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SteelViscount19 Sep 2017 3:37 p.m. PST

Does anyone have an idea of what the colours of the British 24th Regiment of Foot would have been at the time of Talavera?

EDIT: In fact, what guides for colours would you recommend generally?

dibble19 Sep 2017 5:15 p.m. PST

Here you go!

A conversion of of a Stephen Hales design The 2nd Battalion colour was devoid of any battle honours until 1817 when Talavera was added. I changed the numerals and added IInd (d) BATTn to both colours. I also brightened the green a little.

As with almost all British Napoleonic flag designs on the net, The wreath is too big but I suppose looks much better over-scaled for wargames armies.

Paul :)

dibble19 Sep 2017 6:14 p.m. PST

Cheap Books on the subject are:

Osprey's Flags of the Napoleonic Wars (1) (2) and (3) and British Colours and Standards 1747 – 1881 (1) Cavalry and (2) Infantry.

Kieth Over's Flags and Standards of the Napoleonic Wars.

What you won't get where British colours are concerned, is a comprehensive run down on what a certain regiment's colour looked like at any given time, though Guards infantry and cavalry regiments and one or two line and cavalry regiments have been documented. For the most-part you have to either go by vague accounts of descriptions or (if there is no information which is the norm in most cases) plum for generic designs with the addition of the regimental number (and battalion indicator for 2nd and subsequent battalions) added, of the regiment you are trying to depict.

Paul :)

Garde de Paris21 Sep 2017 9:03 a.m. PST

I understand that the regimental colour of the 24th was "Willow Green" at that time. Here in the states, the Willow has a leaf with a "true green" on top, but a lighter bluish- or grayish-green underside.

If that is true in the UK, what would the "Wilow Green" of the 24th look like?


dibble21 Sep 2017 11:28 p.m. PST

here you go!


But it doesn't matter because your are viewing from your monitor

The 1/24th Had the Sphinx Battle honour on their colour just below the wreath on both the kings and regimental colour. I don't know if the 2/24th would have had the honour too as they were formed in 1804.

captain Arthur Blake:

Paul :)

Garde de Paris22 Sep 2017 2:01 p.m. PST

Hey, Paul!

That is a great painting! Clearly not a "true" green, but more in the light grey-green or blue-green hue.

Dibble does it again!


PS: Now, I am into the 5th Northumberland Regiment of Foot by Victrix in the Peninsula, and want to find a Colour in pale yellow! I am determined that they would not have had a WWII battle olive blanket ("gosling green") for their regimental colour!

Wnite coats for the drummers. Solid crimson sashes for the sergeants. All to oddities of this great unit!

dibble22 Sep 2017 3:17 p.m. PST


Paul :)

SteelViscount23 Sep 2017 1:28 p.m. PST

Thanks, everyone! I think (read: hope) a more middling green will go unnoticed for facings ;P

Garde de Paris24 Sep 2017 9:47 a.m. PST


Thanks! It looks like I might make that gosling green with "true ochre" and a touch of lime green! Even in 28mm, not that much of the collar and cuffs show on the Victrix Brits.


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