Tuesday 31 January 2012

Medieval Bombard "Harlequin"

The titel is the English for this guns name. It´s original  name in French  is "Hellequin" (Arlequin), a black-faced emissary of the devil, who chases the souls of the dammned to hell.
The fact that the gun sends it´s enemies to thier doom and it´s muzzle is black is the reason for the French gunners  painting the carriage as it is and it´s "petname" name "Arlequin". The whole of the IVth cent French ordnance was nicknamed the Mesnée d'Hellequin, the household of hellequin, whose traditional colours are black and red, but the yellow and red colour scheme looked better.

I know the Flag is a (speculative) company flag of the French Ordnance but it looked a lot more colourfull than the individual unit flags.
Phew!!!! I almost believed my made up  historical background bumpf myself ! :-D
Real fact of the matter is..I saw this one...I liked the colour scheme so much..I had to have one ;-D

Hello to Broke n English...Your google friends link isn´t set up.
Hello to Jose  from Muñequitos de goma blog . An amazing collection of largescale "toy soldiers"