I love GMB Design flags, I really do! Yep, call me a ‘fan-boy’ if you like, but I think there are no better wargames flags on the market. I had the pleasure of presenting my Minden British with their colours last night, and am very pleased with the results. The GMB flags are exquisite – beautifully drawn, rich colours, subtle shading and the most amazing detail.
There are two things that are crucial for getting the best out of GMB (or any other) paper flags:
- Crease the flag diagonally, not vertically. This makes the flag look as though it has some weight. Too often I see flags that have been bent straight up and down, with vertical folds that looks very unconvincing. My technique is to glue the two halves together round the pole with PVA, let the flag set for a minute, then quite viciously crumple it diagonally against the pole. I then tease the folds back out a little, till I get the look I want. Once the glue dries, the shape is permanently set.
- Paint the edges. White edges destroy the effect of even the best flags. Try to match the edge colours to the flag design. On these flags I used red, blue and very light sand to touch up the edges.
Oh, and one other thing – don’t varnish your flags. Grahame at GMB already sprays them with a protective coating (as otherwise the inks would run), so there is no need to inflict yet another coat which might dull or put an unwanted sheen on the colours, or perhaps cause even worse problems over time.