Tuesday, 29 November 2016

WSS Project for 2017 & Some Flags

I decided a couple of months back that my project for 2017 is going to be The War of Spanish Succession. I was going to do the Seven Years War but a friend convinced me to go for something closer to the Golden Age of Piracy.  And after a bit of a research into the era and looking at uniforms etc, I was convinced.

Then there was also the fantastically presented Beneath the Lily Banners by The League of Augsburg which also went a long way to sway my feeble & easily influenced mind. All those beautiful figures and colourful flags. What more can a wargamer ask for?

So, I've been hitting up Ebor Miniatures pretty hard for their excellent value, regimental deals. Lovely figures and I can't wait to get stuck into them in the new year. I've also collected some Front Rank to supplement the Ebor chaps. And, being a bit of a Francophile, I decided to go with a French army but I can see that I'll, more than likely, move onto other nations some time in the future.

Actually getting prepared for a project is something new for me, as I usually just go full-steam-ahead on whatever comes along. I'll be interested to see how I go with a bit more structure and pre-planning.

I've also decided to collect my troops in line with the Battle of Blenheim as there seems to be a goodly amount of information available on uniforms & organisation as well as there being a fair few nations/armies involved. 

Anyway, because I have to do "something", and I'm being very patient with my desire to drop everything else and immediately start painting figures, I decided to start doing flags. So, I created a nice big photoshop working file that I can chop and change to create all the flags I'll ever need (I hope). I can see that some of these are going to be a challenge (the Dauphin's flag for instance) but I'll tackle them as I need them.

Here are some that I've done so far. These are low quality jpegs and I don't know if they're any good for printing. I save them as full sized pdfs for printing. If you want them, leave a comment and I'll send them on to you.

This is what I'm going to start with when the painting begins. 
Apart from the colourful flags, there is a suburb close to me named Montmorency (where I use to live many years ago).

This one is one of the first pages I made before I decided to organise them into brigades.


  1. I look forward to following the development of your project. I have an interest in WSS too but with so many projects already, I must be content to watch yours from a safe distance.

  2. I'm trying to finish off as many of my other things as I can at the moment so that I don't have to much getting in the way for this project.

  3. Hi, I too have recently started a WSS project, bought Front Rank troops and my lead mountain has enlarged considerably! I REALLY
    really like your painting method, I'm going to give it a shot on my next French unit,hopefully I can come close to your standard.... After looking at those lovely flags you designed I'd really love a copy of them if that's not too cheeky �� Keep up the good work!

    1. Hi Mike, here's a dropbox link that I hope will allow you to access the flags. The folder says "Watermarked Jpegs" but only one sheet is watermarked (this was an experiment for the possibility of selling them but I decided to give them away).
      If this link doesn't work send me a direct email at iankhemm(at)gmail.com

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  5. Hi Ian,Thank you,very considerate!