Flags of War!



With the mother load of army lists and background info up and running it’s probably time to concentrate a little on the miniatures side of things for The Abyssinian Crisis.

Before jumping onto any miniatures in particular however, right from the start the problem of getting some high quality Ethiopian and Italian flags for this period was a pressing one. These are the three flags I needed to get going more or less straight away.


Note – these flags show colours in reverse order i.e. red-yellow-green. The correct (as far as we know) is green-yellow-red i.e. green on top.

Unfortunately they weren’t available so I’d be required to paint them or print them via photoshop or such..both sub standard options for my skill set!

However the good chap, Ian,  at Flags of War came to the rescue. I have a number of Ian’s flags (notably his lovely SCW flags) and for those not familiar with them, in my opinion they are amongst the best, if not the best, flags available.

Originally these flags were going to be ready for viewing in the release article for the Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy November issue ‘launching‘ the Abyssinian Crisis idea but for reasons unknown the original order of flags went AWOL in the post. Very graciously Ian supplied me with my flags again for no charge and I can’t thank him enough for that as I got a few of them!

Up until then I was using these crappy home made jobs…shown here with the Ethiopian Imperial Guard. OK, but not what I was after.


However, using the FoW flags we graduate to something far more appealing and frankly, lovely. He has done an excellent job of them and will, I hope, get to the Ethiopian Imperial Guard flag with the Ethiopian lion emblazoned upon it (hint, hint Ian!). We had a bit of a discussion on the flags of the period on LAF – worth a quick look.



Note – the photo doesn’t quite do them justice and the pics below showing the flags ‘uncut’ give a better impression of the rich colours he has used.



flag mounted green-yellow-red, which is the reverse of the way it is printed.

The flags are mounted on a bit of piano wire, using white glue to secure to the pole and then a watered down white glue to join both halves together. Do this reasonably quickly else the glue dries fast and if the flag isn’t aligned or shaped how you want it to by then it’s hard to reposition, if not impossible..you have about 15 seconds to get it right…you have been warned!

Also note that the printed flag on the sheet has the red colour on top. It is understood that green was the top colour so you need to mount them upside down to how they are printed…which off course makes no difference to the finished flag.

The flags themselves have a very nice texture, I think they might be ink jet printed on some thickish paper that is easy to fold and bend. It’s best to bend the flag with a round pen or something like that to get it too ‘flow’.

After it’s all dry I get a matching paint to touch up the edges and get rid of the invariable white edge that appears when you glue the two halves of the flag together.

So there you are, superb flags for Ethiopian and Italian forces specific for The Abyssinian Crisis!

Lastly, these flags will work for Colonial era Ethiopian flags (think Adowa) and also for WW2 Italian in East Africa (ala Keren)…so they are very handy indeed! Thanks again to Ian for supplying an excellent product and even better service!












This picture very nicely shows the rich colours and texturing on the flag – gorgeous!