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TBW The Battle of Waterloo

Based in Chippenham, Wiltshire, England

Email: tbwaterloo@protonmail.com

www.thebattleofwaterloo.com

TBW-01 THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO:

French Army 15 mm Miniature Flags - Qty 150

  • FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & INFORMATION

 1. "What flags are included in this set?"

 

This set comprises 150 miniature flags, designed for printing out onto paper, cutting-out and gluing to metal miniatures. They cover all the Line and Imperial Guard regiments of the French Army that fought at Waterloo, and are laid out by corps, division and brigade, including the commanding generals. The 2nd, 3rd & 4th battalion flags of the line infantry, are all grouped together on page 6.

 2. "What products are available for this flag set?" 

a. If you want to print the flags yourself, you can purchase and download the PDF file.

b. If you want to receive the flags pre-printed, you can purchase the flag set from eBay.

 3. "What size miniatures do the flags fit?"

The flags have been sized for 15mm metal miniatures and will also fit 18mm. The flags have been physically checked alongside the 15mm range of "Minifigs" and the 18mm of "AB figures".

Flag sizes:

· Regimental tricolour flags for infantry: Total cut-out size 3cm x 1.4cm (when mounted on pole, flag extends to 1.4cm)

· Regimental tricolour flags for cavalry: Total cut-out size 2cm x 0.85cm (when mounted on pole, flag extends 0.9cm)

· Flags/fanions for the Line infantry 2nd, 3rd and 4th Battalions & Middle/Young Guard infantry: Total cut-out size 2cm x 1.25cm (when mounted, flag extends 1.2cm)

 4. "How should I fix the flags to the miniature flag pole?" 

A PVA or clear fluid glue works well. The best glue to use is one that does not dry too quickly so that you can manipulate the flag into its final position before it dries. This will also allow you to form twists and turns in the flag to depict it waving and bellowing in the wind, if desired.

 5. "If I am downloading the PDF, what type of printer/paper should I use to produce the flags?" 

We would suggest they are colour laser printed, but inkjet will work fine. Use paper between 70gsm to 130gsm, but no thicker if you want to create folds in the flag. Satin paper looks good, providing a nice sheen, endurance and flexibility.

 6. "If I need another copy of one of the sheets, do I have to pay for a whole new set?" 

No, not at all. You can order and pay for individual sheets as well. Just email us for what you require.

 7. "How accurate are the flags historically?"  

 

The French regimental flags carried by the line regiments at Waterloo are fairly well documented, as examples still exist in museums, so these designs are followed. The only question is whether some regimental flags had a gold fringe or not, which for this set I decided to add, if only for the reason that they look better visually with a fringe.

 

Second, third and subsequent battalions, usually carried a smaller flag of plain colour - white (2nd battalion), red (3rd), blue (4th) etc. For Waterloo, there is limited information as to what designs, if any, appeared on these flags (or 'fanions' as they were also known as), so I decided to include just the battalion and regimental numbers, and a fringe for the light infantry.

 

The flags/fanions carried by the Middle  and Young Guard infantry regiments, are even less clear. The Old Guard regiments of the 1st Grenadiers and Chasseurs certainly carried Eagles and tricolours, including the cavalry, but all other Guard regiments at Waterloo appear only to have carried a variety of smaller flags/fanions. These include the 2nd, 3rd and 4th regiments of Grenadiers and Chasseurs, and also the 1st and 3rd Young Guard regiments of Tirailleurs and Voltiguers.

 

For the Waterloo campaign, there is scarce information on these particular Imperial Guard flags, only speculation based on designs from earlier campaigns. Also, with the disbandment, amalgamation and formation of new regiments in the Guard infantry, along with shortages of equipment, this leaves the matter somewhat open to a dash of creative licence! I have therefore included a selection of designs and alternatives based on what is both known and speculated upon regarding the flags for these regiments and their constituent battalions. It is left open to your own good judgement and preference as to which designs you decide to select for your units.

 

Even though the Eagles and Tricolours of French Light Cavalry Line regiments were not taken on campaign (Hussars, Lancers & Chasseurs), I have nevertheless included their flags in this set. While it is historically correct that these cavalry regiments never carried their colours into battle, the regimental flag, however, remains one of those visual attractions of the tabletop regiment, and many people like to have flags for every unit. For this reason, I have included in this set all French Light Cavalry tactical units at Waterloo (barring the Gendarmes!).

8. Why did you create this set of flags?

I'm personally building the French Army of Waterloo in AB Figures, and I wanted a full set of flags available to choose from, so went about creating my own. I then decided to create this set for other wargamers and collectors too, who had a similar goal. There are indeed some other very good flag products on the market, but I found them either too expensive, or not offering the flexibility of choice I wanted - or even the correct shade of French blue for the Empire!

 

With the experience of having previously built a French Waterloo Army in the popular 15 mm range of Minifigs, and now in 18 mm with AB Figures, I decided to make the flags suitable to fit either range.

My miniature army will also be fighting brigade level battles ("Napoleon's Battles"), and also battalion level battles ("General d'Armee"), and I wanted flags for all occasions. I knew I would not use all the flags and recreate all the regiments and battalions, but I wanted the luxury to decide from a wide selection nonetheless!

Whatever your own personal aims and ambitions are for building your own miniature French army, I truly hope this set of flags will fulfil a practical need for you, and will help bring that special peace, enjoyment and sense of fulfilment we all enjoy from this eclectic and absorbing interest we share.

Michael,

TBW