Saturday, September 17, 2016

Lost and Found (flags), and British Dragoon/DG facing tables

    The lost GMB flags for my British cavalry have surfaced, and those appropriate to the three Dragoon/Dragoon Guard regiments have been bestowed upon them with all due pomp and ceremony... As well as some white glue! There was probably some karma at work here. The post on the Canaanite army that Ken gifted me with has been in the "must do" queue for quite some time, and I finally got around to it. When I opened the Really Useful Box that I had them stored in, it had some "in process" figures within, and in my pre Historicon preparations, I found that I had swept the flags into the box as well, as I knew the cavalry was at the top of the list to do after the convention. Lost flags -  found!


Here they are in their splendor! The flags of the Dragoon Guards are square, like those of the Life Guards and the Horse Guards, because the Dragoon Guards descended from the regiments of Horse, which were heavy cavalry, while the Dragoon regiments have the swallow tail guidons associated with their arm of service. as noted previously, few if any British cavalry regiments carried any of their flags in the filed after 1812, but not so for my lads!


The 3rd (Prince of Wakes) Dragoon Guards standard  has a white field and gold fringe, in keeping with the regiment's white facing and yellow lace. The three feathered cap of the regiment's namesake is prominent, if less easily distinguished due to the white feathers on a white field.


The 2nd (Royal North British) Dragoons have the usual guidon shaped flag. In British cavalry regiments, the first squadron caries the Kings standard, and each of the other squadrons has a regimental flag. Ordinarily, the King's standard has a crimson field, whereas the regimental flags have their fields in the facing color. Since I like the aesthetics of the flags matching the facings, most of my regiments carry their Regimental colors. I will use some of the left over King's colors for units that GMB doesn't list flags for. 


The guidon of the 3rd (Queen's Own) Dragoons is a very bluish green, almost a turquoise hue. The Hamilton-Smith diagrams show the green if this regiment as being a rather dull shade more towards the yellow than the blue end of the spectrum, which is how I painted them. In keeping with the unit's white lace, the fringe is silver.


British Dragoons and Dragoon Guards, 1803 - 1812
Unit
Title
Facings
Lace
1st Dragoon Guards
King’s
Dark Blue
Gold
2nd Dragoon Guards
Queen’s
Black
Silver
3rd Dragoon Guards
Prince of Wales’s
White
Gold
4th Dragoon Guards
Royal Irish
Dark Blue
Silver
5th Dragoon Guards
Princess Charlotte f Wales
Green
Gold
6th Dragoon Guards
Carabiniers
White
Silver
7th Dragoon Guards
Prince Royal’s
Black
Gold
1st Dragoons
Royal
Dark Blue
Gold
2nd Dragoons
Royal North British
Dark Blue
Gold*
3rd Dragoons
King’s Own
Dark Blue
Gold
4th Dragoons
Queen’s Own
Green
Silver
5th Dragoons
vacant
--
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6th Dragoons
Inniskilling
Yellow
Silver
* white lace for men

British Dragoons and Dragoon Guards, 1812
Unit
Title
Facings
Lace $
1st Dragoon Guards
King’s
Dark Blue
Yellow
2nd Dragoon Guards
Queen’s
Black
White
3rd Dragoon Guards
Prince of Wales’s
White @
Yellow
4th Dragoon Guards
Royal Irish
Dark Blue
White
5th Dragoon Guards
Prncs Charlotte of Wales's
Green
Yellow
6th Dragoon Guards
Carabiniers
White
White
7th Dragoon Guards
Prince Royal’s
Black
Yellow
1st Dragoons
Royal
Dark Blue
Yellow
2nd Dragoons
Royal North British
Dark Blue
White*
3rd Dragoons
King’s Own
Dark Blue
Yellow
4th Dragoons
Queen’s Own
Green #
White
5th Dragoons
vacant
--
--
6th Dragoons
Inniskilling
Yellow
White
$ Officer’s lace was gold or silver
@ 3rd D.G. changed facings to blue in 1815, then yellow in 1819
* Officer’s lace gold; men’s lace white until 1813, then yellow
#  sometimes described as blue-green

19 comments:

  1. Flags/banners always look impressive, which helps the figures look awesome on the wargame table top...lovely sight of the British "1815 Waterloo - Union?" Cavalry Brigade Peter!

    cheers,

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    1. Not quite the Union Brigade; I chose the regiments for their varied facing colors! :-)

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  2. The addition of flags dress up your British cavalry nicely. I like the GMG flags a lot.

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    1. Glad you like them, Jon. I love the flags with them as well.

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  3. Most fetching Peter. They finish off the units nicely.

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  4. The units certainly look good. Nice to see the standards.

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    1. Thanks, Joe! I was definitely remembering your own Greys as I was painting mine!

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  5. A lovely selection of regiments, and the standards provide the perfect finishing touch.

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  6. Great flags that really dramatize already excellent figures

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  7. Nice flags, finish the units off very well.
    Best Iain

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