Saturday, November 15, 2014

Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster

This is a Front Rank figure painted up as the Duke of Lancaster. He was a descendant of the famous Edmund Crouchback, whose arms the Duke inherited. Henry was a loyal commander of Edward III and was the victor at the Battle of Auberoche in 1345. Earlier in his martial career he had campaigned in Scotland and also took part in the Battle of Sluys. He was also a founding member of the Order of the Garter. He died in 1360, possibly a victim of the plague.
A spare Mirliton helm is used for the groundwork - as I placed the horse a bit further back on the base than I thought.
The horse itself sits atop a thin piece of plasticard as the Front Rank horses are a tad shorter than the BTD ones which will be in the same mounted MAA unit.
I always wanted to paint up the Duke after seeing the Verlinden 120mm model of him. The sculptor has done a great job in recreating the studded thigh armor - common during the period.
The Duke had two daughters - one married the Duke of Bavaria and the other John of Gaunt.

33 comments:

  1. Henry is no gaming model but a work of art!

    Outstanding!

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  2. Great work Dean. Your details really make this stand out.

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  3. Wow, outstanding work getting all that detail onto the bardings and shield. Impressive highlighting too! The Verlinden stuff is classic, have a few of their HYW models lying around, and they actually deserve some attention if only I find the time on the overbooked project list :0)

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  4. Remarkable work on a barding and shield. Bravo! 8)

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  5. Stunning paint job on Henry of Grosmont, outstanding details Dean!

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  6. The Duke is looking rather wonderful Dean! Great work!

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  7. Brilliant I think he has to be my favourite so far. Such a vibrant colour scheme he will scare the enemy out of there greaves!

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  8. Superb looking figure. Great work Dean.

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  9. Thank you all very much for the great comments! Much appreciated and motivates me to finish the rest of the retinue. Warmest Regards, Dean

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  10. Super work
    Many, very detailed painting.
    In hand warhammer whom often not see
    works well with armor

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    1. Thanks, Christopher! Appreciate the visit and nice words. Best, Dean

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  12. Lion Rampant really encourages the use of great looking miniatures. Do you think the small(er) size of armies is one of the key reasons that you are jumping in and painting up some models? I know for myself it seems like a much less daunting task to paint 50 models- vs. the 200 I use to paint for WAB.

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  13. Henry is stunning. You've topped the last three with this one for sure.

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    1. Thanks, James. I do like he's colors too. Best, Dean

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  14. What a stunning piece of art !
    Absolutely top-notch work.

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    1. Thank you kindly, Stefan! Regards, Dean

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  15. Great paint on details Dean . Compliments .

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    1. Appreciate that a lot, Vincent. Regards, Dean

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    1. Thanks, Steve! Appreciate the kind comments. Dean

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  17. You're on fire, Dean! Your heraldry is superb and the colors too. I think I just heard about this fellow in "A Distant Mirror."

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    1. Thank you so much, Monty. I'm impressed with your voracious reading - matched by your equally impressive brushwork. Warm regards, Dean

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    2. :-)

      You are too kind! I have an account at Audible. It's pricey but the only books I read, er, hear, are those played while I'm painting.

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    3. LOL! Still your pursuit for knowledge is commendable. I'm a cheapskate and listen to free stuff on the internet :)!

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  18. A piece of art indeed! Lovely bright colours and the heraldy is just awesome!

    Greetings
    Peter

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