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davbenbak Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2017 5:21 a.m. PST

I will start off by saying I am amazed by the recent output of new 1/72 sets. Seems we may be in another golden era (at least quantity, perhaps not quality).

The source of my rant is that for all the time these manufactures spend researching uniforms you would think they would recognize that many units carried two flags. (Napoleonic British and ACW Union quickly come to mind) A box with 48 figures but only one stand bearer creates a lot of waste. To those of us who buy minis for the purpose of wargaming the flags are just as important as the uniform to identifying a unit on the table. Numerous post can be seen by individuals searching for historically accurate flags.

I know their are several manufactures who post to this site so consider this an open letter to you as well. P.S. While conversions are possible they are not preferred.

I also realize that compared to World Hunger this is a small issue, then again this is not a "solve World Hunger" forum but one in which we discuss miniatures.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2017 6:28 a.m. PST

Agreed that this does not compete with World Hunger but a very good point – part of the charm of our little soldiers are those glorious banners they bear!

Pauls Bods22 Aug 2017 8:08 a.m. PST

Most only do most manufacturers only supply one Standard bearer, but the flag/standard is either too small or too big
or the wrong shape, a rectangle when it should be a square or a square when it should be a rectangle
or embossed with an unpaintable design
or wrapped around the figure Holding it making it virtually impossible to paint and difficult or impossible to remove without trashing the figure.
Me, IŽd prefer that they left the flag off entirely and just provided a (or two)Standard bearer(s) Holding a bare Standard pole and let us add the flag (s). I wouldnŽt even mind if they wee the same pose, just not with the (IMHO) wasted plastic they call a flag/Standard.

GurKhan22 Aug 2017 1:47 p.m. PST

Build 96-figure battalions?

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2017 8:36 p.m. PST

+1 GurKhan for the win.

Always go with the big battalions!

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

davbenbak Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2017 7:41 a.m. PST

Now to find a Napoleonic or ACW rule set that works with a 10:1 figure ratio. 96 figure battalions could be fun! I love to learn new rule sets and rebase figures. Let's see. I find that on average I need a 1/2 inch wide by 3/4 inch deep space for each 1/72 figure depending if they are facing forward or sideways. If I mounted my French in a three deep line that would make a battalion 16 inches wide and 2 1/4 inches deep. Oh but wait…the French only need one standard bearer and that's what I got in the box of 48! Now instead of being short on flag men I have an excess. Oh the insanity! Please make it stop!

skinkmasterreturns24 Aug 2017 2:22 a.m. PST

I just take a figure marching with shouldered arms,remove the musket and replace with brass wire and make my own.

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