U.S.S. New Glory (left) and U.S.S. Coeur D’Alene
One of the tasks I wanted to tackle whilst I was enjoying the Christmas and New Year break was to add the flags to my ACW ships. Sadly I was unable to do this but I have now gotten around to it. Thus far I have ‘flagged’ 7 out of the 13 models and have two further ships currently under the brush. All being well I will have these two finished by the end of the week. From my stock of MDF pieces and other raw material I should be able to build another three or four models for the ACW but I desperately need order some additional pieces from Warbases.
For the ships of the Union the flag was very straightforward, less so for the Confederacy. I opted to use the early version of the Confederate naval ensign as well as the battle flag. The ensign with a white field was not popular as it looked too much like a white flag. From what I have read it seems like the correct issue of flag was usually the least of the problems the Confederates had to contend with!
The flags I am using are rather large and are non scale specific. This does not bother me as naval ensigns could be much larger than their land counterparts.
I am pleased with the way these have come out - Tony at Brigade Models produced the flags for me - and they also take Satin varnish which I think helps to bring out the colours. They certainly add to the models. I shall get the remaining six models ‘flagged’ tomorrow - these are the 3 smaller monitors and 3 casemate ironclads.
Everything scheduled for this weeks battle will be sporting an ensign (at last!).