This unit has been a little while in the making - owing to a few French distractions, but here we have my first offering for 2013; the retinue of Sir John Tuchet, 8th Baron Audeley.
Audeley himself had a reasonable amount of sculpting conversion with the addition of his skirt, you can read more about this process and some of his biography in this earlier post.
Some of his followers have had small elements of sculpting work too, note the cross in some of their hose, the addition of a beard to the archer reaching for an arrow and the feather in the cap of the trumpeter. Here's a couple of close ups;
The standard was the reason I chose to add Audeley as it's quite unique, it's original description reads; 'a Moor's head in profile, golden crescent for difference. Sprinkled with (9) white butterflies, each differenced with a crescent.'
I was keen to emphasise Audeley's pose with the selection and composition of the trumpeter and flag bearer - as a group they appear (i hope) to be signalling or getting the attention of another unit - or perhaps he is giving the order to loose, either way I thought it added a little extra to the stand.
I'm sticking with infantry for the moment and have a few billmen undercoated and ready for some attention - more on these soon.