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I will be using a tank commander flying a banner on one of my demolishers. The problem with this is that my tanks are all corroded, as my army is an urban strike force that fights in huge hive cities and is subject to acid rain and other corrosive environmental effects. My question is what would that do to a piece of cloth? Would it look strange to have a pristine banner alongside a corroded vehicle? If so, how do I paint damage/wear on the standard?
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Banners tend t be more transient than teh metal hulks that are tanks - they probably have to replace pennants etc quite often, so a pristine banner wouldn't look too out of place. However, in all likelhood, teh banner has burn holes from enemy fire, as well as weathering from acid rain.
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Some thoughts for you. They may use small banners as large ones snag and catch on stuff in a torn up city. Simple tactical logic.
They may replace the traditional cloth standards for metal ones when not doing ceremonial work. In WWII many staff vehicles and HQ vehicles had smal metal flags made from flat plate and attached to the fenders so as to point back down the car/tank for aerodynamics.
Lastly, if you do go down the cloth route I'd weatehr it lots to be inkeeping with your models. Really tatty and lots of holes. If you did keep it looking new then I'd look at having some of the armour plates on your tanks appear new too as though freshly replaced. Maybe still in the undercoat colour fresh from the forgeworld.