Sunday, September 21, 2008

Mirlton Mania:

A good painter over at The Grand Duchy of Stollen, 1768 asked about the coloured cloth on the mirlton.

This wraparound colored cloth is often depicted on minis as being somewhat 'unraveled' and flying about, which is likely to be the case once battlefield action has started. However the 'normal' condition of the cloth would be more as depicted in the image to the right. The cloth was normally kept up and clean in appearance, the 'wild flying' moment reserved for once the wind had done its job and released it into motion.

The cloth was not always coloured, however my researches has shown that the cloth is normally the same color as either the 'cuffs' or the 'coveralls'. Thus with many of the Prussian units, the cloth would be of such a dark colour as to be indistinguishable from the hat it was connected to.

1 comment:

Fitz-Badger said...

Ah, interesting. Thanks for the info and cool pictures!