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Don Troiani’s Soldiers of the American Revolution

I was saving this for a later date, but the cover isn’t availible for the book I wanted to review.

Soldiers of the American Revolution
Soldiers of the American Revolution

Don Troiani’s Soldiers of the American Revolution is a fantastic book.  This book not only covers the uniforms involved by has pictures of many different objects carried by the soldiers of the day.  This allows you to get a feel for the period as well as the uniforms worn.  Troiani is a truely gifted artist and the fact that he is also a historian really brings something special to his work.

If there is a downside to this book, it’s that there is minimal coverage.  It seems he has cherry picked some of the most well documented units for display.  However the fact that few units are covered is the only fault of the book.  It is more than made up for by the amount of other information on artifacts of the time.

As a uniform book goes, the artwork is top-notch but the coverage is week.  As to it’s quality as a reference book for the period go, it is top-notch all the way!  If you are an avid history nut, this book is for you.

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Creating Flags

Roll Your Own

One of the things that really sets off a unit on the table is a flag.  They also help to distinguish units, if they are you own units I suppose as other peoples’ flags might not be helpful in identifying units.  I usually tend to buy some flags at the beginning of a project, then create my own as the project moves along.

Baccus makes some great flags for most of the periods it serves, and AWI is no exception.  I bought the Patriot flags when I made my first order.  I measured these and then set up a photoshop template to create my own.  If you are a dab hand at photoshop, a 6mm flag is no problem.  A couple of hints for those of you that would try to make your own.

  • start at 300 dpi
  • set your width in inches (for yank flags I use .9in x .3in)
  • use lots of layers so you can make minor changes and produce completely different flags

Sources

There are a great many resources out there for you to start with.  Warflag is a favorite for inspiration.  There are many actual photos available as well.  Kronoskaf is also becoming a rich source of flags as the British Army section becomes more populated.  Many of the flags could easily be used for 6mm.

I have found Wikimedia Commons a wonderful source for heraldry symbols and flags alike.  David from Not by Appointment turned me on to these in a post of his.  I have found many different British flags and symbols to decorate different flags with.  Best of all, anything on the site is free to use as you wish.

That’s one of the reasons that I prefer to create my own flags.  I don’t want anyone claiming I can’t reproduce them or give them away or copy them.  Screw you pal, I’ll make my own.  I am also able to change them in any way that I want.

Flags for the 9th Regiment of Foot

I created these over the past few days as I have been finishing the 9th Foot.  I gathered the basic info from many sources.  The british flag comes from Wikimedia Commons.  I added a wreath also found there, it’s the United Nations wreath, but it works at 6mm.  (I’m trying to get a better one at the moment)  I then just added the regiments numbers.  I will be able to produce most of the Kings Colors for the British regiments from this one flag, with a few minor changes.

Royal Standard
Royal Standard

The Regimental comes from a basic yellow square.  The canton is the same flag from the King’s Colors, only smaller.  Once again I have used the same wreath.

9th Foot
9th Foot

At the end of the day, I really enjoy making these and find them a new challenge when I need a break from painting.  I’m lucky to be working in 6mm as it is very forgiving when working on flags.  For the most part, no one will really ever know/care how accurate they are but me, but that’s why we do this right?