Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Other Hugh Despenser

I can't take credit for the post title, but it is appropriate for the last mounted MAA for a Lion Rampant HYW English retinue. The source for the title is a lovely article on the subject by Susan Higgenbotham. The figure is another Front Rank model whose right arm originally held a couched lance. I cut away the lance and replaced it with the hand and sword from a plastic GW Empire swordsman.
The linked article above by Miss Higgenbotham details Sir Hugh's short, but eventful life. Suffice to say he served with honor and distinction, unlike his forebears.
Here are the three Front Rank figures. L-R below: Duke of Lancaster, Sir Hugh and the Captal de Buch.
They are a good match in both sculpting style and size with the BTD figures earlier painted.
The Litko horde tray originally held 10 models, but I used a saw to cut it down for the 6 used in Lion Rampant. As the tray was a discount item, and I didn't plan on using it for 10 models, it worked out nicely.
 Two units of 6 foot MAA each are next.

28 comments:

  1. :o) phew..manage to get here without a glitch to post a message :o)

    All of your figures here Dean, look fantastic! The Other Hugh Despenser (front rank model) looks great, most of all the skin color/tone of the horse is spot on! awesome painting on great figures!

    cheers,

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    1. Thanks, Phil! Glad to hear your visit was trouble free this time. Regards, Dean

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    2. just finish reading the Hugh article by Susan Higgenbotham, what a remarkable life Hugh had, really sad to read that he died so young and missed out to enjoy his massive land ownership and wealth...amazing story

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  2. They all look fantastic Dean! Great work!

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  3. These are really good mate. I really dig the shieldwork you've done. Its fantastic to see some hand painted shields, you should be proud of the effort! Interesting article about Hugh, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Nate. I really enjoyed painted the heraldry. Not as precise as transfers would be, but still satisfying. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks a lot, Ray. Appreciate the visit and kind comments. Best, Dean

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  5. Nice work Dean, splendid work on the horse and heraldry!

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    1. Thank you for checking out the blog and posting the nice comments! Regards, Dean

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    1. Thanks, Steve! Appreciate the visit and king words. Best, Dean

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  7. Wonderful work Dean and great to see them altogether at end - wow!

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    1. Thank you, Michael. I'm pleased that they're done. Been itching to get started on the foot knights. Best, Dean

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  8. Lovely work. They're an amazing bunch.

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    1. Thanks, Nick - appreciate your visit and kind words. Best, Dean

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  9. An amazing drop of Knights! You've got something really special here, Dean.

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    1. Appreciate that, Monty. I really enjoyed painting these guys up - not the least reason being their historical significance (to me anyway ;) ). Regards, Dean

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  10. Fantastic work this is shaping up to be an absolutely outstanding army

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  11. Excellent as ever Dean! Love the different tones on the horses, they really have a lot of depth to them.

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  12. Beautiful Figures looking forward to seeing more (love the research too!)

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  13. Thank you very kindly, Gentlemen! I am happy the first unit of this new retinue is completed. The foot knights (MAA) are next. Warm regards, Dean

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  14. Lovely work Dean and a fine finish to your mounted LR elements!

    Christopher

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  15. Most impressive indeed, the free hand heraldry is excellent.

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