A discursive look at Napoleonic & ECW wargaming, plus a load of old Hooptedoodle on this & that

Monday, 20 February 2012

A Little More on Fonts

I really haven't got much further, but here's a sample of what I've been doing today. I've attempted to produce an approximate simulation of some of the text in the flag shown in the photo (which seems to belong to the 4th battalion of the Guards of Spain(?) - seems a very informal flag for such a formal sounding unit..).

My first line below the photo is simply added using a standard downloaded TrueType font, JSL Antique - exactly as the characters come. I also printed out a complete alphabet on a very large PaintShop 'canvas', and manually edited certain letters in the alphabet to make them more like the flag. The edited alphabet thus exists at present only in a graphical form on a very large jpeg file. I produced the second line of text simply by copying and pasting individual letters from my edited alphabet - this is childishly crude, but in fact doesn't take long to do, and has an unexpected advantage in that the manual placement of the letters gives a pleasing additional touch of shabbiness - makes it look less like a machine font (I think).

Next steps? - no idea - I suppose I might be able to create a new TrueType font based on my edited version of JSL Antique, or it may be that what I have done here is versatile enough and sufficiently useful to provide all I need without going to the trouble of producing actual fonts - I'll still require a variety of starting fonts, but I have a few of those now, and it's not bad for 5 minutes work, is it?

The laugh, of course, is that in 20mm scale you can hardly see the text anyway...



  1. The second line of text looks spot on! Can't wait to see the finished product!

  2. I think that you have found your font ! Your improvised line looks splendid and I'll file the name of the font away for future reference. One can fiddle quite freely with letter size ledding in some graphics programmes (I use Illustrator once again) but this would be quite fiddly to produce all the irregularity you have obtained by placing individual letters, and one would need to leave a space for the reversed N (what does that signify - the dipthong n ?) anyway. You would be no further ahead using Illustrator. And, in 20mm, almost all of this detail will be invisible anyway, as you note.

    I'm sad to hear the flag was actually white. The stained coffee or sepia or whatever almost gives a Shroud of Turin like quality to the flag . You could paint what you wanted us to see in the background!

  3. Jim - I had a couple of emails about the revised font - it may not be in big demand, but I'll put the graphic version of it up in a short post. If anyone is interested enough to play copy & paste with the bits then good luck to them!

    I plain white flag is a bit dull, I agree - I'm likely to include the odd image of the Virgin or a rough Bourbon cross or something. Only mark on the "Flag of Turin" is evidence of the same lettering on the other side, slightly below that on the side we can see - does that suggest it was embroidered? - painted? I guess these things were put together by the women of the town, so quality might vary depending on the talent available (that didn't come out right...).