Another Country Discovered --
Well, not really . . . but I got to thinking. My Saxe-Bearstein forces are based on those of Hanover. Their major adversary during the mid-18th century was France.
No one in our group is currently thinking of France . . . but I'd like to have a French-type force available. The solution, of course, is to build it myself after I've got my Saxe-Bearstein troops painted.
Okay, so what shall I call this new nation? Currently I'm thinking of Stagonia. I know, it doesn't sound French . . . but I've got a nice leaping stag graphic that will fit well with the flags I've been designing.
One of the advantages of modeling an imaginary country after France is that (with all of their allies) there is a tremendous variety of uniforms in the French army.
For the basic infantry pattern, I intend to use the French "quartering" system . . . sort of. The quarters will be in the "facing color" while the cross will be in the coat color . . . and the central device will be the "white deer" on gold.
As an example, the two infantry flags I've posted would be for a white uniform with purple facings and a red uniform with black facings.
For the cavalry flags, I will use the "white deer" on a field of the "facing color", with a fringe in the button color.
The examples would be one with a blue facing and one with a yellow facing. Both are shown here with gold fringes; but it would be easy enough to change them to silver -- thus doubling the number of cavalry units.
Finally, I've redesigned the dragoon flag to be more in the shape of the French Dragoon flags. I'll have the coat color on the lower half and the facing color above, with a fringe in the button color.
Sure, I know that I'll probably change some (or perhaps all) of this before I actually get around to it -- but what fun it is to plan it (even if I never do get to it).