Thursday 31 May 2018

Ralph de Grendon and friends

4 kniggits who took part in the Battle of Falkirk 
Coats-of-arms taken from the Falkirk Roll 

I´ll be making up a few more for the "Bannockburn Project". 
The idea behind the "Bannockburn Project" was to use solely Strelets bods. I achieved that Goal but as with most of my Projects, it has been added to. I´ve only got a handfull of Strelets nags and kniggits left, particually nags with caparisons,  apart from the  Medieval Britian set.
As it´s still complete and on the sprue, which, if anyone knows, is going for a small fortune at the Moment, I´m keeping as it is. day Strelets will see the financial Advantage of reproducing the set but until that day, the bods stay attached to thier sprues and bods from other makes will be utilised to add the necessary kniggits.

Seeing as they aren´t Strelets Bods they will be based individually so they fit in with the rest of the Collection and can be used elsewhere.
Ralph de Grendon. Lord of Grendon. Argent two chevronels gules
(Fourth Battalion)
William le Vavasour.1st Baron Vavasour. Or a fess dancetty sable
John de Clavering. 3rd Baron of Warkworth and Clavering. Quarterly or and gules overall a bend sable overall a label of three points azure
There is an alternative where the Label is green me it looks odd. 
Seeing as his Coat-of-Arms is so colourfull,  he´s had a Standard bearer added.
William FitzWilliam Or a fess gules
(Kings Battalion)
Of Course, they will be added to the "Medieval Lords and ladies" list bringing it up to 99. 

I´ve been a bit lazy in my welcome to the Blog comments lately so....
Not only welcome to a new blog Follower but a new member of the Blogging world, Ian,  who runs a new 1/72nd blog called Denyer´s Bits and Bods which, IMHO, is really great. 

Friday 25 May 2018

Medieval "On the March" 1

From Valdemar. "VA188 ON the March "
It says on the link, " 11 marching kniggits".  On the pics of the set there´s ten. I got these ten plus another who isn´t pictured on the Fredericus-rex site and his pose doesn´t actually fit into a set of marching bods, more a fighting pose than marching,  so I´ve left him out.
Mostly, the poses are slightly altered poses from other Valdemar sets, bits of personal baggage added, arms repositioned etc.
Anyway, they aren´t yet  based as a Group as I´m planning on adding another couple of sets.
The Blue/White Coat-of-Arms ? This combination, White on the right, blue on the left turned up on a painting among the federation of Swiss Kantons  at the battle of Marignano but is an unknown flag. A mirror Image of the flag for the Kanton of Lucern?
Also, I´m thinking of adding a red band to the design so if they were based it would be near impossible to do so.
Left Hand top quarter..White /blue shield shaped pattern on a White flag. 

Friday 18 May 2018

Andrew Moray and William Wallace

Two more for the Bannockburn Project, and two more for the Medieval Lords and Ladies list.
Andrew Moray
The real powerhouse behind the Rebellion? Well, considering Wallace´s downturn in Fortunes with the death of Moray after the Battle of Falkirk and a lot of Blind Harry´s Story about him being considered historically incorrect, ie; some of Moray´s achievements being given as those of Wallace, it Looks more like Moray was the man at the time.
Seeing as he´s not even mentioned in the Historically accurate docu film,  Braveheart, I´ve given him first billing here. 
Sir William le Waleys.
Commonly, his Coat-of-Arms is shown with a bordure counter-compony but the  Gules a lion rampant argent and a bordure compony of the last and azure was probably more likely, the bordure counter-compony being added because of it´s associations with illegitimacy.
I haven´t seen any versions with the bordure compony on the nags caparison but all red it looked a bit boring so I´ve added it. 
His Standard bearer..Jack Short?
Both joined with the entire army.
158 infantry
20 mounted

The Cavalry 
Someone showing thier respects to the english army

Thursday 10 May 2018

John Stewart of Bonkyl

Back to medievals with another stand of archers for Bannockburn..or should it now , seeing  I´m adding named Bods from other battles of the period, be re-labelled,  the Wars of Scottish Independance ?
The Archer bods used come from;
Vikings against Franks
Army of Henry V
Scottish army of Wallace
The named bod from another battle? John Stewart of Bonkyl. He commanded the Scottish Archers at the Battle of Falkirk where he met his end.
He´s been added to the list of Medieval Lords and Ladies, bringing the total of personalities I´ve represented in 1/72nd up to 93.
Bods and nags from;
Scottish army of Wallace (John Stewart)
Army of Henry V   (John´s Nag)
Scottish army of Robert Bruce (Standardbearer)
Mounted Crusaders in Oriental Dress (Standardbearer´s Nag)
In Charge of his archers