Sunday, 23 December 2012

Simon Langton and John FitzRobert

Simon Langton, Archbishop of york  and John FitzRobert, lord of Warkworth and Clavering, another two of the suretees to  Magna carter 1215.
Both from a battle set, kindly sent to me by Jens from Valdemar Miniatures.

Simon Langton, (b,unknown, died 1248)
He was the Archbishop of york for a very short period,long enough to witness the Magna carter.  He gained the titel in june of 1215 and lost it in august of the same year.  Pope Innocent III anulled it acting upon a request from King John of England.  Langton then went over to Louis VIII of france, acting as Louis´s advisor during the invasion of england in 1215 ( busy year) For joining up with Louis he was excommunicated. He´s quite a character, leading a pretty active life and it´s well worth reading up on his life.
John FitzRobert. (b. ca. 1190 - d.1240)
Described as Lord of  Warkworth Castle. On the Early Blazon site, his livery is portrayed as the one I´ve painted but on searching the web I´ve found THIS version which is apparently blazon of Eustace de Burgh
To be honest I´m sticking with the Early Blazon site´s connection...and I like the colours whoever´s they are :-D.
 
Hello to Robbie from the Independant wargames Group blog. A lovely looking blog with loads of great wargames. The battle field vignettes are really worth a look at.
If anyone is interested in ships...model ones that is, then have a look at the Dusek Ship Kits site. A bit pricey but they are made from real wood and they are very lovely models.

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45 comments:

  1. The liveries came out well. One thing I've been trying to get my head around is the holders of Clergy office in England. They never really seem to be ecclesiastics but just lords who receive Archbishop of this or that as a title. I'll have to investigate this further.

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    1. Thanks Sean.
      A lot of european Bishops etc were basically voted or shunted into office, a lot spent most of thier time either ripping off the locals or going abroad to fight. Some of them, like Simon langton were quite odd and colourfull characters.
      Merry X-mas
      Paul

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  2. These are stunning Paul and a very Happy Christmas to you Sir.

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  3. Beautiful knights Mr. Paul !!
    I wish you a Merry Christmas too, and a happy New Year, plenty full of miniatures !!!!
    Cheers.

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  4. And a merry and blessed Christmas to you and your kin, Paul!

    Cheers
    Monty

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  5. The beautiful colors outlined in black look amazing - very well painted.

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  6. Season's Greetings, Paul. Sorry for not visiting more often - these are very stunning. The heraldry really is eye-catching. The figures themselves very nicely posed and sculpted. Happy Holidays, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean
      Don´t worry about visits etc. I´ve been tied up recently with school so I understand. It´s become a choice in the evenings of wether to paint or catch up on the web.
      Happy X-mas

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  7. Great looking miniatures I'm also putting together an army for this period not sure if you've got these links regarding the Magna Carta.

    http://inthehalloftheplasticking.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://bookbinding.com/magna-carta-2/the-witnesses.html
    http://bookbinding.com/magna-carta-2/the-barons.html

    Hope they are of interest,
    Jason.

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    1. Thanks Jason.
      I´ve found your new blog..spiffing work and a great source for the period.
      Thanks for the links.
      Cheers
      paul

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  8. Wonderful figures and beautiful colors!
    Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

    Regards
    Bruno

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  9. Very beautiful Knights Paul . Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!

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  10. Lovely painting, Paul, and Merry Xmas! Simon

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  11. Wonderfull colourfull painted knights!

    And that's a very nice Christmas Card with Bods on it!

    Merry Christmas to all of you!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.be/

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  12. Evening Paul,
    Lovely figures.
    By the way,and this is really for Sean, I live in the County of Durham which was known as the land of the Prince Bishops. The county was run as a separate principality by the Archbishop. His role was to protect the county from the Scots. I dont think there was much worship done,as the Scots seemed to like raiding the area. Nothing changes.
    Happy Christmas Robbie.

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  13. Now they are really something...Merry Christmas and thanks for all the eye candy in 2012!

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  14. very nice work paul very nice!!! I also like that christmas card.

    merry christmas

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  15. Lovely work as always, Paul - and Merry Christmas.

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  16. The knights are shining bright! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  17. Those are beautiful figures, beautifully painted - as usual!

    A very happy Christmas to you too Sir!

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  18. The simplicity of the bold colours is belied but their wonderfully effective appearance - and such clean crisp effects are tough to do in my experience - well done!

    Merry Christmas to you Paul - I've really enjoyed seeing all your amazing works this year. Best wishes for 2013

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  19. Superb Paul, you've had a most productive year......great work as usual. Merry Christmas.
    Richard

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  20. Fantastic work as usual Paul, the cloth on the nags is splendid!

    All the best for the festive season!

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  21. Beautiful knights!!

    Merry (Pippin?) X-Mas to you and your family!

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  22. Merry X-mas to all ...and don´t drink too much of the cooking sherry.....I did and........:-D

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  23. Merry Christmas Paul!!!

    Lovely Knights !

    Best regards Michael

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  24. Wonderful painting on these Paul.
    Merry Christmas,
    Pat.

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  25. Hi!
    I just stumbled on your blog (almost exactly a year late it seems).
    I am a descendant of Simon (or one of his two brothers). I run a family history site called LostLangtons, with my father David. We have a very large page of Langton coats of arms including Simon and his brother Stephen, the Archbishop of Canterbrury. I agree that Simon was quite a character.
    Great work on those miniatures. I used to paint citadel miniatures when I was a kid about 15-20 years ago. I was pretty good, but haven't done model painting for a long time. I was thinking about doing something like this myself which is how I happened upon your blog. Where can I buy models like these?

    Thanks
    Joel

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    1. Hi Joel.
      Thanks for the compliment and it´s great to have a visit and comment from an ancestor of a historical character I have painted :-D The minis are from Valdemar (link to the Website on the right) and you can buy them from Fredericus -Rex (also on the right under Shops) They are 1772nd scale, so if you painted warhammer maybe 28mm stuff would be more your Thing? If so, then ask and I´ll give you a list of 28mm´s that would fit the period.

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    2. sorry, I wrote 1772nd scale..it should be 1/72nd
      Have you a link to your Website..the lost Langtons? Sounds interesting

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    3. Hi Paul,
      Well, it's nice that there are people out there who know about them, especially with the octocentenary of magna carta next year which wouldn't have happened without them.

      I tended to prefer the larger models that Games Workshop did, rather than the smaller rank and file - though I did paint loads of smaller ones too. I'm not sure on scale, but larger than GW's smaller units would probably be better - perhaps something closer to 40 or 50mm in size? But I'd like something well-sculpted and well-cast, so I'd be happy with smaller models if they were the best available.

      I'd also welcome some advice on paints and supplies. I'll need to re-stock and I suspect there may be cheaper places to buy than Games Workshop where I bought my paint and brushes as a kid.

      My website is www.lostlangtons.co.uk and the exhaustive shields article is: www.lostlangtons.co.uk/ExhaustiveShields.shtml

      Thanks
      Joel

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    4. Hi Joel.
      On a quick look about, 40-50mm doesn´t seem to have a lot of figures that would cover the range. IMHO, the Valdemar minis are the best going, especially as they cover the 11 -13th century pretty intensively, but not only that, the sculpting is among the best going, the human proportions are well copied.. I´ll give a bit of thought/Research and get back to you about paints etc...best by E-Mail through your Website. Nice site BTW..the collection of shield blazons/coats-of-arms is very impressive! You must have made Lots of Research!

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    5. Hi Paul,
      Yeah I followed a few of your links and found a couple of nice 54mm models by Pegaso and Latorre but there isn't much of a range. I am a bit worried about my ability to paint well at such a small scale as 1/72 though. Look forward to hearing from you through my email. Thanks, r.e. the site. It was a lot of work, much of it completed by my father.
      Once again, great work you've done on these figures.
      Thanks
      Joel

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