Wednesday, 13 January 2010

I'm not dead yet! (More Yorkists)

Well, it has been some months since last I posted here. This does not mean the project is dead though. Instead, I have been busy with a variety of real life things, as well as this project. In this time, we have received a whole host of flags from Freezywater Publications / Lance and Longbow Society (see the sidebar for links). They have very kindly supported us by resizing a number of their flagsheets to suit our needs. I have now added some of those flags to my units, while also making a few livery badge flags and company flags for my troops, to add variety. I have also used some flags provided by David Rayner, who specialises in researching heraldry, to enhance my troops. First up for display is a contingent painted for me by Steve Kelly of steve's blog.


Sir John Conyers on the left and Sir Reginald Grey of Wilton on the right (click the pictures for larger versions). I could find no mention of what badge Grey used, nor did his heraldic banner have anything suitable on it to use. I did find a reference to his family using a gray or badger as a crest, so I opted for that as a badge and made the livery badge flags with that image on it. John Conyers's livery badge flags were easier because I could find suitable references for them. The heraldic banners are from Freezywater as mentioned above.


Here we see levy troops commanded by Sir Edmund Grey of Ruthyn on the left and Sir John Astley on the right. The livery badge flags are from Freezywater and the company flags are my own creation.
Edward IV exhorts his cavalry to do their utmost before the battle. I am not happy with my attempt at a white rose on Edward's horse and may try to redo that later. For the time being I need to crack on with the remaining figures. This is one of the command stands for the game. I chose to depict Edward and his followers as mounted because one of the descriptions of the battle that I read described him giving a pre-battle speech to his cavalry. The standard is another Freezywater creation.
Edward IV's command at Towton all liveried and flagged up. This is one third of the Yorkist army.

4 comments:

  1. Wow!
    Superb!
    The battle in full array looks just fantastic.

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  2. Thank you. Imagine how much more fantastic it will look with the rest of the army present. I can't wait to see what we eventually put together.

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  3. That looks really impressive, Roll on 2011...

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  4. It all looks very impressive so far.

    nice to see the stuff i painted for you all based up with banners etc.

    The full battle really does look great, im looking forward to seing the whole army/armies....

    steve

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