The Battle of Verneuil 17 August 1424

The Battle of Verneuil 17th August


Thursday, 25 October 2012

Agincourt Anniversary Day

Here's a few pics of some brushwork I did on an English Army that was based on Henry V's army that fatefull day:

More of the army in it's infancy:

Although La Journee is dedicated to Verneuil and the battles of the 1420's during the HYW it would seem trite not to give a mention to the fact that it is now 597 year ago that a ragged band of Englishmen stood facing the combined might of France seemingly with little hope of surviving the day.

I think back to those few hours where England defeated the might of the French army with somber thought to all that died in those couple of hours. It reminds me that we are effectively still at war and brings me around to thinking of the brave souls (often in their very early manhood) we have to fight yet again in foreign lands. Whether you agree with the war in Afghanistan or not, they are still young men that we send there to fight and sometimes die!

Below you can see a couple of diagrams of the initial positions of the contending kingdoms. One a superimposed image of the probable initial positions and another showing how the French were probably offset and would have arrived in a somewhat piecemeal manner at the English lines.

It's probably worth mentioning that soon I will be starting work on a 28mm demo game of the Battle of Agincourt that will be shown at Salute on the 600th anniversary with a friend. It should be a real treat for anyone interested and I'll be keeping you all up to date on this blog so there's something to look forward to.

The rest, as they say, is history and I'm sure that if you are reading this blog because you have an interest in Medieval warfare you will not need me to describe in any detail what happened that rainy day on October 25th, St Cripsin Cripsianos Day.....

I suppose that we have to leave the final words to Mr Shakespeare (whome ever he was!).....

My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin:
If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires:
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England:
God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more, methinks, would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made
And crowns for convoy put into his purse:
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
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.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

More Claymore Castings Fabiness

I've nothing 'in colour' this time but some great news none the less. I've just been sent the latest Claymore Castings Newsletter and in it we have the latest archers, which will do for both the Scots at Otturburn and the English too. I'll be using quite a few of them with my HYW English anyway as well as the Scots at Verneuil who had a large contingent of Archers in amongst their soldiers.

Also, making an appearence on David's Saxon Dog Blog are more dismounted men-at-arms. Though they are titled as English they would do for any nation in North West Europe in the late 14thC onwards. Feast you eyes below:

And finally something one could bash the bishop with ;O)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

English Battle Base 3

It's been a good while since I last posted anything of any real substance here on La Journee so it is with great pleasure that I can now post the third English Battle base!

To be honest all the hard work had been done, the miniatures painted and based, all there was to do was to add an the Flag of St. George and that was it. The figures had been sitting around for an age but I still just couldn't find the time to paint the banner. Funny really when you think of all the miniatures I have painted of late, though granted, mostly for other people. Anyway, the problem was eventually solved when David Imrie of Saxon Dog fame sent me a few banners with some of the beautifull Claymore Castings miniatures. Thanks David! The banner was made by Flags of War and they will be doing a full range of banners and standards for the Scots and the English for the Battle of Otterburn. 

So, without further ado.....

More to come soon..... can't have too many archers now can we?

Friday, 31 August 2012

A Big Thumbs Up.......

...... to all the staff in the Plastic Department of North Durham University Hospital for saving my thumb and thus allowing me to enjoy my hobby again and thus continue with my dream job!

My thumb has healed extremely well, the stitches melted away without any problem, the incision is very clean and all I have to worry about now is to remember to apply some moisturiser every now and again to stop the dry skin around the wound from flaking and getting very itchy!!

A job well done IMHO.

Sorry for the crap quality of the pic, it was taken at 5:30 this morning and I was a bit groggy and half asleep.


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

A Stich in Time Saves?

Well eight actually!

Just a quick update on my thumb!

Had it re-dressed yesterday and the nurse says it's healing very nicely and I no longer have to hold my hand upright all the time- a great relief. Bad news is that I still can't use the thumb until the surgeon has removed the dressing and checked things over.... could be worse though not being able to do any work is driving me up the wall.

Next post should see me back in action!!

Saturday, 18 August 2012

A Slice of Luck!

OK. Been for a cracking surprise holiday thanks to my other half Sabrina. The sojourn was in celebration of the fact that I've 'survived'  two consecutive cancer scares! Well done, time to crack on some might say?


We all know the rule about always drawing a knife away from your body, yeah? How many times have you forgotten this and pulled the blade towards your body? In my case I very rarely do this, except on Wednesday at 6pm when cleaning up some miniatures I broke the golden rule and payed the price big time, slicing deeply into my left thumb down to the bone. Ouch indeed! So, I cupped my hands quickly moved like lightening to the bathroom to avoid staining the carpets (I know!) whilst shouting for Saby to bring a bandage upstairs so I could stop the bleeding that rapidly filled my hands and overflowed into the basin! This she did with a tea towel! With the potential risk infection from the tea towel I, having realised that I had happily missed the vein and although the cut was very deep, it wasn't going to make me pass out like a big girls blouse!

A&E then. I was very surprised to hear the practise nurse tell me that she had made an appointment for me at the Durham Plastics Department at the University Hospital as she was worried that I may have cut into the nerve and also the tendons! It quickly dawned on me that in my line of work this could spell doom as I could lose the dexterity of my left hand! A sort of panic set in......

Pic of the original dressing and one worried looking self.

Next day started early with what I assumed would be a long day. It was........ I got to the hospital at 8am and was still there waiting for surgery at 5:30pm. Luckily the excellent staff in the Short Stay Surgical Department had opened up another theatre as my wound was considered to still be an 'open wound' and the possibility of infection of the tendons was high. Now, bearing in mind that I've had two major cancer scares I'm not a fan of hospitals at all and as the day went on my anxiety grew, especially when they finally called my name out! To be fair the surgeons were great, after a local anaesthetic, they checked for nerve damage; none was there though I did miss the anterior interosseous branch of the median nerve by 1mm!!!!! If the cut had been 1mm in one direction I would have lost any meaningful dexterity in my left hand and possibly the use of my thumb! One very lucky lad really. It was then a general cleaning of the wound to make sure that the tendons were sterile etc and they bandaged me up and popped me into recovery!

Oldish nurse excellent 'moring' dressing.


Post op dressing

An interesting couple of days if you're into thumbs(?) but perhaps more importantly (and upsetting) I have been ordered not to use my left hand for eleven days and that it why you will find this article has been cut and pasted on all my blogs :O)


Thursday, 5 April 2012

Lord Camoys and Sir Thomas Erpingham

Here's the third (and final for now at least) vignette from the 'rescued' Agincourt English army prior to the army transmuting into Bedfords army at Verneuil.

This time the miniatures didn't really lend themselves to the gung-ho type of scene conveyed in the other two vignettes, yet I do feel that this one is perhaps the most successful out of the three. In the foreground Lord Camoys pulls rank on Sir Thomas Erpingham as the army sets up for it's fatefull encounter with the French. In the background Lord Camoys banner bearer discusses their chances against such a large French army set against them. You can possibly imagine the conversation; "it's alright for those posh buggers, they will be ransomed, whilst we shall have our throats cut!" or something along those lines.

Unlike the other vignettes in this mini series the heraldry was easy to paint up as the Perry's had sculpted it onto the models which was very kind of them IMHO. Though, it has to be said, it would also be nice if there was no sculpted heraldic devices on the models which would give them much more leeway. Still, you can't have it both ways and the models really are beautiful.

A bit of background to the characters.....

The Camoys family was enobled in 1313 when Ralph de Camoys (d.1336) was summoned to Parliament and made Lord Camoys. Thomas de Camoys, his ancestor was the man commanding the left battle at Agincourt.

Sir Thomas Erpingham fought in Spain under John of Gaunt, Henry V's grandfather in Spain where he earned his martial reputation. He was given command of the archers at Agincourt where he famously threw his baton in the air to instigate the arrow storm.

Next time I should have a few Scottish models painted up from Claymore Castings fantastic range of  Scottish Wars of Independence miniatures and perhaps more pics of the archer bases are to come too.