Interesting comments there, I completely agree that the soldiers would be scared. Interesting too that you think the soldiers are certain to lose. I was hoping they had a chance to defeat the Seithe ship. Many of the soldiers will die in this great battle at least, and they know it, but I want them to show a belief in themselves to come out victorious. This does not mean by any way that they will not have fear written on their faces and I dearly want to incorporate this in the final composition.
The flag bearer is there to rally the troops forward, himself a battle veteran who has earned the right to guard the colours from his previous vicories, whence the decorative sword and glove. It would be wrong in that respect for him to be scared, but for other soldiers acceptable. It almost reminds me of the Russian WWII battles we see on film, such as ‘Enemy at the Gates’ where Russian Officers send troops off into battle, should they take a single step backwards they are shot.
I’ll certainly be looking into WWII archives and see what comes out of it. Thanks for the advice, it’s really helpful!