From Designer Eric Cox
this definitive collection of flags for China's tumultuous conflicts of the 19th and early 20th Centuries.
the limited selection and lack of authentic miniature flags that has always been
the case for this complex subject, TVAG has commissioned gifted designer Eric Cox to fill the void.
With the invaluable aid of June and Frontis Wiggins who helped with translations
and questions of calligraphy, as well as source materials from The People's
Republic of China, we proudly present these unique works beautifully combining art and
There will be at least five ranges of flags covering a variety of wars in China,
starting with the Tai-P'ing Rebellion and the units of "Imitation Foreign Devils" raised by the
Emperor to fight against it. There will also be a separate range of Manchu/Qing flags
covering the periods of the Opium and Arrow Wars, the Tai-P'ing and Boxer Rebellions. There
will also be a range of flags and banners of the Boxers themselves. In addition, a range of
Chinese "Pirate" flags is also coming which will include examples from the 1840's through
Nationalist flags of the 1920's.
initial release for the Tai-P'ing Rebellion includes some 604 distinct
flag designs, with 974 available altogether. When completed, the 19th Century Chinese Flags
Collection will be--by far--the largest, most authentic and comprehensive collection of
miniature Chinese military flags ever produced anywhere.
flags are sold in Sets ranging from as few as 16 to seventy, but organized in such a way as to be
complete for their specific subject. All are printed in full color on 24-lb bond for quality
reproduction and finished appearance.
Following the practice at TVAG, the Sets are offered in 28mm, 20mm, 15mm, and 6mm scales--so almost
any miniatures collection can benefit from these beautiful accessories.
The price per flag runs around .35 cents each , though Sets
are priced based on the number of flags in it, not their scale. Yet, you will not find any flags for
several times the price that are as detailed, exacting, and comprehensive in scope.
Designs, patterns, and
details are all based on original examples wherever
possible, though no formal regulations for the 19th Century have been positively
determined. There were regional and personal designs which also varied by
"fashion" as well as purpose. Flags could vary by size and shape
as well as text, with each type representing a different level of Command or
organization. The Mandarin characters on all flags are correct, both in translation and
often styles of calligraphy. Chinese Military Flags could convey a great deal
of information, and this is broken and down and explained on the following
these flags are expected to be used primarily for miniature wargames, their
primary function of identifying Units and Commanders would largely be impossible
to most Western eyes. The difficulty of reading the Chinese text would be
compounded by small size (and very small indeed at 6mm scale!) and the
fact that many flags appear to have been used repeatedly at different levels of
command. The decision was made early on that the flags should not only be
as authentic as possible, but functional as well. Therefore, many flag
Sets are unified by the use of Base Colors which carry forward from the most
senior Commander's Flag down to some sub-units. These Base Colors
might first appear as a field color, then move to a border, or possibly appear in other ways. In the Armies of the
Tai-P'ings and Manchu's, size and shape of flag also helped identify levels of command.
Any flags in the line may be obtained in 54mm Scale
on a "custom order" basis. Similarly, for $7.00 each, Eric Cox will attach any 54mm or 28mm flags to steel or brass pins, adding
tassels (which come with the flags ready to cut out and apply) or other appropriate decorations and send them to the buyer, postpaid. Discounts will apply to
large enough orders.
As a special service, Eric can also "personalize" your choice of
Commander's Flag with the buyer's name, using the proper Mandarin glyphs, and make other changes to
guarantee a unique addition to your war games collection!
For information and details, please
Links To Each Range
"The Kingdom of Heavenly Peace"
Flags of The Tai-P'ing Armies
"Imitation Foreign Devils"
Flags for the "Ever Victorious" and "Ever Triumphant" Armies, Plus Other Formations
"Righteous Harmonious Fists"
Flags & Banners for the "Boxer Rebellion"
Chinese Pirate Flags
Manchu/Qing Military Flags and Banners
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