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SYW French Flags

Post by Buff Orpington » Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:01 pm

Does anyone know what size French flags were during the SYW?
This little lot were in a small bundle of oddments that I bought on Ebay. Each side measures about 40mm so that would be about 2.25 metres if they are 1:56 scale. My guess is that they may be for 40mm figures.
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Re: SYW French Flags

Post by garyp » Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:50 pm

I think the regulation size was about 160cm square, although some were larger. On the other hand, some people use oversized flags (me included) because they look pretty. Mine are usually 35mm square
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Re: SYW French Flags

Post by Buff Orpington » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:06 pm

Ta, Now I'm wondering if it was the dice gods telling be to do a new scale. Mind you these would look impressive on 28mm.

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Re: SYW French Flags

Post by levied troop » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:13 pm

Quoting Robert Hall’s work on flags under Louis XIV:
“Sources describe the flags as 6 or 7 feet square”
“The existing flag of Dauphin captured....in 1706 measures 198cm square”
Other examples are quoted at 210x180cm, 210x227cm and 204x220cm. And in 1721 infantry flags were described as 7 feet square on a staff of 11.5 feet.
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Re: SYW French Flags

Post by Buff Orpington » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:21 pm

That'll do, suppose I need an army soon.

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Re: SYW French Flags

Post by Paul » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:30 pm

EBs flags are at least 40mm, and they look great.

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Re: SYW French Flags

Post by garyp » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:35 pm

Kronoskaf says they were bigger at the start of the 18th century, but most regiments standardised at 162cm square in 1725.

http://www.kronoskaf.com/syw/index.php? ... ry_Colours
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Re: SYW French Flags

Post by garyp » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:36 pm

Of course, a SYW French army is VERY pretty and would look fabulous with large flags!
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Re: SYW French Flags

Post by FreddBloggs » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:44 pm

Much better than the dull prussian ones, how anyone could paint flag after dull flag of fritz.

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Re: SYW French Flags

Post by Buff Orpington » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:04 pm

This is the path to insanity. 12 infantry flags, even using small battalions I won't see change out of £300 for troops, plus horse & guns. A £500-600 project triggered by part of a job lot that cost me £4.60.

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