Thursday, 20 November 2008
The Norman Conquest 1066
In deference to Roy and the price I have just paid on e-bay for thse figures, I have amended slightly some text on the home page of this site.
These are very rare figures and I was prompted to pay a collectors' price for them so I could make pictures avaialble on the blog. Most lances have been removed at some point from the mounted figures, presumably with the intention of replacing them with more robust wire ones, and the mounted standard bearer unfortunately seems to have lost the Pope's Sacred Banner - not a good move, you would think. The English standard bearer is a fine figure, as is Duke William. I regret no King Harold was included, and also particularly would have liked to see the Fyrdman described as being in flowing cloak and armour with sword - sounds inspiring.
The excerpt from the Bayeux Tapestry above shows the point when William, having been thrown from his horse, raises his helmet so his men can see he is still alive. Next to him is Count Eustace, carrying what is thought to be the Pope's Sacred Banner - probably Marcus Hinton's inspiration for these two figures.