flags from Adolfo Ramos. He makes great flags as well, but only has a small number of flags suitable for the War of Spanish Succession.
Back to the League of Augsburg flags. These flags are drawn with shadowing for waves in the flags depicted. I don’t really like that very much. For the cavalry flags, this is fine – it gives some texture to the flag and adds visual interest. I am extremely pleased with the Danish cavalry flags and am looking forward to adding some Dutch regiments as they offer a nice selection of Dutch cavalry flags.
For the infantry, I decide to modify the flags to reduce the contrast in the effects. This is fairly simple to do. Before I cut out the flags I find a paint that is about the same tone as the midtone in the textured background. I then make up a heavy-ish wash with that paint. I don’t put the paint straight on but make a heavy-ish wash out of it (or an extremely thin mix of the paint, depending on how you look at it). I then go over that color on the flag and it works to diminish the contrast. Here is Danish regiment Prinz Karl with flags now.
I probably should have done before and after photos, ,and then close-ups of the flags to show them off. They are great flags with great art work and I’m pleased that a little extra work tones down the contrast. You can still see the contrast and it gives a geat effect.