Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Swiss Saubanner.

Another of my new year resolutions was to add a little more to my Swiss which has lain dormant for several months now(After all the hard work was completed). I drew this sometime ago and have finally painted it, and a very difficult flag to paint, due to the faded and worn original.


I have used two references to help me, ospeys Swiss at war providing a good image of the original in Zug museum which is  worn and faded and a careful search of the internet finally provided a colour scheme to work on in this modern replica below.

The flag was used by men from Zug and other cantons in early 1477 who were demanding there share of the loot from the Burgundian wars.
  I intend to make a vignette of five figures stood around the Saubanner flag bearer, plus make some extra additions to the  swiss collection with a few command bases and Crossbowmen.

Thanks for looking

Heres another version from the Bern chronicle.

16 comments:

  1. Chris,
    That is a wonderful flag, and would look well on my Swiss.

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  2. Fantastic banner Chris, it will look great with the figures

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  3. What an unusual flag, I don't think I've ever seen anything at all like that before. Excellent painting too - subtle, with loads of character.

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    1. Thanks Midlander, yes a very unusual and very interesting flag which cries out to be replicated in miniature!!!

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  4. Very impressive hand painted banner!

    Christopher

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  5. Amazing work Chris - but then again I'm Danish, and coming from a nation with more pigs than humans (true story), I love all that artistically praises this wonderful animal ;0)

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    1. Thanks Soren, you cannot beat a good piece of Danish bacon for breakfast!

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  6. Love that flag - great painting - didn't realise it was from back in 1477...

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    1. Hi Simon, yes this particular one is, and i also found another version from the Bern chronicles and have added it to the images in this post in case you havent already seen it and need a reference for your own Swiss!

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  7. Gorgeous work sir. That's pure ART and in such a small scale to the original!

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