One of my favourite stand up routines is Eddie Izzard in his Dressed to Kill show a part of which he talks about European Empires and how they were built by the cunning use of flags. Go google it – I hope you laugh!
Anyway, I decided to model my Commissar for my Bolt Action Russians with a big Soviet flag. As I did so, I was constantly reminded of the question “Do you have a Flag??”. Well now I can say yes I do – and I’m hoping it will bring my forces some much needed motivation on the battlefield!
This is one of the Russian command figures from Warlord games. It came with my 1000pt starter army and had been lying unpainted since January. On building my Shtrafbat squad and deciding I needed a Commissar to run with them, I dug this chap out of the box and set about building him a flag. The model itself is sculpted to be holding something, so a big flag seemed to make sense. The flag was easily built with a bit of wire, some milliput to thicken the pole, a piece of cut up cloth from the charity/junk pile, a pipe cleaner from the kids craft box and some cut and paste work on the computer.
The only problem is the out-stretched hand was too small for any of my drills to go through, so the flag pole is stuck on top and bottom. I also stuck the flag to the back of the pistol to add some support; however, it still is a bit fragile and I’ll have to see how it stands up to transport and gaming.
The flag itself was surprisingly easy to put together – this is the first big flag I’ve done. Sandwiched the cloth together around the wire with a stripped pipe cleaner running width ways to allow me to shape it. Found a good flag image from google and then cut and pasted two images side by side to the right size and printed them off. Cut them out as one long rectangle and stuck it over the cloth. Added some weathering with some watered down paint (brown/black) and dry brushed some grey around the frayed edges. Added milliput over the exposed wire to bulk it out and plopped a small ball of milliput on top of the pole. Stuck it all on to the model and job done.
Now with the cunning use of a flag I can go forth and claim my empire. And shoot some cowardly Shtrafbats along the way!