By smacdowall, Jul 23 2020 04:29PM
Enough of archers and men on foot. It is time to deploy the flower of European chivalry — proud French knights well harnessed and properly mounted!
Nothing beats the colour of early Hundred Years War knights with shields and surcoats, and some mounted on caparisoned horses. The problem is that all the intricate heraldic designs need to be painted and they can be a bit intimidating.
I have now completed the contingents of Jean, Comte d’Hainault and Louis de Nevers, Comte de Flandres. In front are Hainault’s men. Those identifiable by their heraldic devices are, from right to left (their perspective): Robert II d’Harcourt, the Comte d’Hainault, Thierry II de Senzielles (carrying the count’s banner), Jean V Comte d’Harcourt. Godfrey de Harcourt, brother to Robert and Jean, fought on the English side with the Black Prince. See Ready to take on the French.
I rather dreaded painting d’Hainault’s coat of arms with its four lions. I can manage a lion pretty well but repeating the same image many times over on the shield, banner and horse caparison was a bit daunting. I took my time, not attempting to do them all at once. As you can see in the close-up the lions are not absolutely perfect but I learned a long time ago that the eye corrects mistakes and they look just fine when viewed at the distance you would normally see them on the wargames table.
This is the contingent of Louis de Nevers, Comte de Flandres. Again more lions but not quite as many! From right to left we have Robert le Moreau, Seigneur de Fiennes, a squire with the cross of St Denis on his shield, Jean IV Seigneur de Ghistelles with the banner, the Comte de Flandres, his son Louis II de Male, and Anseau de Joinville , Comte de Vaudémont.
The miniatures are from a mix of 28mm manufacturers. The Comte de Vaudémont in the foreground is from Crusader Miniatures. The squire behind him is Front Rank. Louis le Male to his right is from Perry Miniatures.