Arab Standard Bearer

The Gripping Beast figures I purchased for my Arab WAB army does not include banners with the standard bearer figures.  The model is simply a figure with hands prepared to accept a home made shaft and banner.  Time to see what I can come up with.

Making a banner for a standard bearer

First, flattened a ball of Procreate between two sheets of plastic taken from a milk jug.  (A little bit of water on the plastic & I had zero issues with the putty sticking to the work surface.)  Next, cut the shape of the banner with an exacto blade (press the cut – don’t drag the cut).  Finally, prop up the banner on a few rods to add the flowing shape.

The standard rod is .052 gauge brass rod.  The banner is attached using super glue with a strip of paper folded over the joint span.  Not only does the paper hide the ugly meeting between banner and rod, but I also hope the superglue infused paper will add a lot of joining strength.

Over all I’m satisfied with the result.  The spotty paper should clean up once painted.  The banner shaft is a bit short, but I’ll sacrifice height for easy transportation of the model.  In the photograph I can see finger prints, but in real life the surface appears clean.

standard bearer

Standard bearer

Standard bearer back

Standard bearer back


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  1. #1 by RonSaikowski on July 17, 2008 - 10:19 am

    Nice job on the banner, and thanks for the little step by step tutorial.

    Seems downright simple to do and the results are nice. You’ll post the painted results when done right?

  2. #2 by Brent on July 23, 2008 - 2:10 pm

    Looks great Rich. What an ingenious idea with the folded paper and superglue. I’m going to be making a banner for my Orc Warriors and I’ll try the same technique.

    Did you consider using wax paper to flatten out the banner?

  3. #3 by chicagoterrainfactory on July 23, 2008 - 3:21 pm

    Brent – your referring to the wave in the banner? That was an intentional effect – I wanted the whipping in the wind look. For a flat banner, just leave it on the milk jug plastic while it sets up.

  4. #4 by Tim Mayer on July 23, 2008 - 7:06 pm

    Nice work!

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