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naseby4521 Jun 2016 8:00 a.m. PST

Having up until now only painted later weapons such as muskets etc which were generally of a darker colour I am now turning my attention to building armies for the WOTR period.
This may therefore seem like a very stupid question, but what colour would both the pole arms and bows generally have been at this period? Were they a natural wood colour, painted different colours or a mixture? If they were a natural wood what shade in the Vallejo ranges would anybody recommend?

GurKhan21 Jun 2016 8:19 a.m. PST

A distinction was drawn between painted and unpainted bows: "Thus, in 1341, white bows are mentioned at 12d. and painted bows at 1s. 6d" –
link – a bit earlier, but probably the same applied.

MajorB21 Jun 2016 10:30 a.m. PST

When constructing a longbow the inner side of the bow, the belly, is comprised of heartwood, while the back, away from the archer, is sap wood. Usually a beige colour sapwood, with a red, violet or brownish heartwood.

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