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Warspite107 Apr 2017 7:03 p.m. PST

I occasionally design flags in Photoshop for wargaming the so-called Wars of the Roses.
Normally I struggle with finding original art off the internet but on a wave of inspiration I suddenly realised I had been photographing English church windows for years and ignoring the fact that they were good source material for medieval art.


The above is a livery banner intended to be printed on paper, cut out and then wrapped around a wire flag pole. For 15mm figures each half will be about 18 to 20mm wide scale up larger for 28mm figures.

The livery colours are those of Richard, Duke of York, the original Yorkist claimant to the throne. His livery colours were blue/white (the reverse of Henry VI and the Duke of Somerset's white/blue).

The device is his falcon in a fetterlock and symbolises how (as allegedly the rightful king) his family ambitions are constrained by the Lancastrian claimant to the throne. After Richard's death his three sons (Edward Earl of March, George Duke of Clarence and Richard Duke of Gloucester) changed the family colours to blue and murrey, this latter colour being a blood red similar to claret. This change almost certainly symbolised 'dipping' the white half of the livery in the blood of their dead father and brother Edmund. Both were killed at the Battle of Wakefield in 1460.

Edward's later version is here: link

Some later versions of this badge show the falcon set free and now sitting ON the fetterlock. This version probably dates to Edward IV's reign and symbolise that the family's ambitions have finally been set free.

Green Tiger08 Apr 2017 8:59 a.m. PST

Very nice – thanks for sharing

Warspite108 Apr 2017 9:14 a.m. PST

@ Green Tiger

You are most welcome. I would add that all my Flickr stuff is strict copyright but my livery banners I regard as open source, if anyone wants to copy them they can. Either screen-shot them or else email me and I will happily send out a free .jpg.


vexillia08 Apr 2017 9:49 a.m. PST

Either screen-shot them or else email me and I will happily send out a free .jpg.

No need. Inspect code and rip image url direct. Easy peasy.

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Warspite108 Apr 2017 3:14 p.m. PST

Well whichever!


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