The Battle of Gettysburg
6 mm Scale
A 2-page set including 1 page of of laser-colour flags, professionally printed on 80gsm plain paper.
1 x page of flags
1 x Information, Notes & FAQ
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & DETAILS ABOUT THE FLAGS
1. What flags are included in these sets?
This set comprises of over 350 printed colour flags that represent all of the armies that fought at the Battle of Gettysburg, during July 1st-3rd, 1863. These flags are designed for cutting-out and gluing to miniatures.
Flags for up to 70 Confederate infantry and 8 cavalry regiments are included. These will allow replication of any of the Confederate Infantry Corps, and a couple of brigades of cavalry from the battle (i.e. the biggest Confederate Corps was Ewell's 2nd, which had 61 infantry regiments.
Flags for up to 48 Union infantry and 8 cavalry regiments are included. These will allow replication of any of the Union Infantry Corps, and a couple of brigades of cavalry from the battle (i.e. the biggest Union Corps was Hancock's 2nd, which had 43 infantry regiments).
Each regiment is presumed to be carrying TWO flags. The Confederate troops usually carried the 'Battle flag', along with the national 'Stars and Bars', or a state flag. All of the major state flags are available to choose from:
In addition, there is a Headquarters flag for General Lee.
The Union troops usually carried a 'Stars and Stripes' national flag, plus a regulation pattern regimental colour, or alternatively a state colour. Several of the major state flags are available to choose from:
In addition, flags for the famous "Iron" and "Irish" brigades are included, as well as General Meade's personal HQ flag.
2. What size miniatures do the flags fit?
The flags have been sized for 6 mm metal miniatures and have been proportioned to fit the 6 mm ranges of "Baccus" and "Adler" figures.
3. How should I fix the flag to the miniature flag pole?
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!
4. What type of paper are the flags printed on?
The colour flags are laser printed onto 80gsm white paper. This paper was chosen because it is thin enough to enable the tiny flags to be bent into shape if desired.
5. How accurate are the flags historically?
The designs are based on examples of American Civil War flags in museums, and so are very accurate. The flag dimensions however, are NOT strictly to scale, but are proportioned for a better visual impact on miniatures. This usually means they are overall a bit larger than scale, the Confederate 'Battle Flag' being a good example of this.
Regimental flag details are of course not possible to see at this scale.
6. U.S. Cavalry Red/White Company Guidons
Historically, the red and white guidons/pennants, included in this set, were actually used only before and after Gettysburg, but as they are quite popular and iconic, I decided to include them in this set too.
7. Flag Choices
As with my previous flag sets, my aim is to provide as much choice as possible for the collector and wargamer.
In the case of the Confederate regiments, in addition to the 'Battle Flag' which all regiments carried, you can also choose either the national 'Stars and Bars' flag, or a state colour to go with it, such as Virginia, North Carolina, Louisiana or whichever state your miniature regiment represents.
In the case of the Union regiments, in addition to choosing one of the 'Stars and Stripes' flags of square, circular, oval or star design, you will also have the choice of whether to go for the regulation regimental colour, or a state colour such as Pennsylvania or New York.
Some collectors like to add as much variety as possible amongst the flags for their American Civil War regiments, while others prefer a more ordered system. Others still go and research deeper to find out what different regiments actually carried in the field and what extra details appeared on individual regimental flags, the permutations of which were almost endless.
I trust this Gettysburg flag set will provide all the flags you should ever need for recreating this battle in 6mm miniatures. If not, your feedback is most welcome.