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Gerard Leman writes:

Great stuff. I was always curious why the Spanish Republic used purple as one of the colors of its flag, but I see that purple was a surprisingly common uniform color in the early modern period. Surprising, in any event, to those of us more accustomed to French and English uniforms, where it rarely appears. I assume the purple dye was made from various sea snails. Yet historically, this dye was expensive to produce, and seemed to remain so until synthetic dyes were developed in the 19th cent. It does seem that the "purple" had a strong reddish hue. See Wikipedia article on "Tyrian purple."

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Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP of Minairons Miniatures writes:

I've just released a further PDF booklet on the War of the Spanish Succession, this one a little larger than the one- or two-page uniform guides I've been publishing so far.

Under the title of Notes on Philip V's Infantry Flags, this new six-page free booklet deals with the evolution of the Two Crowns' Spanish infantry colors since the very early reign of Philip d'Anjou until the end of the war. I hope this comprehensive (or so I think?) guide will help WSS aficionados to better understand Spanish flag patterns of this period, so poorly covered elsewhere.

It's also intended there to share the factual data and hypotheses behind my own reconstructions of them – all this, duly backed by a hopefully useful bibliographical listing.

Flags Booklet

With time, it's my aim to publish similar booklets on Austrophile Spanish (or Austro-Catalans, name them at will) and Portuguese flags too. Hope this initiative is to be welcome!

Also, I've taken advantage of this publication above for releasing a new set of Two Crowns Spanish infantry flags – now those of the renowned Castile Infantry Regiment, formerly known as Old Purples Tercio. As usual, those flag sets have been released in 1:100, 1:72 and 1:56 scales altogether. Let me also comment that there are plans for boosting soon the 1:144 scale versions of all our collection too.

Flags Release

As it couldn't be otherwise, these releases above have been accompanied by a PDF painting guide, devoted to that very same regiment. All my PDF guides can be downloaded for free, BTW.

Uniform Guide

And last but not least, our recently started 1:72 scale WSS figure range is going to see further releases quite soon. But let me keep some mystery around for a while…

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