Thursday, November 6, 2014

Oliver Ingham - Seneschal of Gascony

Here is another Black Tree Designs figure from their Early-HYW mounted command pack. He's painted up as Oliver Ingham, a prominent military commander who served in Scotland during the reign of Edward II. He remained loyal to Edward II during that regent's civil wars. Imprisoned for his loyalty, he was later released and served under Edmund of Woodstock and later Edward III. He participated in the brief and disastrous (for the English) War of Saint-Sardos in 1324. Appointed Seneschal of Gascony twice, he still held that office when the Hundred Years War began in 1337. He died in 1344 in Norfolk, England.
The Ingham family name has its roots in ancient Anglo-Saxon culture, and associated with Norfolk well before the Norman Conquest. Indeed, Sir Oliver's arms are based upon those of Roger Bigod who also hailed from Norfolk.
The helmet is an early form of a visored bascinet. The axehead is an Old Glory spare part - brass rod is used for the shaft. Didn't want to use a lance as he'll be used Lion Rampant skirmishes.
Most of the illustrations of Sir Oliver show his limb armor as black. I'm still not convinced as to this and ended up painting it as a dark metal.
Although he died before Crecy and the other famous actions during the Hundred Years War, he'll be part of a Lion Rampant retinue with other English notables from that war.

30 comments:

  1. Very good job on the BTD knight! The BTD mounted knights are big and bad, for sure. Enjoyed the history lesson too.

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    1. Thanks, Jonathan. They are on the large side of 28mm, but the horses are what really makes them look larger than other makes. Best, Dean

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  2. Very nice colours! I really like the helmet.

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

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  3. Oh I wish I was still living in Steilacoom stationed at Fort Monroe! As always your work is fun to watch and an inspiration!

    Neil

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  4. Looks very nice. Great colour scheme.
    cheers

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  5. Lovely brush work and well done on the axe conversion!

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    1. Thanks, Anne! Appreciate your visit and nice words. As he'll be used for Lion Rampant, didn't want him to have a weapon like a lance that would get in the way of skirmishing. Best, Dean

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  6. Great looking figure, striking colour scheme and an excellent modification.

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    1. Thank you, Matt - appreciate that! Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks as always, Michael! Best, Dean

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    1. Thank you, Simon. Appreciate the visit and nice comment. Best, Dean

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

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  10. Great painting as always by you Dean, thumbs up......Phew manage to get here, :o)) before I forget every time I visit your blog to view your posts my PC crashes or takes forever to load your blog pages...hence my late visits to post a comment. You must be using some sort Military Security software installed in PC? the funny thing is I live across the Puget sound from you and my internet signals travel via pacific to Asia to middle east to Spain across the Atlantic to Twin Cities MN to say g'day to Monty :o) then to you and then I crash! :o))

    cheers,

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    1. Wow - didn't know that about your visits here. Hmm, wonder why that is. Wonder if others have the same problem. Thanks for the visit, in spite of your difficulties! Best, Dean

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  11. Waouh! Stunning, really stunning paint job Dean, I love the colors and the work on the clothes, especially for the horse, and nice historic background too...

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    1. Thank you, Phil. Appreciate the kind words and visit! Best, Dean

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  12. Great work, lovely to see someone doing the much put upon Seneschal of Gascony. He had a nightmare during the opening phases of the Hundred Years War! I am toying with the idea of doing an early Hundred Years War force for Gascony myself so will be watching this blog closely!

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  13. Gorgeous brushwork, Dean, and timely too. I just started Tuchmans "A Distant Mirror."

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  14. Very nice. Lion Rampant has taken off here too, although Iam avoiding it. So many other figures to paint....

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  15. Great job, Dean! I'm really enjoying watching this latest project; the figures and the accompanying text are excellent. And I'm actually learning lots about the Hundred Years' War and its personalities - thanks for that!

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  16. That's a lovely collection of HYW Dean, great to have a skirmish game with actual named combatants!

    Missed these chaps first time road as my computer died. Lovely painting!

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