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JSears05 Mar 2016 12:20 p.m. PST

Hi all. Taking my first stab at a medieval banner. I adapted a template I found online, but there were no instructions on sizing. Does this look right? Seems pretty large to me, I thought I'd check with folks more knowledgable than me.

Also, should I remove the metal tip from the lance for the banner? Would these be flown from dedicated 'flag poles' or did they retain a pokey bit on the end?

MajorB05 Mar 2016 12:22 p.m. PST

Yikes!! That is enormous! At a guess I'd say it's about twice as big as it should be.

CPBelt05 Mar 2016 12:32 p.m. PST

The other day, my wife asked me the same question. I was smart enough not to answer it. evil grin

JimDuncanUK05 Mar 2016 2:41 p.m. PST

Using supersized flags on the wargames table is fine as long as it does not detract from the visual appeal.

It would be OK for the C-in-C to have a bigger flag as well as Divisional Commanders but not every unit.

MajorB05 Mar 2016 2:45 p.m. PST

Using supersized flags on the wargames table is fine as long as it does not detract from the visual appeal.

Some people like super-sized flags. I don't. Each to their own. However, that one in the OP isn't just super-sized, it's mega-sized!! It's twice as tall as the man carrying it!

Mako1105 Mar 2016 3:56 p.m. PST

All I see is a little black box with a white X in it, here on TMP.

Some flags, especially during the Italian Wars, were huge, apparently, significantly dwarfing people, so you have a choice to make them historical in size, and/or to reduce them a bit, so they don't detract from your figures.

JSears05 Mar 2016 8:19 p.m. PST

Whoops! Sorry about the missing image. Let's try this again:

Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2016 2:35 a.m. PST

Everything is down to personal taste.
I would go with half the height and half the width of that. Even that would be oversized for the period of those knights.
Going by what I can see of the knights, they may even be early enough that the banner would be narrower than it is tall. See the Manesse codex for proportions. link
The flag staff is likely to be the same length as those lances perhaps even shorter.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2016 2:44 a.m. PST

I think taking it down to 2/3rds the current dimensions would look ok

Pauls Bods site has pictures like:

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..which seem to be 'reasonable' sizes.

MajorB06 Mar 2016 5:36 a.m. PST

Whoops! Sorry about the missing image. Let's try this again:

It wasn't your fault. I can see the image fine in your original post.

Frothers Did It And Ran Away06 Mar 2016 8:24 a.m. PST

I would also say half the height as it is currently.

If you have Kingdom of Heaven on DVD have a look at the banners in that to get an idea of what size can realistically be carried on horseback.

Great War Ace06 Mar 2016 8:24 a.m. PST

vis-a-vis the original image: even in a "new tab" all I see is a circle with a fat "minus" sign inside of it.

I agree that the flag (in the second posted image) is way too big/fat. But then I have an issue with how big wargaming flags (and figures, for that matter) have steadily gotten as time passes by….

MajorB06 Mar 2016 11:15 a.m. PST

vis-a-vis the original image: even in a "new tab" all I see is a circle with a fat "minus" sign inside of it.

Now that's odd. Previously I could see the image in the OP, now I just get the "broken image link" icon.

Mako1106 Mar 2016 4:19 p.m. PST

Thanks for the second pic. I can see that one.

I like the size of the ones Herkybird's posted. They look nice.

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