As I have posted before, finding heraldry for the nobility of the time is quite easy (special mention to the DMWS website and their medieval page, for example), but what the commoners carried on banners and shields is a bit more elusive. I could just paint lots of St George crosses, but that would be too easy (and not necessarily even accurate....)
Whilst looking for suitable badges, devices and flags for various potential city contingents, I started by simply typing in the name of a city that existed in medieval times in the search bar (Bristol, Norwich and York are good in this context, Birmingham and Milton Keynes are not!). Images of current city badges came thick and fast and, using a bit of licence, guesswork, further research and by removing likely later emblems, I came up with a few ideas. Going back to Bristol for a moment, I can report that the Bristolians of the 14th Century will not feature in the project, as their city badge has an 18th century sailing ship on it! That was a giveaway without any further research!!!
Using this basic premise, their geographical location and their part in anti-Scots actiivty in this era, I settled on Carlisle for this contingent, simply removing red roses from the current badge (too early for Lancastrians, you see), which basically left me with a red cross on a yellow field - entirely plausible I hope you will agree.
The fact that the cross featured is fluted at the end of each bar (I forget the correct heraldic term for this.......) adds a bit of interest to a simple design.
Hope you like it.
Thus, I give you "Carlisle and the Cumbrians", not a northern folk band, but a motley crew of northern English city militia, equipped to go and fight the Scots (if they do not get ridden down by some impetuous English noblemen first!)
|Close up of the banner, calico again and painted with water-based acrylics as always.|
|The chap on the right has seen some action recently. I tried some gore effects on a few shields in this unit. I am still looking for my favourite way of doing it.|
|The unit also features a couple of variously-dyed livery surcoats.|
|Essex command figure and rear rank chap with glaive alongside the usual Fireforge figures and more gore effects. I have also combat-distressed some of the shields to show a variety of age of equipment and usage within the unit.|