Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sir James Audley, KG

Here's the first of the BTD foot knights - painted up as Sir James Audley. He fought at Sluys, Crecy, and most famously at Poitiers. According to Froissart's narrative of the Battle of Poitiers, Sir James was granted permission to fight in the forefront of the battle line. There he was gravely wounded and saved by his loyal squires. After the battle, the Black Prince called Sir James the bravest knight that day and awarded him a pension. As the story goes, Sir James bequethed the Prince's gift to his squires. Upon hearing of this and verifying it with Sir James, the Black Prince rewarded him even more.
Sir James went on to become Governor of Aquitaine and Seneschal of Poitou. He died in France in 1369 and was buried at Poitiers.
The BTD foot knights were picked up when they discounted at 50%. I'm glad I got them as they are very nicely detailed and sculpted. I ordered a mixture of their Early and Late-HYW figures. They come in 4 figure packs with individual poses and variations in armor.
This is one from the Late-HYW set of two-handed weapons. The thigh defenses are actually sculpted as plate, but I painted them up as studded cuisses which were common during the Crecy and Poitiers period.



31 comments:

  1. Excellent as ever. Your heraldry skill is top notch.

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  2. Very nice work. The heraldry ist definitely absolutely awesome.

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  3. Your knights are stunning Dean!

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  4. I learn more about the Hundred Years War from your blog than I ever did from any book. Thanks, Dean, for the info and for the superb eye candy!

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  5. Great history and great painting too!

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  6. Great taste of history on Audley and nifty brushwork on the heraldry. Like Evan above, I get a HYW history lesson from you.

    As for the BTD figures, they are nice and at a 50% well worth the sometimes long wait for them to arrive.

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  7. Thank you all so much for your all too kind comments. The HYW is great for it's heroes/anti-heroes, as well as the unique armor styles and heraldry. Warmest Regards, Dean

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  8. That blue, red and yellow is a lovely palette. Your freehand skills are outstanding. Gorgeous piece of work Dean!

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    1. Thank you kindly, Anne! Appreciate the visit and nice words. Best, Dean

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  9. Excellent! His heraldry on the tunic looks great.

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  10. Absolutely superb work Dean! Great work on his heraldry!

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    1. Appreciate the visit and kind comments, Jason. Regards, Dean

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  11. Top brush work Dean and great information on the character.
    Dan

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  12. Cracking work Dean! Beautiful freehand there, my man!

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  13. Superb painting on this Dean and the little touch with the history rounds it off nicely.

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    1. Thanks, Pat! I like adding a little a historical snippet - who knows - it may even spark an interest into delving into the period :)! Best, Dean

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  14. Great work Dean, love the little bit of history too!!!

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    1. Thanks, Mike. Appreciate that. Dean

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  16. Dean, he is just lovely! The colours are so extremely vibrant!

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    1. Thanks, Burkhard! Warm regards, Dean

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  17. Lovely wee knights. What an interesting collection Dean

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