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.
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.
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”.
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:
- The Quiet roads
- The additional time spent modelling and painting
- The time at home with my kids due to work and school closures
- Re-connecting with people I haven’t spoken to in years
- 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.
Alcohol is never the answer but it is a good way of forgetting the question.