TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 102)

Welcome to this weeks Miniatures & Musings!


This weeks miniature is one of the four which comprises the Footsore “Foot Knights with Two Handed Weapons No: 1” pack and he has been painted in the heraldic colours of “John de Berners”.  More on the project below.


Well It Made Me Laugh



The Knights On TIM’s Modelling Table

This week I spent some time reading and digesting the Wargames Illustrated article I made reference to in last weeks post.  Not surprisingly it turns out there are various rules which need to be applied where heraldry is concerned.  These rules are useful both in terms of making up your own scheme and deciphering real examples.  Now let me say at the outset I am no expert on this subject but I am aware that many of you perhaps are.  Apologies therefore if I am trying to teach anyone how to suck eggs and if I have any of this wrong then I am more than happy to be corrected.

The first rule I took note of was on colours.  It seems the colour palette is restricted to five main colours namely Blue, Red, Green, Purple and Black.  I assume there is scope within each colour to vary the shade but what is significant is you have to put a colour with Gold (can be yellow) or Silver (can be white).  Accordingly any of the five colours can be used alongside either Yellow or White but you cannot have Red and Green together or for that matter Yellow and White.  The good news here is that by good fortune the few knights I have done so far conform to this rule.  Is the rule flexible?  In truth I have no idea but I’m happy to stick with it.

It seems you can also add “Furs” to the design of a shield too and the first image below gives some examples along with the colours referred to earlier.

Tincture (heraldry) - Wikipedia

One of the next things I discovered was “Field Ordinaries”.  It would appear that shield designs generally use these layouts.  I have seen exceptions so I’m guessing the rule can be ignored to some extent, most likely determined by who you are (think King John and the three lions) but this is something for me to try to learn more about.  However, for my purposes Field Ordinaries coupled with colour choice will provide a huge number of heraldic options.

ORDINARIES | Coat of arms, History and heraldry, Heraldry design

In the unlikely event that I should ever run out of heraldic shield options given the possible combinations from the above “rules” I can always fall back on the “English System” below.  With medieval families being large in number then shield designs can be used again but with the modification of adding a symbol relevant to the first through to ninth son.  Although I was unaware of it at the time, the red line on the figure I painted above of John de Berners defines him as the “First Son”.

Image from http://www.americanheraldry.org/pages/uploads/Primer/5a.gif. |  Family crest symbols, Coat of arms meaning, Heraldry

All in all I have an almost limitless number of painting options.  I suspect further research may even throw up more but for now I have plenty to be getting on with.

For those of you who are into your Space Marines and the such like a thought struck me while I was writing this.  Heraldry has been around for a thousand years so what’s to say it wont be around for thousands more?  If you are stuck with ideas of symbols to use and how to define your hierarchy it occurs to me you could do worse that revert to some of the above.  In anticipation of abuse please be advised I am now ducking out of this one!

As a footnote please note the images used above were taken from Google and not from the magazine article as I am no expert on copyright law.


Lies, Lies and Statistics

I don’t tend to put much store by my blog statistics, mainly because mine aren’t that great!  I never created this blog with the aim of conquering the world and I continue to not be disappointed.  What has surprised me though, and periodically continues to do so, is just where my blog has been viewed.  As things currently stand it has now been accessed in 83 countries with Algeria, Ecuador, Brunei and Guatemala having been just recently added to the list.

Now I am very aware that some of these countries have only ever given me the one hit and I feel certain that hit was purely by accident (the inevitable search of a testosterone filled teenager googling “models”) but I do get a kick out of knowing a post of mine has popped up somewhere new in the world even if it did come as a disappoint to someone feeling horny.


Give Me Five

The end of the UK Lockdown continues to gather pace.  If things continue to go as well as they have then the country will return to near normal by the middle of June.  Inevitably there will be signs of the aftermath but we’re talking mask wearing rather than bombed buildings.  Despite the horrors the pandemic has brought to a great many, and still is to vast swathes of the world, there are somethings I will miss.  ln no particular order my five are:

  1. The Quiet roads
  2. The additional time spent modelling and painting
  3. The time at home with my kids due to work and school closures
  4. Re-connecting with people I haven’t spoken to in years
  5. Having all my football teams fixtures televised live


This week TIM has been listening to …

“Pinball Wizard” by The Who.  A classic track instantly recognisable from the intro by those of us of a certain age.


This week TIM has been watching …

“Mississippi Burning” staring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe.  A classic and very powerful film in which the performances of Hackman and Dafoe are simply outstanding.  A film I have watched many times and that never fails to be move me.  Based on a true story.

Mississippi Burning: Amazon.co.uk: DVD & Blu-ray


Remember …

Alcohol is never the answer but it is a good way of forgetting the question.



19 thoughts on “TIM’s Miniatures & Musings (No: 102)

  1. Nicely done mate, and nice to see the research paying off! It is a fascinating subject for sure, and that degree of accuracy is going to really add character to your army – I love the direction this is going!

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  2. I’m surprised the pub wasn’t on your list mate hehe. Mississippi Burning is a great movie and happens to be one of my mums favourite movies. Very confronting. You might want to proof read before publishing because you mentioned people seeing your “bog” hahaha. I do things like that all the time and I rarely proof read haha. The mini looks great mate. Love the shield design. I also like your article on colours and shield designs. I screen shot sections for when I get back to my medieval project. IF I ever get back to it.

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    1. What’s worrying mate is I do proof read but I am of an age where I still miss things! As for the pub, that’s been less of a problem because they have been doing take-aways. 😉 I’ll now go back and correct my post and then people will wonder what the hell you are going on about! 😂😂l

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  3. Another great looking knight TIM, and some great research too. As for Space Marines using heraldry, they already do, GW has taken from it and put it into their codexes for many years now. For example the yellow rim for second son, is used as the second company in a chapter and so on.
    As for what I shall miss about the Lockdown is most of the people being on their blogs a lot of the time, and the great conversations and laughs everyone shared

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    1. Thanks Dave. Interesting what you say about Space Marines. Maybe one day I’ll do some “futuristic” knights! Great point too about the blog, completely overlooked that one. It’s noticeable how my traffic has gone down now but then again that may have more to do with content!

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  4. Great looking Knight, mate – and I do enjoy reading your musings. I’ve got a great book on Healdry that I would easily recommend if you ever happen to see it,
    (I think it’s OOP right now) but it’s something I find quite interesting – it’s something that’s still all around us in so many ways – on flags, football kits, logos.
    …and of course, Space Marines!

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  5. The main thing is that the stuff you painted already fits the heraldry rule that you want to follow. Nothing worse than having to repaint stuff you already thought was done. I found the musing on heraldry interesting and I think you picked a good era to deal with all of that because it is so flexible and you have many options. In some historical settings, uniforms and/or heraldry can be more like a shackle that inhibits creativity or that’s my feeling anyway!

    Good to hear that regular life is returning across the pond. We seem to be making some progress in the US now which is very welcome.

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  6. lovely figure and some interesting heraldry information there too, I’ve never looked into that, so interesting to see how the various shield designs etc work.

    As someone at work said the other day, “It’ll be nice to get back to normal, and go out again” Why does everyone want to go outside, we’ve spent years making inside nicer for people!

    Cheers Roger,

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  7. Love the knight mate, always think green and yellow go together so well! I like the bit about hit to the blog , I was wondering why I was getting theses from so many different places,thanks for explaining it!!I might have to change the blog name my youngest gave me when I first started out!!!

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  8. No mate! decided to stick with it!because when you type in model man pat it comes up with all the handsome male models and i feel that I do fit in with them!!! HAHAHA

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  9. Nice, I like that green/yellow. I’ll have to bookmark this post for those heraldry symbols as well. There are always shields to paint and I usually have no clue what to put on them. Big thanks on that front!

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