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Widowson19 Nov 2007 9:10 p.m. PST

I was doing some research on shabraques for Waterloo Brunswick cavalry. Both the uhlans and hussars rode shabraques like British lt. cav. Black pointed saddle cloth with black sheepsking. In the rear corners, a white scull and crossbones device. Many of the troops where this same device on their czapkas, shakos, etc.

Prussian landwehr often wear crosses on their caps. French guard cavalry had eagles and crowned "N" on their shabraques. Not to mention all those regimental numbers on the ends of the valise.

It seems like somebody should be making decals of this stuff and marketing it to us.

Has anybody out there ever seen such a thing? I know I've seen decals for ancient and medieval shields, but nothing Napoleonic.

Many thanks

rmaker19 Nov 2007 9:57 p.m. PST

I don't know about the Brunswickers, but British cavalry tended to save the shabraques for parades and used regimental pattern saddle blankets ion the field. Natural wool (brownish or creamish or greyish) with two narrow stripes in the facing color down near the bottom edge on each side. That said, my KGL husars have shabraques. :)

I'm not sure what scale you're using, but in anything much smaller than 54mm, the shabraque devices are too small to be distinct in any case. I just put in a few brushstrokes and call it good.

grenadier corporal Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2007 12:05 a.m. PST

You might want to have a look at


It is in German, but nevertheless of very good use.
If in need for some translation, just drop a note here.

Stavka20 Nov 2007 7:10 a.m. PST

That, and numerals for French shako covers. I've done those in 28mm hand painted on a decal sheet. Laborious, but a lot easier than trying to paint a legible number on a curved shako front with deep folds cast into it.

Austin Rob20 Nov 2007 8:53 a.m. PST

You can get laser printer or inkjet decal paper. Why not just use that to make your own?


Arteis20 Nov 2007 9:48 a.m. PST

I've thought about it before, too.

Other items crying out for decals are sabretaches for hussars, the badges/numbers on the back of some British packs, and the badges or designs for French cartridge box covers.

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Nov 2007 1:19 p.m. PST

Hmm, ponders….

Stavka20 Nov 2007 8:03 p.m. PST

While you are pondering there, Dom.

Grenades and bugle horns for cartridge boxes, in black, gold and silver.

Numerals for French shakos and British backpacks in white black, gold and silver.

Black and white roundels for the fronts of those Prussian shakos.

Sergeants stripes, etc.

Cyphers of various nationalities for shabraques.

Austin Rob20 Nov 2007 8:54 p.m. PST

You can do white by putting a "white" image inside a spot of the nominal background color. The white images are actually areas where no ink is applied.

Then paint the area where you will apply the decal white. Apply the decal. The white shows through the clear areas. Voila, perfect cyphers, or whatever.


Widowson20 Nov 2007 8:54 p.m. PST


It looks like the site has sabertache decals, but I can't make the links work, and the sabertaches are the only thing I see.

Is that the case, or is it just the German?


grenadier corporal Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2007 12:16 a.m. PST

@ Widowson

Click on "Download" and you will find a lot of decals for – alas – sabretaches only. But I think it possible to convert some of them to decals for shabraques.

Crosses for Prussians maybe from the link of Justin Taylor.

Sorry, don't know any source for skull and crossbones.

mskelly23 Nov 2007 6:28 a.m. PST

@Justin: I might be interested in having some white crosses and white roundels done for my 28mm Napoleonic Prussians.

What kind of masters do you need to produce custom decals for people? Are what costs would be involved?

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