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Simon the Squirrel20 Dec 2021 12:31 p.m. PST

As far as I understand it, a regiment was split into two battalions and both battalions would have the same flags?

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Dec 2021 1:14 p.m. PST

Which nation are you asking about ?

JimDuncanUK20 Dec 2021 1:50 p.m. PST

For example:

The Swedish infantry line regiments had 8 companies each with their own colour. They would be deployed in 2 battalions.


To elaborate a little. One of the companies would be the Colonels company and his colour would often be quite different from the other company colours.

Swampking20 Dec 2021 2:33 p.m. PST

Battalions were 'field' units. For Swedish regiments – 8 companies (in general) made up a regiment, with each company carrying a colour. As JimDuncanUK pointed out, one company would carry the 'Lifana' (normally white), with the others carrying 'Kompanifana' – company colours.

It's safe to say that for wargaming purposes, the major combatants – Saxony, Russia, Prussia, Denmark-Norway would follow the same basic structure. However, if you want to paint up a passel of Poles or a lot of Lithuanians – then you could add more flags – because the Poles/Lithuanians carried a lot of flags. The same can be said for the Ottomans.

Simon the Squirrel20 Dec 2021 2:56 p.m. PST

Thanks for the info.

I need to know for Sweden and Russia. I read that Russian Companies had their own flags, so the same as Sweden.

Skeets Supporting Member of TMP20 Dec 2021 6:42 p.m. PST

I gave the Sovereign's color to my Saxon 1st battalion and the Regimental color to the 2nd battalion. May not be right but it looks good.

Simon the Squirrel20 Dec 2021 8:43 p.m. PST

One flag per battalion makes sense and a bit cheaper too.

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP21 Dec 2021 4:17 a.m. PST

Some interesting info, thank you!

Swampking21 Dec 2021 10:51 a.m. PST

Most wargamers use 1 colour per battalion, although I think 2 colours look better.

Skeets – I do the same with my Swedish and Norwegian armies – it may not be 'historically accurate' but it is a hobby.

Regarding the GNW Russians – if you're raising a 'New' army – meaning the units are based on the European system and not Streltsi, then, I think 1 or 2 colours for battalion looks right – especially in 15mm or 10/6mm. If you're raising a GNW Russian army in 25mm/28mm – 1 colour looks great in a battalion of 12-18. If you're using 'big' battalions of 24 minis, then, you can use 2 colours.

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dbf167621 Dec 2021 2:13 p.m. PST

My Swedish regiments have the livfana and one company color for the first battalion and two company colors for the second battalion. I use the excellent Warfare Miniatures flags. The same principle for the Russians.

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