Monday 26 September 2011

Hand Painted 15mm scale flags - Part 2, Prussian

Pruessisches Fahne

Slightly smaller than the Saxon Flags. Go 14/15mm strips for these. Keep in mind that AB figures are 18mm compared to true 15mm, so the scaling in not exactly 1:100 for the flags. Prussian Infantry flags are quite small - 750mm to 1m square.

Start with the basic colour all over

...and then include any flashes to make Maltese crosses on the flags.

Add a white oval to the centre of the flag.

Gold circle with a bar in each corner.

Gold dash on the centre of each side of the flag.

Scroll in the top part of the central oval - use the same colour as the flag facing colour.

Der Imperisches Adler, right hand side.

Der Imperisches Adler, left hand side. This shot shows the half eagle. Note the straight line through from head to tail.

Red Beak of the chicken, red for the top of the crown (which is coming up next, at the top of the central oval), and red in the crowns above each circle on the corners of the flag.

Gold for some footwork on the eagle, and as a crown for the eagle. Most Glorious he looks now !

Gold again. The outline of the crown above that red thing we added at the top of the oval.

Gold around the edge of the central oval, with some fancy extensions added.

Note that some flags have a different border around the central oval ... most follow the pattern of the frilly lace work in Gold. Here is one that has alternating black and gold parts around the central oval (on the left).

A silver sword on the eagle - vertical thin strip of silver, starting from the feet, and rising to just behind the head, level with the head.

A bit more gold on the scrolling part at the top of the oval. Try and get the words "Gloria Pro Patria" done, preferrably in a Gothic font if possible. Or, if your eyes are like mine, then a few simple dabs of gold will suffice.

Dont stress the detail too much, since these are folded up and blown around in the wind, so some details may be hidden. They are also small, so you need a decent set of magnifying glasses to spot the inevitable errors.

Finally, when gluing, wet the whole back surface with an even (thin) layer of PVA, and use the dollshouse clothes pegs to ensure a tight fit around the pole.

When half dry, they remain somewhat flexible, and will bend into whatever shapes you want to simulate the flag blowing in the wind. Once dry, they will hold their shape very strongly.

More in Part 3 - the finished product !

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