Help support TMP

"Appropriate Standards for Indian Chariots" Topic

6 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.

Back to the Ancients Discussion Message Board

454 hits since 8 Nov 2017
©1994-2018 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

goragrad08 Nov 2017 1:02 a.m. PST

Recently picked up a light and a heavy Indian Chariot manufactured by Irregular Miniatures.

Both come with standards to be mounted at the rear of the chariot.

My question regards the types of standards – the heavy came with a pole with an ankh/tau cross at the top and the light with a pole with a classic Celtic/Roman boar.

Are these appropriate or would cloth banners be the correct choice?

Posted this on Fanaticus and was reminded to check the Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars section on Indians.

Note there that a silver boar was listed as an animal used on standards, which raises the question of whether that boar looked like the European version.

At any rate any input appreciated.

olicana08 Nov 2017 10:05 a.m. PST

The only standards I've seen (limited to on wargames tables) have had umbrellas as 'standards'.

evilgong08 Nov 2017 5:50 p.m. PST

The Mahabarata describes chariot flags of the heroes, which presumably the author thought were at least something like his contemporaries.

From my scribbled notes standards include;

Hanuman the monkey-god

Garuda the mythic bird

night blue banner

'fine emblazoned flags'

a water gourd

scarlet elephant,

sun and stars on azure blue

one with moons, animals and lovely flowers

scarlet bull

boar on silver

bright flowers




oriflamme with palmyra emblem

'bright-hued banners'

jeweled elephant

black deerskin standard with water vessel

gigantic silver lion with blue eyes

golden moon device with planets circling it


golden furrow

Other detail includes;

freshly painted chariots adorned with flowers,

white parasols, one in gold

bunches of herbs tied to chariot to ward off evil

chariot draped with tiger skins,


David F Brown

goragrad09 Nov 2017 12:59 a.m. PST

Thanks for the responses.

JJartist14 Nov 2017 2:14 p.m. PST

Those are good suggestions (Thnaks David) and warrant an image search..

I've always wanted to do this one


TKindred Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2017 2:36 a.m. PST

I may not add banners/standards to my chariots, but they will certainly be brightly painted.

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.