The Mahdist Wars Flag Collection
As part of the research for the Mahdist
Wars Source Book, Eric Cox researched and designed
full color renderings of the original flag examples which
appeared some 25 years ago in Savage And Soldier
Magazine. With new information and advice from
acknowledged expert Douglas Johnson, plus new photographic
examples being provided by Michael Scott in the UK, he has
been able to produce the last word in authentic Mahdist and
Egyptian Army Flags for the Sudan.
With his usual thoroughness and attention to
detail, Eric has produced the definitive Mahdist War Flags
Collection. Not only has he duplicated each existing
example of flags, but by following what can be deduced from
them has provided large numbers of variants to match.
All texts are the authentic, original Arabic, with translations provided.
Fine details of calligraphy have been faithfully duplicated so that flags made
by different tailors retain their unique qualities--and quirks!
Sometime after the fall of Khartoum to the Ansar,
a Tailor of Flags was established and a certain uniformity
of flag design was imposed upon the Mahdiyya.
Each Emir who led his own men into battle carried his own
flag, which tended to be larger than those of the Rubs
under him. Thus, each Set of Mahdist Flags has
several, different large flags for a number of Emirs.
Each of these designs has four smaller, identical versions
to be carried by that many Rubs led by the same Emir.
If more than four matching Rub flags are
desired, they may be specially ordered by contacting TVAG by
Further, each Flag Set is provided in all
five of the major gaming scales--54mm, 25/28mm. 20mm, 15mm,
and 6mm. The number of flags in each Set varies
depending on scale, but the current totals range between 235
(in 54mm) and 417 (in 6mm). As usual, each Flag Set
costs the same price irrespective of scale.
All flag Sets are professionally printed on light paper for more realistic texture and thickness. What will
not be clear in the sample pages below is the sharpness of detail, the somewhat faded colors, and on the one-sided flags
the "bleed through" of the details from one side to the other.
More Mahdist Flag Sets will be produced as new flag examples are provided to us from Britain (or
Please Note: The samples shown for each Set do not show all the flags in each,
except for the Mahdist "Movie Flags" which are printed on a single sheet.