Sunday, March 3, 2019

'Fellowship' from PaulSS: Richard de Vere the 11th Earl of Oxford

I don't think that the theme of fellowship is better summed up in literature than by William Shakespeare in Henry V:

This day is called the feast of Crispian: 
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home, 
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named, 
And rouse him at the name of Crispian. 
He that shall live this day, and see old age, 
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours, 
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:' 
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars. 
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day.' 
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot, 
But he'll remember with advantages 
What feats he did that day: then shall our names. 
Familiar in his mouth as household words 
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter, 
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester, 
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd. 
This story shall the good man teach his son; 
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, 
From this day to the ending of the world, 
But we in it shall be remember'd; 
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; 
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me 
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile, 
This day shall gentle his condition: 
And gentlemen in England now a-bed 
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here, 
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks 
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

Richard de Vere the 11th Earl of Oxford was commander of the English rear-guard at Agincourt and one of those 'happy few'.

The figures are all from the Perry plastics range, mainly the 'English Army' set, but Oxfords sword arm is from the 'Agincourt Knights' set.

I made a simple sabot command stand as a test piece, 50mm MDF circle made up with DAS clay to 'socket' the bases. Not that happy with the result but it shall suffice, maybe another custom order to Warbases is needed.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Rob, and thanks also for all the kind comments as my assigned minion ;)

  2. What a great choice of subject and beautifully realised.

  3. Nice choice, lovely figures and great finish!
    Best Iain

  4. Wonderful work Paul and nice pick!


  5. Great story with great figures.

  6. Superb work Paul and a great interpretation of the theme. I must get your blackened armour recipe - it looks terrific.

    1. Thank Curt. base-coat VMC Gunmetal Grey with a touch of black.
      Wash with strong tone. Highlight thinned Gunmetal Grey, highlight again thinned Gunmetal Grey + dab of Silver. Final highlight with a thinned glaze of Silver

  7. Excellent painting, loving the blackened armour.

  8. Apologies for the delays replying, I've been on my jollies this past week. Back to the frozen north now though.

  9. Great looking command stand Paul. I've taken note on the blackened armour recipe too, yours comes out very nicely.