THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO, 1815

Miniature Flags 15/18 mm + 10 mm Scale

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French

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British, KGL

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Flags

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Prussian

Flags

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15/18 mm

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Prussian Regiments

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 THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO, 1815

- Miniature Flags for Wargamers & Collectors -

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & DETAILS ABOUT THE FLAGS

 1. "What flags are included in these sets?"

 

The individual paper flags are designed to be cut-out and glued to metal or plastic miniatures. All sets include between 15o - 200 miniature flags featuring the armies that fought at the Battle of Waterloo. These are laid out in the battle order of the day, along with the named commanding officers of corps, division and brigade from all nations.

 

Only those regiments that were present on the battlefield on the 18th June are included. For example, Wellington's troops that were stationed at Hal 17 miles away, the 1st Battalion of the 1st Foot Chasseurs of the Old Guard, who were guarding the Emperor's treasure at Le Caillou, and the Prussian forces that were still strung out on a march and never reached the battlefield, are omitted from this collection.

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

The flags are supplied pre-printed on physical paper. We did offer download versions for a while, but this has now been discontinued.

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

The flags have been sized for TWO scales:

 

  • 15mm and 18 mm metal miniatures - these flags have been physically measured to fit the 15 mm range of "Minifigs" and the 18 mm of "AB figures".

  • 10 mm metal miniatures - these are measured to fit the 10 mm range of "Pendraken".

 

 

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

A PVA white glue works well. The best glue to use is one that doesn't dry too quickly so that you can manipulate the flag into its final position before it dries. This will allow you to form twists and turns in the flag to depict it waving and bellowing in the wind, if desired. The flags already include artistic depictions of "folds and creases", but physically bending the flags will definitely increase the realistic effect, as veteran modellers will know!

 5. "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: tbwaterloo@protonmail.com.

 6. "How accurate are the flags historically?"  

 

THE FRENCH - The tricolour 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 are often referred to as), so I decided to include just the battalion and regimental numbers, and a fringe for the light infantry.

 

The Old Guard regiments of the 1st Grenadiers and Chasseurs certainly carried Eagles and tricolours, including the cavalry, but all other Guard infantry regiments at Waterloo appear only to have carried a variety of battalion 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 Middle/Young 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 speculation. I have therefore included a selection of designs and alternatives based on what is both known and inferred 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 did not carry 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 the French Light Cavalry tactical units at Waterloo (i.e. no Gendarmes!).

THE BRITISH & KING'S GERMAN LEGION - the British and KGL infantry battalions carried two colours each, the King's colour which was a union flag with the regimental badge in the centre, and the regimental colour, which was usually in the regiment's facing colour. Both flags are represented in this set for each regiment.

British Light infantry flags - because the work of light infantry involved skirmishing on the battlefield in loose order, defending a regimental flag was just not practical. The single British regiment formed specifically for skirmishing, the 95th Rifles, had no colours issued - and I expect few have attempted to create a flag for them either on the wargames table! However, regular infantry regiments who had been converted to Light infantry, still retained their colours and had the option to carry them on campaign. One regiment at least, the 28th Light infantry, is recorded as having done so at Waterloo. Flags for all British infantry regiments are therefore included, except for the 95th Rifles and the two King's German Legion Light battalions, who were also unlikely to have been issued with colours.

The British cavalry also carried two flags - a King's colour that was carried by the 1st squadron, and a regimental colour by the 2nd and 3rd squadrons. The King's colour was usually a square or swallow-tail crimson flag with a union wreath in the centre. The regimental colour, a swallow-tail guidon in the regiment's facing colour, with the regimental badge in the centre. The exception was that if the unit's facing colour was crimson, then the colour would be blue. This set includes two flags for every British regiment, representing the King's colour, plus a regimental guidon for the 2nd squadron.
 
The main question concerning flags for the cavalry is "Did their carry their colours when on campaign, as the infantry did?" Except for the Heavy cavalry, it would appear almost certainly not for Waterloo. However, we are in the business of creating miniature armies, often for the tabletop wargame, and for many a flag is an essential adornment. To that end, flags for all British cavalry regiments are included here.

THE HANOVERIANS -  The Hanoverian infantry may have carried just one flag, and I've seen no evidence to suggest they carried British ones. With the exception of the Landwehr battalions Gifhorn, Salzgitter and Osnabrück, that were present at Waterloo, and two others that were posted at Hal - Calenburg and Hoya - there are no other details of what flags were actually carried at Waterloo for Hanoverian units, other than suggestions from those of previous campaigns.


However, even when we analyse the known flag details of these five Hanoverian Landwehr battalions, they still do not present a consistent pattern that can be confidently replicated in order to reproduce flags for the regiments that we have no record of. So in the absence of fact, I have used a healthy dose of reasonable conjecture (such as using a town's coat of arms), to come up with a selection of designs for all the remaining Hanoverian units, plus a selection of generic ones to provide flexibility and choice. I hope you like them.

Hanoverian Light infantry - There  are some details of a flag belonging to the Hanoverian Feldjägerkorps, of which only two companies were present at Waterloo. For this reason, it remains possible that the other two Light Infantry regiments present - Grubenhagen and Lüneberg - had also been issued with flags, although it's unlikely they were carried on to the field. However, once again, I've decided to create flags for these units solely for the benefit of those who may wish to have them... Enjoy
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THE PRUSSIANS - The flags carried by the Prussian regiments at Waterloo, pose a particular problem - because according to historical records, only a handful of regiments were supposed to have carried any flags at all! These were the four regular line regiments present (2nd, 9th, 10th and 11th), although at least one of these is also known to have lost their standard at a previous battle (10th), and so almost certainly wasn't carrying it at Waterloo - and two dragoon regiments (2nd, 5th).

The remaining line regiments were in somewhat of a transitional state. Having previously been reserve regiments in the army, they were awarded regular line infantry status prior to the Waterloo campaign, but had not yet been issued their new standards (12th, 15th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 26th), so logically, they should not have been carrying any. The Prussian Landwehr too, had been officially instructed not to carry flags. This was, it seems, in response to the variety of unofficial flags being carried into campaigns by both  the Landwehr and reserve regiments.

So, to produce this set, some decisions had to be made. Quite clearly, if we follow what history indicates, then there's no need to create a Waterloo Prussian flag set at all, because so very few  flags were officially carried. But is that what actually occurred? Or did some interim order to the Landwehr and the new Line regiments, which said they could carry flags for the 1815 campaign, fail to reach the history books perhaps? And even if that were so, then what designs might they have carried? We may never know.

Most designers of flags for miniatures, naturally draw on the few sources that refer to flags from previous campaigns, in 1813 and 14, and I'm not going to stray too far from that logical path here.

 

What I have done is to present a choice for both the former Reserve and Landwehr regiments:

For the Landwehr, one can choose from:

 

  • Generic Prussian flags - these feature historically known details of some Landwehr flags (pages 7-8).

  • Flags based on conjecture - these designs utilize coat of arms and the various Prussian state Eagles, to produce flags that give some identity.


For the Line regiments (formerly 'Reserve'):
 

  • Flags issued in late 1815 - these are the flags they were eventually issued a few months after the Waterloo campaign.

  • Generic Prussian flags - these mainly Landwehr designs, may or may not have been used by Reserve regiments.

    
As with the French and British/KGL/Hanoverian sets, I have created flags for all the Prussian light cavalry units, even though we know they were not carried into the field. As there is so little information available on the Prussian Hussar flags, those I have done are based on the facing colours of the regiments. The general design should however, be fairly accurate.