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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2016 6:41 a.m. PST

Which companies flag products do you prefer for 15mm, ECW? Flags of War are more expensive, but they have less rippling of the silk.

Are they equal in service, accuracy (as much as is known) and paper quality?

mollinary13 Dec 2016 7:39 a.m. PST

Do Flags of War do them in 15mm scale? I thought it was only 28mm.

Mollinary

vtsaogames13 Dec 2016 9:24 a.m. PST

They have 35 sheets of 15mm flags which include some ECW. Lots of other periods too. I wasn't aware of this company before. Thanks.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2016 9:24 a.m. PST
Wargames Designs14 Dec 2016 12:11 a.m. PST

Hi Everyone,

Just thought I might add something to this little discussion as I am one of the companies mentioned, or more of a one man band rather than anything else really.

I cannot speak (nor would I wish to) for any other company making and selling wargames flags but I can speak for my own products of which I really am passionate about.

Basically my ECW range has currently 36 sheets of between 10 to 15 flags on each depending upon whether they are foot or horse. I do have about another 12 to 16 more sheets yet to release which are more or less finished, so if it wasn't already the largest range of ECW flags then it soon will be.

The accuracy of these is as good as it gets for I do take great pains to research the flags, but in some cases there literally is no evidence whatsoever to be found so at that point educated guesswork has to come into play, or else the flag cannot be made. I do ensure that any guesswork on my part is at least plausible and fits in with other flags and designs of the period. The flags that can be of more certain authenticity are taken from descriptions from such books as The Index Emblematicus, anything from Peachy & Prince as well as lots of other accounts in various books and manuals from Partizan Press. Furthermore there have been some indivduals who through there own research have provided me with lots of research for various flags, and I am especially grateful to one particular gentleman who helped me considerably with the Irish Confederate flags.

As for the texturing, well that really is a matter of taste and there is no right or wrong there really as some people even like no texturing at all on their flags. Some people will like the texture effect I created for my flags some people won't, but rather than try to emulate large furls in a flag I instead worked on the smaller ripples that you see as flags flow in the wind, so the large furls and folds are created by the wargamer as they glue them to their flagpoles.

The quality of my flags is excellent from the artwork to the ink used and also the paper, which I would refer you to my Flag pages on my website for the reasoning and description of that. The ink is top quality and virtually waterproof by which I am amazed and as such they can and should be varnished with either solvent or acrylic based varnish, and they won't fade either.

My customer service I like to think is very good as I will answer any queries and offer help as much as I can and this is probably why I get so many repeat orders. I do like to ensure that delivery is swift and also free if you buy just a few pounds worth of flags. The price is also very competitive as my ECW flags are priced at only £3.00 GBP per sheet which is between 20p to 30p each, which is less than the average price of just one 15mm figure.

All in all just like there are many good quality wargames figure manufacturers there are some really good manufacturers of wagames flag manufacturers of which I include both Wargames Designs and Flags of War.

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mollinary14 Dec 2016 6:02 a.m. PST

Well, I said it on your other thread on the same subject, Wargames designs are my choice for the smaller scales. I have 10mm armies, but I like my flags slightly overscale. Steve will resize flags to the exact size you want at no extra cost. He has a large range, and I can vouch for both the quality of the products, and the speed and reliability of the service. We are very lucky to have so many suppliers of ready designed flags, and with such beautiful products. As Steve points out, the cost of flags is tiny, relative to the cost of figures, yet they, above all in my view, really enhance the look of a unit. Good luck with your continued search.

Mollinary,

vtsaogames14 Dec 2016 6:57 a.m. PST

Bookmarked your link, WD, thanks.

whiterose14 Dec 2016 9:58 a.m. PST

I have six sheets of 15mm Wargames designs ECW flags waiting to be used on my 15mm ECW project, on the hole they are fine flags, cheap and plenty of flags per sheet,they offer the most coverage of the ECW period in 15mm too!

Sandinista16 Dec 2016 9:31 a.m. PST

Pendraken have plenty of flag sheets in 10mm as well

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2017 6:00 a.m. PST

I couldn't make up my mind so I bought both.

I'll have a more thorough review weighing the pros and cons of each in an upcoming blog post. Stay tuned!

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