Saturday, September 12, 2015

Owain Glyndwr - The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Finally painted one of the Black Tree Design HYW foot knights picked up from a sale a long while back. He's wearing late 14th/early 15th C. style armor. Mostly plate with only vestiges of mail remaining. His arms are those of the last Welsh Prince of Wales - Owain Glyndwr.
He's a bit of a mythical character who appeared on the scene as quite an important figure during the reign of Richard II of England. He served in Richard's army in Scotland, but later led a rebellion against Richard's successor, Henry IV. Henry Hotspur joined him at the ill-fated Battle of Shrewsbury.
Soon after this, Glyndwr's popularity waned and he seems to have disappeared from history, and is believed to have died around 1416.
In Henry IV, Shakespeare says of him being "not in the roll of common men and a worthy gentleman, exceedingly well read, and profited in strange concealments; valiant as a lion, and wondrous affable; and as bountiful as mines of India."

26 comments:

  1. Very nice bit of free hand heraldry.

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    1. Thanks, Scott. I am pleased to have finally painted something after so long. Warm regards, Dean

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  2. Another awesome job on heraldy...excellent once again Dean, and very nice write up as well...

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

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  3. Nice work Dean. The site of Owain's old feasting hall isn't far from us, I'll get some pictures next time I go past for work.
    Regards
    HGA.

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    1. Wow, very cool, HGA! Must be great to have all the history right around you all the time. Regards, Dean

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  4. Stunning paint job and i love the shield!

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    1. Thank you kindly, my friend. Warm regards, Dean

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  5. Fabulously done Dean, my parents live in the town where Owain Glyndwr is said to have held his parliament. There was talk of making a claim to be the capital of Wales, but not unsurprisingly dismissed, much to the relief of the sleepy little town!

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    1. Thank you very much, Michael. Very pragmatic townsfolk there :) Best, Dean

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    1. Appreciate the visit and nice comment, Mike! Best, Dean

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  7. Top 1 painting work Dean! I love haraldy!

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  8. Really nice example of free hand work Dean!

    Christopher

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    1. Appreciate the compliment, Christopher. Warm regards, Dean

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  9. Wow! That is spectacular heraldry work there, my friend!

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  10. His coat and shield are terrific.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by and your kind words, James. Best, Dean

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  11. Great work on those small details. I gave up on doing stuff like that over a year ago. More often than not I'd just mess it up.

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    1. Don't sell yourself short, Gabe. You are a talented, and the painting heraldry is more for effect than accuracy. Best, Dean

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  12. Lovely work on the free hands! Simply stunning.

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    1. Thanks so much - another figure I've longed paint up - finally got the technique to have attempted it. Warm regards, Dean

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