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.


Saturday, 25 August 2012

Early Byzantine/Late Roman Army for Sale/ or A Blast from the Past!

This army has been SOLD

Buyer pays postage and I insist that if it is bought within the UK or the EU then it must be insured ie Special Delivery, Internationally Signed For.

Here are the datails:

This army has won "Best Painted Army" at a couple of events. All the miniatures are very well painted and are of a high standard. The army was all painted within three weeks before one of the WAB events (Beyond the Golden Gate organised by the guys at Gripping Beast and hosted at GWHQ if anyone's interested?). As such, the army is not in my usual painting style but that's not to say that a great deal of man hours have not been spent painting the army- rather, I just dropped everything and spent three weeks painting it up.
I'm looking for £800 for the whole army as one job lot.

I can deliver the army to Cold Steel at Gripping Beast HQ or arrangements can be made to post the army- which will of course be very well 'wrapped up' and I can get a quote on the postage as soon as I have a prospective buyer. 

As well as posting to the UK I'm happy to send the army overseas (Japan, USA, Europe etc) but as it's such a large consignement I would insist on the army being insured which the buyer would responsible to pay.

Cavalry mini's work out at £15 per figure 
Infantry at £4. 
(Skirmishers are free)

If you're interested please PM me or send an e-mail to:

Here's what you would be getting for  your money:

Late Roman Comitatus:

Late Roman Bucellarii Unit 1:

Late Roman Bucellarii Unit 2:

Hun Horse Archers Unit 1:

Hun Horse Archers Unit 2:

Late Roman Infantry and Archers:

Late Roman Skirmishers:

Pretty much a bargain.


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!!