Divisions are partitions of the field into separately
coloured sections. Some times the larger ordinaries or other charges are
also coloured using one of the simpler divisions, such as a roundel
per pale azure and or. DrawShield supports the following
Divisions of Two Tinctures
"Large" divisions - per pale, per fess, per bend,
per chevron, quarterly, per pile, per saltire
More "pattern like" divisions - barry, bendy, paly,
pily, fusily, chevronny, gyronny, with most of these you can
also specify the number of "bars" e.g. barry of 8,
gyronny of 12 etc.
There are also variants of the above, but with a fixed number of
"bars" - barry-bendy, barry-pily, fusily-bendy,
paly-bendy, pily-bendy, barry-indented-one-in-the-other.
"Smaller" divisions - chape, chausse
Some authorities regard lozengy as a division.
DrawShield handles lozengy as a treatment, however the end result
appears identical when drawn.
Divisions of Three Tinctures
The following divisions need three tinctures to be provided, the
tinctures are typically given in the order top right and "clockwise"
around the shield - per pall, tierced-in-bend, tierced-in-fess,
The division per pile is rather special, as it can take
either two tinctures (in which the pile itself takes the 2nd tincture); or three
tinctures (in which the three parts are coloured from left to right).
All of the "larger" divisions may be drawn with a pattern along the
lines of separation, instead of a straight line. See the page on edges for more details. In
addition, there are two special divisions which have pattern edges only
along the named edge - quarterly-per-pale,
It is also possible to have two different divisions on the same
shield, as long as the second division is described as
counterchanged. The second division will overlay the
first, but with the colours reversed.
Some divisions are treated slightly differently when they appear on flags - further details can be found on the Flags page.
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