Friday, 16 October 2020

Raising Standards

I’ve never been very happy with the flags I painted for my two previous Austrian regiments (this and this), so I decided to try and up my game for the 59th Jordis (I blame WM and Goya). Having achieved something I felt was more acceptable, it immediately became apparent that I would have to re-paint the flags for the other two regiments - doh!

From left to right, 51st, 59th and 4th regiments. The standard-bearers are David Clayton creations, Marcus would never have produced a figure with a flag-pole that long!

I would stress that these flags are not meant to be a fully accurate reproduction of the Austrian battle-flag, but I think they look fine at normal playing distance.

22 comments:

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

They are wonderfully rendered! Lovely, lovely work.

Best Regards,

Stokes

Jeffers said...

I salute you sir! I have tried this several times and failed miserably - possibly the most difficult flag to paint - but you have produced a mini masterpiece. I am a quitter and use Napflags 😎.

Rob said...

SEX ON A STICK!

They are fabulous, not only are the eagles consistent but the wolfs-teeth bordering is really clean and precise. These are a master-class on Regimentsfahnen are we going to get one Leibfahnen?

Stryker said...

Thanks Stokes!

Stryker said...

Jeffers, the flags sculpted by Marcus Hinton for the British and French have the detail etched into them which makes painting a little bit easier. The Clayton produced ones are plain which I find difficult. I do use old REVO paper flags as well as I feel these are suitably vintage!

Stryker said...

Rob, if I do another Austrian unit (and that's a big if!) I will have a go at a Leibfahnen.

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

Oh I don't know, I think one eagle has one eye slightly larger than the other....is he winking maybe.....

CRICKEY! That is some fine painting! I'm not posting any more pictures of my flags!
Excellent work sir!

Stryker said...

Curses Ross, now I'll have to re-paint them all again...

Anonymous said...

Absolutely superb. I have only hand painted an Austrian flag once for my very old- school Warrior Miniatures 25mm Austrian army… I found it very tricky and it resembled a dead fly lying on a fried egg.

Best regards

Adrian in Germany.

'Lee. said...

Wonderful Ian, really vibrant and crisp. Must have taken a lot of time and patience.

Mark Dudley said...

They are Flagtastic.

Stryker said...

Adrian, that would be an interesting emblem for any army! Thanks for the comment.

Stryker said...

Lee, it did take quite some time but hopefully now I'll leave them alone!

Stryker said...

Mark, I like that!

Wellington Man said...

I've never painted any Austrian flags so it's very unfair to blame me.
These are absolutely exquisite!
Best regards
WM

Stryker said...

Matthew, you have a point, the blame should lie squarely with Goya!

Matt said...

Blooming fantastic work Sir!

You have definitely joined the ranks of my "Flag Envy Brigade".

Stryker said...

Thanks Matt, I am suitably honoured!

the Archduke said...

I wrote an erudite and hilarious response to this post but, as so often, Google censored it.

Well done, Ian, they are a work of art.

Stryker said...

Nigel, I will just have to imagine what you said then!

David said...

The painting is superb and a lends a nice classic look to them. Repainting flags is dedication indeed! Of course with flags that tall and heavy I hope you have some super duper epoxy handy to hold them in place!

Stryker said...

David, repainting the flags was tricky as the figures were already based however I just took it slow and steady and actually quite enjoyed it. I always stick my figures to their plasticard bases with Super Glue so they should stay upright for the next 50 years!