The Battle of Wavre
6 mm Scale
A 3-page set including 1 page of of laser-colour flags, professionally printed on 80gsm plain paper.
1 x A5 page of flags
1 x A5 grid detailing what regiment belongs to each flag
1x A5 Information, Notes & FAQ
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & DETAILS ABOUT THE FLAGS
1. What flags are included in these sets?
This set includes 170 printed colour flags representing all the regiments of General Thielmann's 3rd Prussian Corps, and Marshall Grouchy's French forces that fought at the Battle of Wavre, on June 18th, 1815. These flags are designed for cutting-out and gluing to miniatures.
In addition, this set also includes the flags of:
The Prussian regiments of Pirch and Ziethen, that were on the march to the Waterloo battlefield, but did not arrive in time to affect the outcome.
The French 7th infantry division of General Girard, detached from Reille's II Corps to fight at Ligny under Vandamme, but which did not fight at either Waterloo or Wavre.
My reason for including the flags of regiments that did not fight at Wavre or Waterloo, was so that I could present flags for the full French and Prussian armies that marched during the entire 100 Days campaign, thus assisting wargamers who wished to recreate the whole campaign. All French and Prussian regiments can now be found in either the Wavre or Waterloo flag sets.
The only remaining flags for me to complete for the 100 Days, are Wellington's unused 17,000 British, Hanoverian and Dutch-Belgian forces that were stationed at Hal.
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. 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.
4. How accurate are the flags historically?
The The flag dimensions are not strictly to scale, but are usually a shade larger for a better visual impact on miniatures. Where they exist, flag designs are based on historical examples in museums. Where there is limited or no information with regard to flag details, designs are based on conjecture and on a 'reasonably realistic' principle.
Regimental flag details are of course not possible to see at this scale. However, for collectors who prefer to give a passing nod to their flags being regimentally accurate, even at this scale, details of each flag and what regiment they are meant to portray, are faithfully recorded on the reverse of this sheet. The fact is, these 6 mm flags have been directly copied from my 15/18mm range, most of which have regimental and battalion details. So, even if you can't see them, trust me, they are there! :)
French Regiments - Missing from museums are the flags carried by the second, third and fourth battalions of Line infantry. The designs I've used therefore are based on the official 1812 instruction for these flags, which were white (2nd Btn) red (3rd Btn) and blue (4th Btn). These I have embellished also with regimental and battalion details.
A puzzle remains as to the flags carried by the 6th Light at Wavre (Pécheux, 12th Division). Historical records show the 1st and 2nd battalions did not go on this campaign, so the Eagle and Tricolour is presumed to have remained with the 1st battalion. However, who knows, so I have included the Tricolour for those who may prefer to use it.
Prussian Regiments - According to historical records, only a handful of Prussian regiments were supposed to have carried flags, chiefly the established line regiments and Dragoon cavalry.
The remaining infantry line regiments were in transition, having previously been Reserve regiments in the army (13th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st). These were awarded regular line infantry status prior to the Waterloo campaign, but were not issued with their new flags until a few months afterwards. In this set the former Reserve infantry have been given the flags they were issued after Waterloo, but one may also choose from the speculative, generic flags also offered.
To add some panache, I've also included Russian flags for the 30th & 31st Line, which were formerly the German-Russian Legion. If undesired, these can be replaced!
The Prussian Landwehr too, had been officially instructed not to carry flags. The choice offered therefore is to either use generic designs based on the 1813-14 cross pattern, or hypothetical flags based on Prussian state eagles.
I trust this 6 mm Wavre flag set will provide all the flags you should ever need for this battle. If not, your feedback is most welcome.